The real voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes. - Marcel Proust

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Washed Out Weekend

Had a lot of storms this weekend, so it put me in the mood to play with some water media. I've been wanting to try gouache for a while now, just to see if it liked me any better than regular watercolors (the jury is still out). I also thought it might be convenient for plein air, or auto de plein air, as I worry about leaving my oils in my car once the heat kicks in.

So, like a good student, I first did my color charts. Then I tried a couple of ACEOs:

The gouache definitely acts more like oils than regular watercolor, but they took some getting used to. The paint layer is more delicate than you would think. It's very easy to remove an underlayer down to the support with one swipe of the brush, particularly if the underlayer is still damp. This could be good or bad, depending on what you are trying to do. It's also very, very easy to make mud -- far easier than with oils. But if you don't take it to that extreme, it seemed easier or quicker to mix color. But that may be because I was using my brush to do it. I don't do that often with oils.

All in all, I don't think I'll be giving up my oils any time soon. The gouache might be good for quick studies, and I definitely wouldn't have to worry about spontaneous combustion!

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