I needed two sessions to complete this gouache sketch in the forest diary. It is the mating season for the roe deers. Today I heard a roebuck jumping through the undergrowth coming nearer. Finally there he stood some 40 yards opposite of me staring curiously at the intruder. With a couple of impressive jumps he disappeared again and warned me with loud barking. On my way home I heard him again giving a barking duel with one of his colleagues.
“You only need sit still long enough in some attractive spot in the woods that all its inhabitants may exhibit themselves to you by turns.” – 12. Brute Neighbors, Walden, Henry David Thoreau
I found that quote,which is nothing poetic, but states a simple fact, on the net today and decided that I should read Walden again.
See the making of this sketch in the slide show below.
Apart from the mixing trays that come with the Caran d’Ache 14 color set I use a separate plastic mixing tray. In the compartment at the very left top I always place the white.
There is clear water in the upper bigger compartment and the mixing takes place in the one below. The plastic cup is filled with water to clean the brushes, I also have some old towels with me to strip off excess colour and water from the brushes if needed. The bristle brushes, especially the old and torn ones, are great to create structures of the wood and bark in dry brush technique.
This is a bristle brush in action. I have those in various sizes with me from very small up to no 16. Mostly I use a no.14 which is nice for painting leaves. I love the Caran d’Ache gouache set because it is so easy to mix natural colours with it.