A Raven and a River

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.

About Suhita Shirodkar

obsessive-sketcher. graphic designer.
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4 Responses to A Raven and a River

  1. douglas wittnebel says:

    I love gouache as well as watercolor…

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  2. Cheryl says:

    Suhita, these are lovely. I especially like the raven and the effects you got. Very ravenly in black and white

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  3. latishaperry says:

    these are really beautiful!

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  4. M.B. Henry says:

    Wow, these are gorgeous!

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