Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Tuscan Landscape Gouache


Tuscan snow 13 x 12 cm
Gouache on Terraskin

For this gouache landscape I was drawn back to the samples of Terraskin paper Jeanette Jobson of Illustrated Life gave me to test. I really love this ground because while the gouache goes on looking very patchy it dries velvety smooth.

The inspiration for the painting was a photo I took on my morning walk after our first snow just before Christmas. Having joined Katherine Tyrrell's new project The Art of the Landscape I figured I had better get cracking and paint some landscapes, even if I'm finding the weather too miserable to get out and paint.

Happy New Year everybody. I've been very lazy over the festive season. I didn't even make any resolutions for 2010 except a promise to myself to FOCUS. It a challenge for me to stop dashing in all directions; trying every new craze; following every Pied Piper of the Palette and instead, to focus on a couple of main areas of artistic expression. Painting in gouache from a combination of life, photos and imagination is one area of focus, my printmaking is the other. Let's see if I can stay on track.

23 comments:

EH said...

Oh mio Dio, quanto è bello questo?
Favolosamente,Robyn!

Joan Sandford-Cook said...

Sounds a wonderful programme for the New Year - very focused!!

Wonderful gouache painting. It has such feeling.

Pat said...

Martin said it so well. How beautiful! To see this open up on my laptop was just a delight.

Jeanette said...

Robyn, this one is stunning! The winter light that you've captured and the depth to the far hills is wonderful.

Gouache and you are definitely good companions. It sounds like that terraskin works very well with it.

Cathy Gatland said...

Well you've started the New Year with a fantastic painting Robyn. Great depth and the light catching the snow is sparkling! Whether you stay on track or not, I know I'll enjoy the journey!

Sherrie Y said...

Oh. My.
Definitely a keeper. You go, Robyn! You always inspire me to keep working. Or maybe that's kick me in the butt so I don't stop. Either way, it's pretty darn effective!

Katherine Tyrrell said...

Gorgeous Robyn - the girl did good!

Charlene Brown said...

As Martin aka EH said above - OMD! Robyn, this is brilliant.

A Brush with Color said...

Wow, Robyn--this is so atmospheric! I love it! It's beautiful.

Dana Cochran said...

Wonderful Robyn!

I just dropped by to say Happy New Year to you! Whatever you do, I always enjoy it.

Focus ~ that is one thing that is definitely on my list...but I am not off to a really good start just yet. ;0

alison staite said...

I just caught up on this one. It is indeed a winner!

Blast...just as i was trying to 'focus' on watercolour i keep seeing more of you gouache and it makes me want to try!

Have a brilliant 2010.

VIRTUAL ART said...

Very nice all your work.

Joan said...

Happy New Year, Robyn!! Your Tuscan snow painting is lovely...soothing to the spirit!!!

Cathy said...

Happy New Year Robyn. I just adore your Tuscan snow painting.

Joan Sicignano Artist said...

Hi Robyn, just found your blog on Joan's blog. Your work is lovely. Happy New Year to you also.

Gary Keimig said...

Very nice painting. Interesting choice of paper for your gouache. Being a gouache painter myself I might have to try that.

quirkyartist said...

This is amazing. Those foreground trees are so wonderful that I initially thought it was a photograph.

Laureline said...

I'm so enjoying your gouache series, Robyn. That paper is obviously working for you!

caseytoussaint said...

Oh my. I'm speechless, that's a really lovely landscape.

Emily@dsnyc.com said...

Your artwork is fabulous! This landscape picture imparticular is just breathtaking.

I would like to include the artwork you have done on the terraskin on our TerraSkin Facebook page, as well as other social media outlets, however I wanted to get permission from you first.

Of course we will credit all your work to you, and include a link back to your blog when possible.

Your should check out our facebook page and encourage others to post their findings on it!

Please let me know if you will allow me to repost your images and findings.

Thank you,

Emily

Melissa Muldoon said...

Molto bello! I dropped by to say ciao! and that I enjoy your work. A presto!

Robyn said...

Melissa - Great to meet you. I went to your blog looking for your art and came away very impressed with your grasp of Italian. Brava!

Lakrime' Creations said...

Robyn! I LOVE this one! Where is this....La Foce?? It also looks like a view from my neck of the woods...
K xxx

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