Wednesday, July 31, 2019

A medium from my past

When I was in art school in the early 1960's we used gouache for illustrations. Recently I have seen several accomplished oil painters using gouache for plein air studies. And, my friend Kay Dewar, is having great success with it so I thought I'd give it a try.

After a fair amount of searching in my studio, I found the 5-tube M. Graham set. White, Black, and three warm primaries and gave it a try on 4-ply rag mat using one of my small pastel studies as reference. I love that it is matte and that it doesn't have the plastic feel that acrylic has. After completion, I gave it two spray-coats of matte varnish and then a Dorland's wax medium finish. Hmmm...interesting medium.

Passage, gouache, 6x8 inches

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