Carefree wildflower garden illustration

Yesterday I felt really inspired by artists like Carolyn Gavin and Amarilys Henderson. Flowers aren’t my favorite subject to paint, but there’s no denying that sometimes it’s the best thing in the world to sit down with no agenda other than to play with color and make satisfying brush strokes. Florals lend themselves well to that.

I squeezed out some gouache onto my mixing palette: Rose and Horizon Blue (both Turner Design Gouache which I got for a fantastic price at Jerry’s Artarama), Lemon Yellow and Ivory Black (Holbein), and M.Graham Titanium White. And just started painting plants! It was free and fun and I enjoyed filling in the spaces as I layered more and more in.

Daily Painting 09-19-17 loose and colorful wildflowers gouache illustration in Canson XL Mix Media sketchbook

My Escoda Versatil brushes haven’t been getting much love lately so I used the size 6 for this sketch. It’s a slightly stiffer brush (certainly more so than my Princeton Neptunes) that did well with the gouache. The really thin lines were painted with a size 2 liner.

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