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Gouache resist, the process

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I have a commission to paint a dog portrait. I thought I'd show you my process. Sketch on tracing paper first. I like tracing paper because I can turn it around, sketch something else and trace it, play with it easily. I did a few thumbnails to get the composition the way I wanted before I drew it full size.
 Next, transfer (with a light box, or sometimes taped to a window) onto 140 lb. watercolor paper, then painting with thick gouache. I use darker colors than they will eventually turn out, as some gets washed off with the ink later. It has taken years of playing to figure this out, and I am still learning...
 More paint, leaving white space...
 ...which will turn black...
 I forgot to take a photo of the inked step, which would be right here.I cover the entire thing with India ink (I like Higgins Calligraphy ink. A few years ago they discontinued Higgins Engrossing, and I went into a panic, buying all I could find, emailing the company,  testing out every other kind out there. It …

An Ocean of Art...the film!

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People REALLY loved our annual art show this year....so here it is one more time, click the title above and take a walk through the gallery...

Someone loves all this rain we've been having...

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...the roses...
 the pots I forget to water...

 ...the sweet peas...
 ...the raspberries...
 ...the lettuce...
...and oops, a fellow sun-lover. Outside, at last!

An Ocean of Art!

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Well, we've done it again!  Another art exhibit is ready for an audience.... take a look below, at the timelapse setup...made my partner, Kim Buckingham.
Phew! Now I'm going to take a nap.

Illustration Friday - Lesson

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This is probably the hardest week of the school year for me. This week I need to remember to stop and smell the roses. This week I need to enjoy the process, and slow down. This week I need to breathe.