Early Bird Paintings

Posted on Friday 12 October 2007

So here it is. As I mentioned in my previous post, I have been painting a few days a week before work. These crazy guys from Pixar are pretty dedicated!!! It’s been a lot of fun. They even created a little blog to share this experience.

So I went back to gouache. It is partly because I don’t really have time to paint in oil in the morning, but it is mainly because I got so excited to discover Nathan Fowkes’s blog. If you haven’t check it out, do! It is some of the best gouache paintings you will ever see!

24 Comments for 'Early Bird Paintings'

    October 12, 2007 | 6:02 pm

    Hey Dice,
    Sweet! And the challenge of unfamiliar media to boot! It’s funny I was just going to see if you knew Nathan’s work. Make sure to check out his other blog too! http://nathanfowkes.blogspot.com/

    October 14, 2007 | 12:46 am

    Dude Dice!!!! these are amazing…. Alice says “I don’t know nothing about art, but those are gorgeous.”

    October 14, 2007 | 3:35 pm

    Wow! always a treat to see your work Master Dice!

    October 16, 2007 | 11:50 am


    I like the transition from light to shadow on the first piece. For the second piece, I enjoy the piece as multiple color abstraction study. But, personally, I still love your work in oils the best where you capture the intensity of the moment in light as well as the calmness in the shadows/dark. I do not quite get the feeling these 2 gouache pieces.


    October 16, 2007 | 7:22 pm

    FYI, Brilliant studies Dice;)
    I’m super inspired by these last couple of posts man. Just a heads up, the trees in NY are slowly starting to change colors. I would say peak season will be with in the next 2-3 weeks.
    I’m glad things are working out for you in Cali. I’m lucky if I could get 3 or 4 friends in one room at the same time let alone gathering to paint at the crack of dawn.

    October 18, 2007 | 10:56 pm

    damn dice. nice ones. makes me nostolgic

    October 18, 2007 | 10:59 pm

    wow dice. makes me all nostolgic

    October 19, 2007 | 1:39 pm

    Hi mister Tsutsumi.
    Your blog is amazing.
    Full of great works.
    I saw the video where you visited James Jean at his studio in LA, to brought him the Sketchtravel’s Sketchbook. Funny and instructive. ^^

    October 19, 2007 | 3:02 pm

    hmm i guess that one did go through

    October 19, 2007 | 4:48 pm

    That second one is really nice dice.

    October 20, 2007 | 7:33 pm

    great morning paintings Dice!…ahhh what devotion! hehee.

    October 22, 2007 | 4:37 pm

    I saw your video with james jean.ย  Anyways nice paintings. The first is sweet. Great lighting.

    October 22, 2007 | 11:52 pm

    I keep coming back to look at these. Makes me want to go out and paint 0_o but i live way up north and the cold cold cold weather is coming in! dont want my eye lids to freeze shut!..

    Hey I sent you an email about a month back. Just wondering if you received it or not? No worries about writting back nothing to reply to really!!

    Keep up the great work as usual!

    October 23, 2007 | 5:30 pm

    man, that top one has such a great sense of light and color. amazing work.

    October 25, 2007 | 12:51 pm

    HOLY MOLY!!! Nice paintings Dice!

    October 27, 2007 | 6:53 pm

    Nice and impressionistic. I love the dappled lighting in the top one and the reflections in the water on the bottom. Beautiful.

    October 27, 2007 | 11:54 pm

    These are just beautiful! and I’m so inspired! I love your color palettes!

    November 4, 2007 | 3:17 am

    Thanks everyone for all your comments.
    I just got back from a trip to Japan. I have tons of sketches to post so stay tuned!!

    Thanks man. Yeah, I just came across his site and been a big fan. The other site is amazing too. Do you know him too through Dreamworks? Hope you are well. Come paint with us some day.

    Good to know you and YOUR WIFE(woo hoo) liked the painting. Watercolor is never my strength but I always think about how you do it. Hope we can paint together again!

    thanks a lot!

    Thanks and I agree. My watercolor/gouache never come close to the level I strive for. I do have a better handling of oils for sure. But I do enjoy it and hope I can get better! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I miss East Coast colors!!!! There’s really not much variations in SF. But I just went to japan to capture the breathtaking colors. I’ll share with you soon.

    Man, you never learn how to use a computer… haha You should come with us someday. You are the guy I always looked up for when it comes to gouache painting.

    thanks a lot. Loved your Le tour du Monde en 80 secondes!

    thanks! hope all is well in NY!

    ha ha wish you were here. You are the kind who’d totally join us too.

    thank you

    I keep forgetting emailing you.
    saw your website. Your new stuff is looking really nice. Keep it up.

    woooo your sketches are really cool. thanks for commenting on mine.

    thanks a lot!

    Thanks Jen. BTW, I also started surfing recently. I’m no good obviously but I can see it might be addictive.. you should come surf in SF someday.

    thanks a lot kei!

    November 6, 2007 | 3:04 am

    Happy birthday Dice ! little Knapp nearly came to life at the same time you did ๐Ÿ˜‰ I hope you are full of this energy required to apint so beautiful paintings !
    Keep creating my friend !

    November 6, 2007 | 5:08 am

    thanks a lot ๐Ÿ™‚ I am still working on it.
    And by the way, Happy Birthday with a day late!

    November 6, 2007 | 3:27 pm

    Amazing stuff man! I love your paintings. I’ll have to join you one of these days. Happy Birthday btw.

    November 9, 2007 | 5:16 am

    Beautiful work!

    October 1, 2009 | 10:10 am

    Hello Dice! I just found you and have to say I love the gouache work!

    January 2, 2010 | 4:57 pm

    Inspirational, Dice…and I concur on Nathan Fowkes…I’m an outdoor painter, have been for 30 years…first acrylics, then oils…plein air, but have been painting quite a few gouache the past few months since an artist friend I visited in New York gave me a set of Holbeins to try out. Try as I might…I just don’t find it easy to do simple block in shapes, flat brushwork…can’t escape being me, but continue on. Lovely work…and I’ll have to add this link to my blog for others to see. If you get a chance, here’s my blog and collection of gouache pieces…would love your thoughts on them.

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