Next Christmas picture is book-related. Mo the Cat and the girl named Emma – Mo calls her “Ma” – are two characters from a story written by Dorie Deats, “Mo’s Little Giant” (on Amazon now!) Cats are excellent tree decorators and Emma appreciates a little help, I’m sure. Gouache and pencils. Merry Christmas to everyone!
Gouache paints. I quite often use gouache in quasi-watercolor mode, but this time I have tried to use thick paint.
This spring’s been so cold that trees are 3 weeks late to bloom, and farmers already have started to fight for financial compensation from government. Even though their “lost harvest” doesn’t exist yet. Reasonable people. Everybody knows government is slow. But now it happened, at last. Trees are blooming.
This is Liquitex watercolor (crimson, emerald green, yellow) and white gouache on tinted watercolor paper. Yes, I have found tinted watercolor paper lately! It can be bought in several shades; blue, gray, yellow… This one is yellow. The well-lit upper surface of the flower in top left corner, this is true color of the paper. No paint here.
One more experiment with gouache & watercolor combination. Last time it was a naiad, river nymph, and this is dryad, the ghost of the tree. Actually the idea behind was less important to me then the paint, this time 🙂 Gouaches differ from watercolor in more ways then just being more opaque.
Patsy’s story about Christmas trees. One night before Christmas a nice young lady with short supplies of money buys Marshall, the Christmas tree without top. Marshall is watching three empty holes, when he’s leaving; the place where he and his two friends had been waiting so long. That’s why walking pair is moved to the left.