Bearded Iris in Gouache and Watercolor

My gouache class is going to start working on flowers in the coming week,
and I'm just trying to get together some examples in watercolor and
The truth is, I prefer the combination of WC and gouache to just
plain gouache, which I find rather mat and dull. I like the variations
inherent in combining both mediums into one piece. Of course
there are many beautiful gouache paintings, and I have used gouache
exclusively myself, but for right now, I'm gravitating towards the
watercolor/gouache combination.
Tomorrow I need to get some real flowers to work from. I hope I can
find some interesting ones to work from. I just wish summer were not
over, and that flowers weren't so expensive! Maybe I should move to


Black Sweet Peas

Ever since I lived in Blacksburg, Virginia, when my
husband was going to Architecture school, I have been
fascinated by black sweet pea flowers. They grew wild
around the house where we were living, or perhaps,
someone had planted them there. I did several monotypes
of them in oils, all of which I loved, but unfotunately, I no
longer have my favorite one.

This painting is gouache and watercolor, yet again. I'm happy
with it, although I don't feel the same sense of mastery that
I do over oils. I haven't had the years of practice yet. I'll
just keep plugging along. The color in the picture is actually
a bit more red, and while I tried to correct it, it still doesn't
come across totally as it really is. No problem. It still looks
like some black sweet peas, and that was my objective for
the day.
I just love this medium!

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Late Afternoon in Florida in August

I did this today while I was teaching my oil painting
studio class. I had very few students for some reason.
I teach gouache - which this is - in the morning, and
I had already gotten it going, and couldn't bear to stop.
My students were very accomodating however, and we
all had a wonderful afternoon!