Monday, 8 February 2016

To Gouache, Or Not To Gouache



The use of opaque white paint, gouache for example, is a cause for some debate among the watercolour fraternity. Purists are often keen to ridicule those who use opaque white in their paintings, but attitudes are changing and a growing number of artists regularly use opaque white to great effect in their work.

I’m no expert, but I do like to experiment. Half the fun of painting for me is playing around with the paint to see what happens, and I’ll try anything to get the effect I want. In my painting ‘Winter Trees’ I applied juicy mixes of Dioxazine Purple, Permanent Rose and Prussian Blue to wet paper and let the colours blend together. When I was happy with the result, I sprinkled some areas of the painting with table salt and then left it to dry.

As soon as it was dry, I carefully brushed the salt off and began painting the trees with white gouache. In some areas I laid the paint on thick, while in others I used a thin, very nearly transparent wash. I like the painting; the almost ghostly appearance of the trees in some areas, and I don’t think I could have achieved the result I was after by using masking fluid.

I like using methods that work for me. I think that’s all that matters really, that, and having some fun along the way.  

I found THIS great article on painting with gouache, and thought it might be of interest to some people. 

2 comments:

  1. Hi John, your experimenting paid off! This is really beautiful!

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    1. Hi, Wendy. Thank you for your comment. I'm glad you like my effort.

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