Monday, September 26, 2011
Experimenting with Gouache
One reason I decided to play with gouache this way was to try to learn acrylics without having to clean brushes constantly. Because gouache is water soluble, you can leave your rinsed out brushes without doing a thorough cleaning of them. The gouache doesn't set up in the bristles like acrylic or even oil. I guess I have to be careful not to get into bad brush habits just because I can leave brushes when using gouache. I don't want to carry any bad habits into my work with acrylic!
I'm not at all satisfied with this painting and may continue to work on it or I may go over it with pastel. The gouache dries very quickly and smooth strokes and gentle transistions are very difficult for me to achieve. I do like the basic premise of this but know it could use a lot more work. The question is whether I want that work to be in more gouache or pastel!
Oh, this painting was done on Arches 140# hot-pressed watercolor paper with Lukas gouache. I've taped it off so that the actual painted area is 8 x 10 inches.
As always, comments and suggestions are always welcome.