Recent paintings in gouache and watercolour
Some recent explorations of the gouache medium. Gouache is essentially thick watercolour, and can be used transparently or opaquely. Several of these are en plein air, which just means that they were painted outdoors on location.
Inspired by the great James Gurney and my good friend and Julian Ashton's teacher Tam Cao, I have found that painting outdoors is a meditative process which really invites the artist to be in the present moment, and to notice a myriad elements of the scene which would otherwise go completely unnoticed.
To (probably dreadfully) paraphrase the Rick Rubin book I'm currently reading, the artist's journey is to reduce the amount of space between themselves and the universe. Painting en plein air certainly fits that bill.