The Gouache category shows posts about paintings that I have hand painted using gouache paint. Like watercolor it is water based but unlike watercolor is opaque. I switched to gouache from acrylic because acrylic paints dried too quickly.
I like opaque paints but acrylic paint dries too quickly and the colors have to be remixed. Gouache lets me mix the colors (which can take hours) and paint with those colors when I am ready. Let’s say I mix colors and become too tired to paint. No problem. I can come back weeks or months later. Add water and the paint is ready. I may switch to oils someday but not right now.
Painting a tree and grass on my cormorant painting – I added a tree and some grass to my gouache cormorant painting. Using warm yellows for sunlight and cool blues and black for the shadows, I tried to give the appearance of trees and grass in the early morning sunlight. The sun is rising on the right side of the painting therefore the light is on the right side of the trees and grass and the shadows (blues) are on the left. When I paint the grass I use a dark gray or black base coat. From there I add a green with very little white or yellow mixed with it. The green goes on top of the gray/black base coat. Then I add the highlights which is a pale yellow with Permanent White mixed with it. Please watch the video to see how I paint grass using a liner brush with the colors mentioned.
St. Augustine Art Association Wildlife Art Exhibition Reception 2018 – On Saturday, July 21st, the St. Augustine Art Association held the reception for their Nature & Wildlife Art Exhibition. I had one painting, my Golden Eagle in the Kodar Mountains on display and was able to meet with several successful artists who gave me great advice and shared valuable information. Also, I would like to thank association president Diane Bradley, Elyse Brady, Jenn Flynt and the entire St. Augustine Art Association staff for putting this show on every year. For me, there is nothing like this art show in the New York – New Jersey – Philadelphia area and I’ll gladly make the trip to St. Augustine from New Jersey every year that this show is held. I was fortunate enough to have my work selected as the cover art for this year’s brochure. Unfortunately, there will be no Nature & Wildlife exhibit in 2019. Next summer, STAAA will be holding an art show featuring the artwork of former patron Jean Wagner Troemel but the Nature & Wildlife Art Exhibit will return in 2020. Here are are some photos of this year’s show and America’s Oldest City, St. Augustine, Florida:
To read about how the Golden Eagle gouache painting was created from pencil sketch to finished signature, please refer to this series of posts.