Watercolor on Gesso

"Naperville" 10 x 7.5 inches...watercolor on gessoed paper

This is the beautiful view out of my brother-in-laws home in Naperville, Ill. Gorgeous home...gorgeous view...fun little town. Just wanted to do a small warm up painting before I head back into the aerial view series....
I prepared some sheets of this paper quite a while ago....I brushed the gesso onto the paper with a stiff house painting brush, that created a vertical pattern of brush strokes. It's fun to paint on...and easy to wipe back the watercolor to lighten areas...This is a good thing to do with the watercolor paintings that just don't quite cut the mustard....who doesn't love to be able to call "DO OVER!" :)

Below is another painting done on the same paper....This cute cherub sits in the gardens at Cranbrook, in Bloomfield Hills Michigan....A great place to visit...and a greater place to spend the day painting! :)

"Garden Watcher" 8 x 8 watercolor on gessoed paper
private collection