I painted these pieces on Family Drawing Night. They’re both from photos, done while chatting with family on Thursday night. I really love the opportunity to do things outside of the usual and the little discoveries and surprises they bring.
When drawing from photos, it helps me to have a personal connection to the place. This first piece explores texture and is based on a photo from Hampi, India, a magical place I have fond memories of visiting. Done in a tiny book in watercolor + white gouache. I usually use white just for highlights, but here I mixed in in with other colors to create opaque gouache-like colors and layer texture over texture.
This next piece is done with just white gouache on black paper in a Stillman and Birn Trio book. My favorite little bit was finding that if I used watered down gouache, it pooled in a more opaque little thread around the edges of a shape in a way I really liked. See detail at bottom of image. Watercolor does this too, and I always like it, but something about the starkness of one-color highlights the pooling.
How and where these little experiments will find their way back into my work, I never know or worry about. If nothing else, they record my current interest in texture.