Monday, July 9, 2012

Still life in Gouache

Still Life Study in Gouache

Once again it's time to study another medium.  Recently I read a book by Pamela Kay, painting in gouache.  Needless to say I've  been on a quest to learn as much as possible about this very old medium.  So hence another order to ASW, for the Holbein artist gouache set of 12.  I realize, Winsor and Newton make a very fine designer gouache, so there it is, my confusion.  If any of my fellow artist out there could help me shed some light on this mysterious medium, it would be appreciated.  In my still life study, I used student grade gouache from a craft store on 140lb. Arches watercolor paper.

What I do like about this medium, no preliminary drawing in pencil is necessary, just draw with a paint brush as if using oil.  I like that, free and spontaneous.  I hear it can be used in plein air as well.  So in the meantime Happy Painting to all  you very talented fellow artist.






19 comments:

  1. oh my gosh! You are a natural, Joan. It looks like you have been using gouache all your life. This is so good!!

    I missed your Sunday post - sorry... I'll just go back, through the time-portal...

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    1. Hi John,
      Thank you for the encouragement. I find this new medium so exciting, tons of work ahead of me, it's becoming a juggling act with all these mediums. Never boring.
      So okay, I will travel back in time to see what you wrote on my previous post. Don't you just love blogging.

      All the best to you,
      Joan

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  2. Cette dernière oeuvre est remplie de délicatesse et de raffinement. J'aime particulièrement les nuances de couleurs et sa composition. Je suis très admiratrice de votre travail, bravo !

    Gros bisous.

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    1. Hi martinealison,

      Thank you so much for the lovely comment. It's wonderful to learn and try new mediums.

      All the best to you,
      Joan

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  3. Wonderful gouache.. love it! xx

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    1. Hi Pat,

      Thank you for the visit and the kind words.

      All the best to you,
      Joan

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  4. Hello Joan:) Very beautiful:) My compliments!

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    1. Hi renate,

      Thank so much for the visit and the lovely comment.

      All the best to you,
      Joan

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  5. I've never tried gouache. What a beautiful painting you made. It sure is inspiring to see such a nice painting in a new medium. I'll look forward to seeing more from you.

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    1. Hi Douglas,

      Thank you, this is all so exciting to me, something new to learn and a chance to play with a new medium. Michael Bailey just directed me to Ralph Parker's blog, tons of info on gouache.

      All the best to you,
      Joan

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  6. Hi Joan, looks like you have jumped straight in .. and with really super results too! My only word of caution would be to be aware that some gouache paints (even W&N) are not as lightfast as you may want. Gouache was used in the days before Apple MACs and desktop design and illustration software, when designers simply photographed and then discarded their original hand-painted artwork! However, the W&N designer gouache tube paints that I use all have a good ASTM rating and I just avoid using those that don't!

    This guy is really good with gouache and will answer any comments or questions you may have .... http://ralphparker.wordpress.com/gouache-paintings/

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    1. Hi Michael,

      Thank you so much for directing me to Ralph Parker. In my haste I ordered the Holbein gouache artist set of 12. I haven't received it yet, hopefully it will be okay. This is going to be another long process of learning about a new medium, but so well worth the journey. Thanks again Michael, you have been a great help.

      All the best to you,
      Joan

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    2. I think the Holbein artist set will be an excellent choice, Joan and will serve you well. The designer's sets are for work that is photographed and may only have a short lifetime, but the artist's sets should have only lightfast pigments and used for work where you require a longer lifetime.
      I'm looking forward to seeing what you do with them and talking about them with you has made me want to get mine out of storage again !

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  7. Lovely painting, Joan! I especially like the flowers. Very spontaneous and fresh!

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    1. Hi Virginia,
      Thank you, I am waiting for my Holbein gouache paint set. Can't wait to get my hands on them and try all sorts of experiments.

      All the best to you,
      Joan

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  8. I've used Holbein to punch out watercolors or to restore a white I've lost. It's very opaque. I love your painting. It's great to step outside our comfort zone. I think it helps keep all your work fresh!

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  9. What a fabulous painting Joan. Looks like you've taken to the Gouache like a duck to water. I've often thought I should give gouache a try but never seem to get round to it. You've inspired me to have-a-go so I'm off to do some shopping. ;-)

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  10. Muy bello su trabajo, Joan. Me gusta como has dispuesto los elementos en esta naturaleza muerta, armonía y bellos colores.
    Felicitaciones.

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  11. Hi Joan.
    You have done exceptionably well here with your first go at Gousche. You have not only done well my friend, but brilliantly. I love it. all the best Joan.
    Vic.

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