Painting A Great Blue Heron With Gouache Paint

A close-up of me using the Robert Simmons 1/2 inch White Sable Oval.
A close-up of me using the Robert Simmons 1/2 inch White Sable Oval.

Painting A Great Blue Heron With Gouache Paint – Today I’ll concentrate on creating the base coats of paint for the great blue heron. The heron has small thin white feathers on the front of its neck and on its back. The base coat needs to be dark enough to provide contrast for the white feathers that I’ll paint on top. I like to mix paint on a sheet of glass. Because I draw with my brush, I mix gouache with a lot of water. Using a glass pallet for me is advantageous because it won’t warp or get soggy like a paper pallet and cleaning it is easy.

Painting A Great Blue Heron With Gouache Paint – Color Correction

Painting A Great Blue Heron With Gouache Paint - Outlining the great blue heron with our base color.
Outlining the great blue heron with our base color.

The painting is on a piece of 18″x24″ Strathmore 400 series watercolor paper spiral bound to the tablet. The heron already has some color on it but not the right colors. I’ll repaint the heron using a blue-gray paint that I mixed using a Windsor & Newton Gray, Jet Black and Cyan. I’ve painted an outline of the heron and filled it in using a #4 Robert Simmons White Sable Round. Unfortunately, the center has lines and streaks running through it. I’m painting over the middle using a Robert Simmons White Sable Series 752 Oval Wash 1/2″. Next post, we’ll begin painting the white feathers.

Painting A Great Blue Heron With Gouache Paint - The painting before we begin working on it.
The painting before we begin working on it.
Painting A Great Blue Heron With Gouache Paint - This is the color pallet for the great blue heron.
This is the color pallet for the great blue heron.
Painting A Great Blue Heron With Gouache Paint - A close-up of me using the Robert Simmons #4 White Sable Round.
A close-up of me using the Robert Simmons #4 White Sable Round.
These are the brushes I used for this demonstration.
These are the brushes I used for this demonstration.
Here is a closeup the new base color.
Here is a closeup the new base color.

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