I tried a different setup today for painting this simple orange and I think I liked it better.

My usual setup includes a stay wet palette which is kinda bulky and you have to keep it flat all the time but I’ve seen so many artists just use a wet paper towel and a small mixing tray so I figured I would try it. Interestingly enough I like it better, it’s super low tech, very portable and works well.

The only issue I need to figure out is how to not use up so much paint each session. For this orange I put out some some colors that I didn’t use much of and now they are dry. I could reactivate them but I would rather try and be more conservative with my paints. Either that or I will have to throw away more paint than I want each session. There is a good reason to have a limited palette, to save money.

Orange Painting in Gouache, setup
Orange Painting in Gouache, setup 2
Setup 2
Orange Painting in Gouache, warmup
Orange Painting in Gouache, 1-2 min poses
1-2 min poses
Orange Painting in Gouache, 5-10 min poses
5-10 min poses


  • Session: 1270
  • Work: 1096
  • Width: 6"
  • Height: 7"
  • Medium: Gouache, Charcoal
  • Location: Home
  • Art Time: 2
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Chris Beaven

I am an Artist and a programmer currently living in the amazing state of Washington. I have a passion for art, but I'm stubborn as hell with it. My day is complete only when I do some piece of art each day, no matter how small. "There was a dream that was Rome. You could only whisper it. Anything more than a whisper and it would vanish, it was so fragile."