Above: Bulldog study from dog park photos—Pentel Pocket Brush Pen, light washes of gouache with a 2-inch brush and then a 1/2-inch filbert; and spatter. (7 x 9 inch handmade journal I bound using Strathmore 500 Series Mixed Media paper.) Click on the image to view an enlargement.
A couple days ago I posted an "eggplant spread." After painting that page spread I realized that I only had two page spreads left in my journal. I really wanted to finish the journal.
While it was too late at night to do that I knew I could work on the blank spread (the one remaining which didn't have a prepainted background) and do a bunch of dog sketches as practice for an upcoming project. But once I focused in on some bulldog photos it became just a full page spread on one dog, not a smattering of many. I used Schmincke gouache already put out on the palette, dried and reconstituted: cadmium orange, cobalt blue, titanium yellow ochre. All the white in this image is paper color.
Then, my desire to move paint around somewhat assuaged, I went to bed.