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  • Sandra Strait posted artwork 1 month ago

    Topiary Horses. I love googling ‘topiary’ to get inspiration for my stylized landscapes. Usually, I just scroll through the photos and then go off to do a painting but occasionally I’ll see something that I just have to paint from a reference. Fortunately, I was able to find a good Pixabay photo of these beautiful topiary horses, which are found in the Jardin botanique de Montréal. Miya gouache on Stonehenge Black Watercolor Paper Topiary Horses-Miya gouache on Stonehenge Black Watercolor Paper

    Topiary Horses. I love googling ‘topiary’ to get inspiration for my stylized landscapes.
    • These are cool Sandra! You are making me excited to try my new paper but I found that I have to learn to play nicely with my gouache first. That didn’t go as well as I would have liked this afternoon. Humbling but tomorrow is another day. I’ve been scrolling through YouTube videos this evening.

      • Thank you, Karen! Gouache does handle a bit differently from watercolor. It took me a few tries to get the feel for it. I’m going to have to be careful to switch back and forth quite a bit, or I’ll be constantly trying to use both of them incorrectly.

        • I am just starting to worry about that. I love my watercolor and original was going to use the qouache just to supplement in certain situations but have been intrigued by how some people can do some great plein air work in gouache. So much to try to master and have fun with! So glad that I have the time to play! 😊

          • Fortunately, the difference isn’t vast and I think after a while you’d adjust according to the medium without problem. But it will take a while. I’ll probably end up mostly using gouache on colored paper.

    • Gorgeous!

    • This is awesome, Sandra! 😍

    • Wow, so vibrant. Love the colors!

      • Thank you, Bonnie! I talk about choosing colors for my shadows on the blog post I did for this painting.

    • Ohhhhhhhh so gorgeous!!!!

    • Beautiful, Sandra!!

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