Another day, another train wreck.

15 September, 2019.

Yes, I tortured myself again by painting in gouache on day two of the three-day Brush Creek Art Walk.

First off, I had a reasonably good idea what and where I wanted to paint. Walking along the path, the location I had in mind never materialized. The canopy of trees I had thought were just down the path was… somewhere else? Who knows.

While the shadows were on my kit, the colors felt “right,” but as the direct sun moved overhead they began to feel cartoonish to me. I was almost thankful that an unexpected event pulled me away from my sketch earlier than planned. I packed the car thinking I hated this sketch, but looking at it later on I am less critical.

I dunno. Sunday afternoon is the final event and I feel like I need to retreat into a place of comfort with pens and maybe watercolor. Gouache is making me work too hard.


Two small 5 x 7 paintings so far. They look ok under mat and frame, but I almost feel like the presentation is disguising some real technical flaws. Waaaa!

Gouache on Stillman and Birn gray paper, glued to mat board.


  1. lepastelbleu · September 15

    aha !! really! this second is more beautiful than the first! with less details it would be even better, however I like it, the color has a good consistency and light

    • azorch · September 15

      I painted that one yesterday morning. For the sun set paint out this evening, I will probably use watercolors. But I am in the studio this afternoon and I am thinking about trying your suggestion to use gum Arabic after lunch.

      • lepastelbleu · September 15

        put very little otherwise everything sticky! let me know how it goes!

  2. Hummingbird · September 16

    well, I just love that bench picture so much. as you know. lol There is just something about it, for me it is neat, clean, and vibrant. I want to sit on that bench and watch the shadows paint a story on the sidewalk as the sun directs the plot. or something like that ๐Ÿ™‚

    • azorch · September 16

      Shapes that differentiate shadow from light are intriguing, donโ€™t you think? They are so abstract, yet have a certain life to them when combined with a recognizable object.

  3. Hummingbird · September 16

    Yes ๐Ÿ™‚

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