Lately I have been trying to plan a painting of a rocky out crop near our ranch In Dutch Valley. It has caught my attention for years, as I I have seen it in all times of day and light. It can appear very interesting. I have recently done a plein -air if it in pastel. It was a struggle, I washed the surface off and tried again in my studio using photos I had taken that day. I was not to successful. I have gone back since for more photo's, and will continue to do so. I just am not sure of the right way to view it. From down low, or from equal elevation looking at it from across the draw, morning, evening or what? I would like to come up with a composition, then use all my materials for an indoor work with oils-----So to that end I proceed.
Today, using photo's and the first plein-air, I painted with Gouache on stretched Grey toned Canson Mi-teintes, which is a wonderful paper. Since it had been stretched, then dried over night, I could use plenty of water while painting and not get any warps or wrinkles----This is how it came out---- I didn't like the lower tree, so I wiped out the paint. I paused to think what to do----I like that gouache paint dries so quickly.
I decided, since this is a fact finding effort, also a learning effort for both compostions and mixing color using white, that I didn't do to badly. I feel I learned a lot, and decided to go ahead with corrections and plans for a future painting, using my pastels. They really did help me go head and continue planning. This is where I stopped.
Thursday, I get a lesson in oils with Ray Freeman, and hope to use this as a subject. I have many pictures, and am still doing thumbnails with pencil for a better composition. Using gouache today as it snowed outside my window was fun and I plan to use this paint again. I do really like the canson papers for pastels , too. I experiment with many surfaces.