BEACH PATH PAINTING
On my way to the beach I stopped and noticed all the colorful textures underneath the trees. Beach paths are often filled with a variety of plants and trees that live close to the ocean. After taking a few photos and a simple sketch I continued to the ocean for the afternoon. When I arrived home I started a small gouache painting of the beach path. Gouache is an opaque watercolor paint. If you don’t have any gouache, add opaque white to your watercolors.
Inspired by a beach in Florida!
When painting in gouache, I usually start with thin layers of color. Much like a watercolor. After that wash dries I add thicker layers of gouache paint, as you can see in the video above. Often the initial transparent paint in the background will have a radiance of color. It will look like it is glowing.
Gouache tube colors
- Yellow Light, (Hansa)
- Naples Yellow Deep
- Raw Sienna
- Raw Umber
- Venetian Red
- Phthalo Green
- Turquoise Blue
- Arches 140 cold press watercolor paper
- Crescent cold press illustration board – occasionally
- 1″ flat
- large round size 12 with a nice point
- rigger or liner brush for detail
I use my watercolor brushes for gouache too!
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