05 December 2018

"Cyclamen in Sunlight"

I have to apologize for my blog's behavior - it sometimes sends the same posts out for several times... I am working on moving the blog to another platform that hopefully will not have this issue.

I painted this cyclamen in my studio from life. I had to work really fast in order to capture the fast moving light and the warmth of this scene. My love gouache is always the right medium for this kind of tasks! 

Gouache on thick gray paper, 9 x 11 in. 
Available at lenarivo.etsy.com 

26 November 2018

Missing the Summer

I like to be at home, in my studio, my comfortable zone, but when the weather is nice I always have to force myself  to go to paint to a location. Because I know I need to. Because I know no photo can capture the spirit of summer, the summer that won't last long. I also know that gouache will never let me down and I will definitely be able to take a piece of the summer with me in my watercolor pad.

16 August 2018

On location with gouache , July 8, #3 and #4

My third and fourth studies from July 8

Gouache on Saunders Waterford 140 lb NOT paper

14 August 2018

10 August 2018

Gouache Painting Supplies PDF

    What is your color palette? How do you store your gouache? How do you keep your gouache moist? What kind of brushes do you use?

  These are some of the questions I get asked almost every day. So to make it easier to share this information with those of you who are interested in gouache I decided to combine all my answers to the questions I get on a regular basis in one place. I have created a 20 page PDF in which I am covering all my painting equipment in detail. You can get the PDF by the link below. I hope you find the information helpful. 




09 August 2018

On location with Gouache, July 7 and 8

Something very special has been happening to me this summer. 
I think I completely fell in love with gouache. 
 Gouache, July 8
Gouache, July 8 #1

20 July 2018

En Plein Air with Goauche Demo Video

This is a frame from my recent video tutorial in which I am painting on the beach and explaining my approach to plein air painting and why these little studies are so important to do.

06 July 2018


This years cherries painted in sunlight.

Gouache in Moleskine watercolor album.