painting with gouache
4. “Desert Sleepwalker” (6x16 in., gouache on watercolor block)

Mike Hernandez is an Art Director in the animation industry and a plein air artist who loves painting with gouache. Here, he shares seven of his landscapes along with inside info just for you.

The following is part of a series featuring a leader in the art community who will be joining us on the faculty of Watercolor Live, a virtual art conference taking place January 26-28, 2023, with a Beginner’s Day on January 25.

Painting with Gouache: 7 Serene Examples

painting with gouache
1. “The Trail to the Minarets” (8×10 in., gouache on illustration board)

I painted this one using only a 1-inch flat brush. I like how this forces me to be more economical with my marks and helps me find more iconic shapes.

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painting with gouache
2. “Celestial Pleins” (6×7 in., gouache on illustration board)

This was the first in the beginning of a series of nocturnal paintings inspired by one of my favorite painters, Frank Tenney Johnson.

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painting with gouache
3.  “Sierra Serenity” (14×18 in., gouache on illustration board)

I’ve painted this location many times; it is a personal favorite. The lighting was inspired by Albert Bierstadt.

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painting with gouache
4. “Desert Sleepwalker” (6×16 in., gouache on watercolor block)

This is another from the nocturne series painted on watercolor paper. This was my first time embracing the full benefits of a water-based medium on watercolor paper using the wet-on-wet technique.

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painting with gouache
5. “Sleeping Shadows in the Eastern Sierra” (5×8 in., gouache on bristol paper)’

This was painted on bristol paper provided by Cottonwood Arts. I was very surprised by how well the paper held up with heavy paint.

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6. “Towsley Canyon” (5x8 in., gouache on bristol paper)
6. “Towsley Canyon” (5×8 in., gouache on bristol paper)

Another one painted on bristol paper using a limited palette of Primary White, Katsuya Blue, Cad Yellow, Burnt Umber, and Alizarine Crimson.

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7. “Iceberg Lake” (16x20 in., gouache on illustration board)
7. “Iceberg Lake” (16×20 in., gouache on illustration board)

One of the largest paintings that I have done using gouache. Because of the size, I stuck with a 3-inch and 1-inch flat brush.

Related: PleinAir Podcast 208: Mike Hernandez on Channeling Fear and More

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