i did some poking around in my art room today. searching for the last gouache palette grid i painted. i dug through the paper drawers, in the closets, and drawers, in baskets, way in the back of my various desks. when i couldn’t find it i started blaming people. someone hid it from me. but who?!
i abandoned the search and proceeded without it. time to refill the gouache palette. i wanted to make sure i got the right paint in the right pan. 90% sure is not 100% ya know? without my diagram it’s very possible i could goof and mix a cracking gouache with my good schmincke tubes. where the devil is that palette card?!
i didn’t refill all the pans. several hours later i found the grid i’d been searching for. i cut it up last year so it would fit in a desk organizer on my main art table. in other words it was hiding in plain sight. by the way, i overfill the pans because they shrink. i’ll push my thumb into each one tomorrow when they’re still soft and indent the mound of paint.
i’ve missed painting with gouache.
this sketchbook has 7 gouache paintings of my bookcases that i did last year and they might be my fav work that i did in 2017. i started this one today and i’ll finish it tomorrow. am i back in the saddle? i don’t think so. but i’ve got one hand on the horn and i’m trying to swing a leg over.
missus was monitoring my mad search through every nook and cranny for the missing palette grid. i think she knew where it was all along but was afraid to try and intervene. i was in active blaming stage after all.
my walk this morning was sublime.
these koi look like a monet don’t you think?
it was cold and quiet this morning. the gardens were sleepy, the air was milky. the moment when the sun gets high enough to start illuminating everything is a wondrous time. love my sojourns to the gardens more than i can say.
okay…i’m going back to my art table to play with my gouache. see you soon!