I’m watching out for ‘budburst’, that magical time when as the name suggests, the leaves burst from the bud and spring (for me at least) officially starts.
These past 11 months have involved a deep and through scrutiny of the plants and animals I have in my immediate surroundings, hence my journalling and drawing practise. I noticed the lime buds on the mature trees alongside the farm track were a bright vivid crimson red, which I’m not sure I have particularly noticed before.
I clipped a couple off and brought them home to paint. I decided to use a sheet of white Khadi paper, and gouache in alizarin crimson and burnt umber.
I added a little of the burnt umber to the crimson to darken it but I kept to these two colours, and I’m really pleased with the result:
I haven’t done any shadows as I wanted to focus on the colours rather than going for trompe l’oeil.
I need to get some more paints as many of these are a few years old and my usage has been rather sporadic in the last year or two. Does anyone have tips on how to rehydrate dried tubes of gouache? I dunked my brush in the water and took the paint direct from the tube but that wasn’t ideal! Also, does anyone recommend a brand of gouache? I have only ever used Windsor & Newton.
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