Progression of a vision. 3 paintings of the same subject over the years., originally uploaded by Liquidmethod.
I thought I would show this same subject over the years of painting different versions. There are times that what I've painted is not what I had envisioned. It's a tough pill to swallow sometimes. I've abandoned paintings that I've started because I knew my vision wasn't in the painting. So far, I'm most happy with the last on the left. The one on the right has survived the impulse to stick it in the trash many times. I'm glad I held on to it, because it reminded me of what I really wanted it to be.
Monticello Coca-Cola Bottling Plant - Plein Air - Gouache on Moleskine 8x11" - Available, originally uploaded by Liquidmethod.
This has to be my first proper plein air in gouache and my first also with more than two colors. It's approach is vastly different than oil. Colors dry, no pushing and moving thick paint. On the flip side, it is much more agreeable to me than watercolor. I can layer and cover colors. Using straight to paint works just like I would with oils. I know some use a pencil sketch underneath, but I would have gotten caught up in details that would have been covered up anyways. I'm glad I spent the extra money on designer gouache, which does have some vibrant hues. Moleskine makes a fantastic watercolor notebook. The paper is nice and sturdy and doesn't buckle as other books would have.