The Painting Process
The following few images show the progress of a piece of work. I use a very limited palette, yellow, blue and red, and white for tints. I will draw some pencil guidelines, the tree trunks, some horizontal divisions in the land and water. In this painting I started with the greens in the back. I can manipulate the colour from spring green to earth green to blue green by changing the amount of each of the three primary colours as often as I wish. Gouache does not get muddy. The colour mixing is done in the palette. I do not paint in washes or overlap darker over lighter colours, rather each area of colour is painted beside the next. Sometimes I paint the background first, other times the foreground. Sometimes I like to work from the lighter to the darker colours or I may do the opposite. One thing I do consistently is paint in sections.