Big thanks to everyone who came out! The 5th Annual Margaret Walter's Paint Out Exhibition was held September 15th at ArtEscape Studios . 1/4 of my pieces were sold and a portion of the proceed were donated to Carnegie Picture Lab to further the development of art education in the Walla Walla Valley. I had loads of fun continuing to experiment with a new medium ; gouache. The experimentation lead to flat illustrative pieces more focused on rich color and composition. For the Paint Out series, I played with crossing boundaries by letting my paintings jut from their captive matte-like boarders.
The Paint Out crew visited several locations in Walla Walla, making for an array of interesting subject matter. I found a dilapidated car at Green Valley Nursery (which you can see here) that was in the process of being over grown by its surrounding environment. I found this scene quite fascinating! To me, it was a reminder of the impending pace of nature, for it will always outlive us and our creations.
Our first stop was at the Blue Mountain Lavender Farm. This beautiful location was home to gorgeous lavender fields and poppy beds. After filling up on lavender lemonade, II scouted the area I came across an aged wagon worth the look. This piece was the first tackled for the Paint Out, and ultimately my first experiment with gouache on a larger scale. Some of the areas I went about in layers as I would normally do in traditional oil painting. But other areas I were applied on stark and flat as Goacuhe is intended to be. I defiantly have more to learn with this medium!
These were 20 minute studies made on sight. The Lavender Farm study was made from oils, which lead to a more loose and rough rendering. The Green Valley Nursery study of the coop door was done with gouache, creating a more flat and robustly colored look. I had the joy of sending the Lavender Farm Study of to a new home as it was thankfully sold at the Paint Out Exhibition.
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