Rushing Streams and Solid Rocks

Falls River, 4.25" x 3.25"
gouache on Somerset Black Velvet printmaking paper

I'm preparing some 'rocks and water' paintings to share on WetCanvas soon in a thread devoted to that theme. I love painting this subject matter and wanted to show submerged rocks in this one. 

Green River Falls, 6.5x4.5 (paper size)
also on Somerset Black Velvet

I left a border on this one, making it quite dramatic, I think. Below is a close up to show you the loose brushwork I enjoy.

Colorado Runoff, 3.5 x 2.5"
gouache on Bristol Vellum

This one is meant to demonstrate the splash that's so much fun with gouache. Adding those sparkling lights last is always a thrill. 

Like these rocks that seem so stable and unmoving, despite the rush of water around them, I will not be moved. 

"To stand"= histēmi (Gk.) :
  • to place, put, set
  • to make firm, fix, establish
  • to set or place in a balance
  • to stop, stand still, to stand immovable, stand firm
  • continue safe and sound, stand unharmed, to stand ready or prepared
  • to be of a steadfast mind
  • one who does not hesitate, does not waiver

"Therefore take up the whole armor of God, 
that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, 
and having done all, to stand." 
Ephesians 6:13



  1. I'm new to the site, so I apologize if this has been discussed somewhere. I would like to use gouache on bristol, but how do you keep the paper from buckling?

  2. Hi Mike. This is a good question, and a fine place to put it. I sometimes use Bristol paper (both smooth and vellum, which I like slightly better.)It's lightweight but not really 'paper', more like card stock. I paint on it using a light hand with the water, not soaking it and painting wet-in-wet washes, but using the gouache with some water. It curls slightly, but the Bristol is easy to flatten out. Once it's dry I lightly bend it to flatten as much as I can, and then I place it in a neat stack with a piece of newsprint over the top, if not in one of the Clearbags I use, and put some books on top of it. It flattens out overnight.

    You could also tape the Bristol down to your drawing board, paint on it, and remove the tape when it's dry.

    You might also go over to Ralph Parker's blog and see what he has there. He's been painting on boards, too.

    And come visit us over at WetCanvas, in the Gouache Corner threads in the Watercolor Studio, or in the Casein, Gouache and Egg Tempera forum.

  3. Thank you. I'll give it a try! And I'll check out those other sites as well. I'm kind of new to gouache, but I like what can be produced with it so I've really been searching for info on it. There isn't much online and very few books devoted completely to the medium.

  4. Look up Erik Teimens. There's a list of other people painting in gouache over on my gouache blog:

    Larry Seiler has recently taken it up, too. Wonderful work!


  5. That's some beautiful stuff(on your gouache blog and the other artists)! Thank you so much. And let me just say how nice it is to know there ARE Christian artists out there. Art school and the art community is a lonely place at times for believers. God bless.

  6. Thanks, Mike. I've found that there are MANY Christians who are artists and we need to encourage one another to speak the truth in love about our faith. God bless you, too.


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