Beginning a Gouache Painting of Blue Herons and Lily Pads

Beginning a Gouache Painting of Blue Herons and Lily Pads – It’s time to start another gouache painting. Great Blue Herons with a lily pad pond is the subject of my new painting.

Another Gouache Practice Painting

Beginning a Gouache Painting of Blue Herons and Lily Pads - The background is complete. Now working on the Blue Herons and the lily pads.
Beginning a Gouache Painting of Blue Herons and Lily Pads – The background is complete. Now working on the Blue Herons and the lily pads.

Like my previous painting, this painting was simply a practice sketch to figure out how to paint streams, ponds and forests on a sunny day. After working on it for several weeks, I decided it was good enough to sell and that I should document the remaining progress on the painting. Therefore the beginning stages of the painting had not been documented. I can however explain how and why this scene was chosen to be in the painting. Having a love for the Canadian Rockies and the Pacific northwest, I created a landscape with mountains in the background. I also wanted to maintain my theme of wetlands conservation by having a stream, pond or marsh in all of my paintings. This painting would include a pond with lily pads surrounded on both sides by meadows of bromegrass. For now, only 2 great blue herons are visible. I expect there to be more herons in the background before this painting is finished. The paper is 18″ X 24″ Strathmore 400 Series watercolor paper. In the next post I will show progress on the grass, the lily pads and possibly a base coat of paint for the two existing herons.