I've been spending Saturday mornings learning about gouache painting, and it has been challenging. I have used gouache before, but still have so much to learn and, so far, my work has not been "blog-worthy." However, I missed the sketch group this week and wanted to put something on the Plum Gallery blog. So, here is my painting of a blue umbrella at the West end of the National Botanic Garden, done last Saturday. It was a really lovely spot, with a fantasic fountain. I wish I had taken a picture of that. I think it is called The First Ladies' Fountain. We're going back next Saturday. This painting is very small, about 5" x 8." My teacher, Bernie Dellario thinks I could go even smaller, but I would kind of like to go bigger. It is hard to get used to putting light over dark when I have done the opposite in watercolor for so many years.