This month I kept busy doing the annual Gouachetober challenge. You can check it out on my Instagram page here. For those of you who may not know what that is, gouache (pronounced GWASH like squash) is a unique type of paint that works like watercolor but also has properties like acrylic paint. You can activate it with water and get a very thin, watercolor effect or you can paint it on more thickly and get an opaque look, like acrylic. Either way, it helps if you do not l
Not long ago I posted about taking a class in painting with gouache, an opaque watercolor, at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine arts. You may remember from those posts that there was a final still life I was working on that I never got to finish in class. Before we left, our instructor encouraged us to enter a piece from what we had worked on in the PAFA Continuing Education Programs Annual Student Exhibition over the summer. At the time I wasn't sure if I wanted to try to
Today was the second day of my gouache class at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia. Because the weather wasn't as sunny and warm today we continued painting from still life set ups instead of going outdoors. I was kind of bummed, but at least I got to finish off the second still life from yesterday. As you can see from the first two pictures, I had started off with just simple color blocking and then gradually built up the layers until I got to the final
Today I spent the day in Philadelphia taking a class at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, learning how to use a type of paint called gouache (pronounced like "gwash," rhymes with squash). This is the second class I've taken at the Academy, the first being one on encaustics. If you've never heard of gouache don't feel bad, I hadn't either until I was in college. I had run out of white oil paint and found this strangely named stuff in the school store so I tried it out..
Santa has come and gone this Christmas but he left quite a generous haul! Among the goodies I got was a set of brushes, a set of gouache paints, some watercolor paper, fluid acrylic paints, pouring medium and Yupo paper. I've tried a couple of pour paintings with regular acrylics before, and while the end products turned out OK, I knew I would have had better results with the proper materials. So I am definitely looking forward to trying again with the right kind of paints