My Work: Watercolor Landscape Studies

Over spring break our family took a road trip from the bay area to Las Vegas, to the Grand Canyon, to a friend's home in Arizona, to Santa Monica, and back home. Lots of driving. And lots of scenery.

About a year ago I went to a watercolor class at the local library where the teacher shared how she would paint on a train and the challenge was painting fast (like within two minutes) because you only have so much time before your view is gone. I thought painting landscapes would be a fun challenge and pass some time during our trip and it was! I couldn't do as many as I'd like because I am prone to car sickness but I was able to complete a handful. Here are my three favorites.

Highway 5 South

Amanda Gomes Watercolor Landscape Painting • amandagomes.com

From the train ride to the Grand Canyon

Amanda Gomes Watercolor Landscape Painting • amandagomes.com

Leaving Arizona

Amanda Gomes Watercolor Landscape Painting • amandagomes.com

My Work: Bouquet Paintings

For the past few weeks I've been painting bouquets as often as I can and have shared many of them on Instagram. For inspiration, I've referenced bouquets in books, magazines, on instagram and pinterest, and fresh flowers on my desk from Trader Joe's (the best!!).

It's been fun painting arrangements in vases, some without, in various color palettes, adding details with color pencils or pen, and exploring different shapes and styles. 

Watercolor Bouquet Arrangement Illustration by artist Amanda Gomes • amandagomes.com
Watercolor Bouquet Arrangement Illustration by Amanda Gomes artist • amandagomes.com
Watercolor Bouquet Arrangement Illustration by artist Amanda Gomes • amandagomes.com
Watercolor Hydrangea Bouquet Arrangement Illustration by Amanda Gomes artist • amandagomes.com
Watercolor Bouquet Arrangement Illustration by artist Amanda Gomes • amandagomes.com
Watercolor Bouquet Arrangement Illustration by artist Amanda Gomes • amandagomes.com
Watercolor Bouquet Arrangement Illustration by Amanda Gomes • amandagomes.com
Watercolor Dahlia Bouquet Arrangement Illustration by Amanda Gomes artist • amandagomes.com
Watercolor Orchid Plant Illustration by artist Amanda Gomes • amandagomes.com
Watercolor Bouquet Arrangement Illustration by artist Amanda Gomes • Photo inspo by Fleur Studio • amandagomes.com

In the Shop: Christmas Gift Wrap

PSA: Christmas is less than six weeks away! If you're in need of wrapping paper, I've got you covered.

Okay, so this paper is seriously so pretty and thick—but not too thick. It's quality paper and won't rip at the corners of your boxes as you're wrapping. If you're a wrapping paper fan, I think you'll love these!

You can choose a set of 3 sheets or a set of 5 sheets. Most of the designs are made-to-order just for you so expect to receive your paper 10-15 days from the date you place your order.  

I hope you love wrapping your gifts with these as much as I do!

Coming Soon: an online Shop!

Guess what!? In the next few weeks, I'll be launching a shop, right here on my website, where you can find goodies featuring my watercolor work! To begin, I'll have stationery, art prints, and a couple other fun items.

Speaking of fun items, here's a sneak peek at some zipper pouches that will be available. I had some of my patterns printed on linen cotton canvas and am so excited about how they came out. I think you'll love them too! I'm only making about a dozen of these and don't plan on stocking more so if you'd like one, be sure to follow me on Instagram for updates or join my email list (and get free downloads while you're at it!) to find out when they'll be available.

Stay tuned...

Zipper Pouches designed by Amanda Gomes • amandagomes.com

My Work: Recent Sketches

I've been experimenting with sketches adding background colors in watercolor and like the extra boldness it adds to my work. I don't know if I'll make it a regular thing, but it's been fun to try.

The biggest struggle is knowing how to paint the background without it looking too messy. Some strokes and puddles look cool and others, not so much. One tip I can share is that it's obviously easier to do the background with a larger round brush...so I used a size 10 brush. The wide part gives a nice swash and the round tip helps me get around the detail areas.

Here are some of the sketches. What do you think?

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Copyright Amanda Gomes • watercolor pink coat illustration
Copyright Amanda Gomes • Watercolor Cake Illustration
Copyright Amanda Gomes • plates watercolor illustration
Copyright Amanda Gomes • watercolor camellia illustration
Copyright Amanda Gomes • watercolor succulent illustration
Copyright Amanda Gomes  • Watercolor Floral Pattern

 

For more of my work, follow along on Instagram to see my daily sketches and patterns.

Practice Recommendation: Magazine Illustrations

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen me post these practice illustrations in my Stories. I've been wanting to get better at watercolor illustrations because I typically default to painting florals and fruit so I chose four magazine covers and painted them in a fairly quick style over four days. I took about 30-60 min for each. I wasn't aiming for perfect (clearly!), but instead I wanted to get the idea across and get a feel for sketching a space.

I'd love to be more comfortable painting a range of subjects, including people, animals, furniture, houses, etc. and these cover paintings are such a good idea. They have a variety of elements on each cover which make me consider depth and angles as well as figuring out how to "paint white" by leaving areas empty and painting around the white parts. There's the lettering aspect too which is fun! I'm going to continue this practice even though I probably won't keep sharing them...and I recommend you try too if you're in the same boat. Have fun!

Day 1: Real Simple

Watercolor Practice Idea: use magazine covers for lots of illustration elements
Real Simple Magazine Cover Sept 2017

Day 2: Better Homes & Gardens

Watercolor Practice Idea: use magazine covers for lots of illustration elements
Watercolor Practice Idea: use magazine covers for lots of illustration elements

Day 3: Sunset

Watercolor Practice Idea: use magazine covers for lots of illustration elements
Watercolor Practice Idea: use magazine covers for lots of illustration elements

Day 4: House Beautiful

Watercolor Practice Idea: use magazine covers for lots of illustration elements
Watercolor Practice Idea: use magazine covers for lots of illustration elements

Day 5: Martha Stewart Living

Watercolor Practice Idea: use magazine covers for lots of illustration elements
Watercolor Practice Idea: use magazine covers for lots of illustration elements