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Muir Beach sketching trip…

February 9, 2009

Cold and rainy today – so of course we decide to go sketching :) Rumor has it you can’t find a parking spot at Muir Beach anytime after 10AM on a normal weekend – so I thought we’d take advantage of the unreliable weather. Turned out to be a great day for sketching. No crowds, and an interesting overcast foggy feeling that seems typical of NorCal winter.


I’m using 6×9 Canson watercolor blocks and painting with transparent watercolor mixed with black and white gouache. Mix gouache with color ‘to taste’, depending on how much coverage is needed…ranging from none, to about 50/50, and then touching in some highlights and dark shadows with 90% gouache. This is pretty much a reprise of the technique Erik Tiemens showed us in Mendocino last year (see this post).

I was also doing two paintings at the same time…I don’t have much patience waiting for washes – so this is a nice way to keep working back and forth without watching paint dry. On a humid day like this, you could probably do three at the same time…

I ordered a fancy-schmancy watercolor easel – but it hasn’t arrived yet – so I’ve reverted to sitting in the dirt. (well, ok, on a camping stool). On a day like this, it’s easier to just spread your stuff on the ground. You don’t have to worry about your easel blowing over.



7 Comments leave one →
  1. February 9, 2009 12:30 PM

    how cool to live in a place where you can alternate between urban and nature sketching without having to go too far. love the watercolors !

  2. February 10, 2009 12:15 AM

    nice work – and I really appreciate the window into your gear and process.

  3. February 14, 2009 5:49 PM

    I loved seeing “behind the scenes” – the pic of where you were sitting and your paints all laid out. cool

  4. Donna permalink
    February 16, 2009 6:36 AM

    Nice! What kind of easel did you buy–enquiring minds want to know.

  5. Donna permalink
    February 18, 2009 10:16 AM

    Thanks, I have been looking at that one too. I bought a soltek, but it is pretty heavy for me. Interested in hearing how you like it–let us know. Thanks.

  6. March 7, 2009 2:18 AM

    love these. great trip, eh? looks wonderful.

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