Combine paint mediums
I started this painting with watercolor for a soft background sky and sea. As I moved to the foreground I used darker values in watercolor. Looking for a punch of bright colors I switched to gouache paint.
Experiment with paints
My favorite beach cruiser bicycles are bright summer colors. Maybe teal, pink, pale blue or even yellow. To get the pop of color I wanted I switched to an opaque watercolor, also known as gouache.
Rest and relaxation is what this painting is all about. Two bicycles have been ridden to the beach and lean against a fence. The riders are off relaxing ocean-side.
Drawing inspiration from a scene at the beach, I like to sketch in pencil for 10-15 minutes on location. Have a small sketchbook or journal with you.
In this step I have finished painting with the watercolor. I just do not get the color I am looking for so I break out the gouache paints.
I painted the bicycles and the areas of the foreground in gouache for the pop of color that I was looking for. Finished painting is further below. Click button for purchase information.
Beach cruiser kind of day
Medium: watercolor and gouache on Arches paper
Size: 9.5″ x 13″