Path to the forest. Casein and gouache on paper 10″x14″.
Forest scene showing two male deer. The first stage was a quick watercolor-esque gouache application (left). The gouache can be treated just like watercolor, this consists mostly of wet-in-wet washes of burnt umber, yellow ochre and cobalt blue. For this, transparent gouache pigments are essential since many manufacturers add titanium white or filler in their gouache.
Even though gouache ‘lifts’ with water, addition of thicker casein paint on top of the first stage can be done with minimal lifting (Right). This shines through, particularly in the dry brush effects with the grass. Some brown ink was added later for fine lines in the fur.
Head studies. Casein on paper 2.5″x2.5″ each.
Head studies of works by two (nearly) contemporary artists – James Gurney (left) and Rien Poortvliet (right). The attempt was to recreate their working styles in the course of this study.
James makes a pencil sketch, fixes with acrylic matte medium, then goes from transparent to opaque paint application. Rien starts with a permanent brown ink drawing with semi opaque paint application over the top.
dwArapAlaka, Gouache and pencil on paper 7″x10″.
At the entrance to the inner sanctum of any Hindu (Shiva/ Vishnu) temple are the mighty dwArapAlakas (dwAra = gate, pAlaka = protector) or gate keepers. The keepers of a Vishnu temple and those of a Shiva temple are distinct and over the millennia they’ve come to feature in many a mythological story.
This particular one is from the thyAgarajar kovil (a Shiva temple) in the little town of Thiruvarur in South India. Sculpted in brass and standing over 4 feet tall, it simply had to be recorded in a sketchbook.
Painted in gouache over a gesso primed, green tinted 300 gm watercolor paper in a sketchbook 7″x10″.
Location: thyAgaraja temple, Thiruvarur, Tamil Nadu, India
Ginger Prince, oil on canvas panel 11″x14″.
Oil painting of Paul Scholes, Manchester United legend.
Cupped hands. Pastel on paper 9″x12″.
The human palm is a very intricate subject – not easy to draw but trivial to spot a flaw!
The paper is Canson Mi Teintes. The back side (smooth) is surprisingly nice to put pigment on.
Open Goal. Gouache on paper 5″x8″.
Painted in gouache in a 300 gsm watercolor journal 5″x8″.
Perhaps it is time to dust off the cleats again. And there’s no goalkeeper to worry about!
Location: Freedom Field, Columbus, Indiana
Anthony Martial, Charcoal on paper, 9″x12″
Manchester United’s new #9. For the last minute cliffhanger against Everton.