Gouache paint on location – classes LESSON 7
On thatday I had to paint the park and trees again… which really isn’t my favorite subject. It’s enough for me to think only about sketching a tree and I feel sick. Well, that was the job.
Painting above is a “finished” study created during the class. We had about 3 hours to compose, sketch and paint some piece of art. I already know that painting while in the class is much harder than the normal session at home or even en plein air.
All those people around and the form of an exercise… studying the subject while listening to the master painter lowers the overall quality of the finished work, because it’s an exercise.
I was angry at me because of that before, now I just know it’s a part of the process.
Finished gouache painting
Although this particular painting is not an amazing piece of art, I am pretty satisfied with the result. I managed to paint those terrible trees and learned few things like using the less dilluted paint (watercolors get lighter after they dry) or how to paint leaves on the ground (shadow first!), and achieve more contrast.
Compositing phase, blocking first shapes
Still did not block well big areas at the beginning… yet I’m happy of the composition. It looks a bit dull, simplified and sterile, but I hope you like it!
See more paintings from that day
Still life painting in gouache – study
I found that switchng mediums is the best way for me to learn new things and find new ways to express myself later in those mediums. Solving problems in watercolor, helps while painting in gouache, pastel studies bring new ideas for oil painting etc.
So there is another gouache still life study. The purpose was to mix less colors to get more vibrant ones, to get the contrast right, reserve whites and do not use any masking fluids. Also to create a semi realistic painting including a glass object.
This time everything went smooth and fast, I drew the sketch pretty quick using the water soluble pencil. Then just had to decide which colors to use and do not mix too much to avoid the muddy look. I have to say that I don’r really like these simple colors, because they do not reflect that idea I had in mind, yet I like it as a 100% well done study.
Also the one thing I have always problems with in paintings (watercolors mostly)- contrast – is pretty well balanced as you can see in the black and white image.
This painting already found it’s new owner, although it wasn’t commisioned, and it’s hanging on a wall, so the job is done!
Another study of a still life and the glazing technique using acrylic paint
This time on a cheap canvas. First painted in monochrome brown to obtain all the values and modeling. Then the collor was added in several layers by glazing using the additional slow drying medium and the flow improver.
The additional last glaze was added over the whole painting to make the picture colors consistent. Unfortunately all used mediums did not help to get that last layer thin and even enough. It came out a bit darker than it should and looks as some old painting.
It was the last exercise in glazing before painting the full size portrait using this technique and an acrylic paint.
In this exercise I wanted to try other glazing technique than just using simply water.
Water makes uneven surface and the acrylic paint likes to change it’s structure and break. So I took the glazing medium
by Windor&Newton to try. I needed to master glazing to work on a portrait I’m painting using the old masters technique. First monochromatic layer of the whole painting and then thin glazes of color…
Above is the result of glazing with that medium. Painting is really easy and fun. It takes a really tiny amount of the paint to get the tinted and even layer. There is an amazing color depth.
I painted two pieces at once to compare them later after using an additional layer of transparent sepia like glaze. It was not the main purpose of this exercise yet I made it too dark and because I used also the white gesso primer before – it got dry pretty fast, so the brush strokes are visible and that wasn’t my intention. Well.. lessons learned:).
Yet one problem appears which makes it unsuitable for my purposes at this stage – it’s absolutely GLOSSY and glassy after it dries. It has completely different structure than the standard acrylic paint diluted with water.
There are areas where I could use it, like some finishing strokes in paintings where I’d like to have that different structures together or that really shiny look, but not in the portrait I’m painting now.
Fortunately another medium is great for glazing without the glossy look and preserving the paint structure and an even surface – the acrylic MATT MEDIUM by W&N