Saturday, March 03, 2012

Go-U-Ache Gouache~!

I never understood gouache.

It was non-acrylic, non-watercolor. It's thick and it's thin. It went on paper as one color and dried another. As much as I loved medium giving a life of its own, this one sprang to life way beyond my control and understanding.

Last Thursday a great Art Center night teacher of mine, Robert Pastrana, mentioned the following KEY ELEMENT: "Gouache is watercolor mixed with chalk. That's all there is to it."

It's epiphany! I understand watercolor, and I understand chalk. It's like adding one plus one. I GET IT!

Tonight, I dig up some gouache I purchased years ago and started painting with it.

From here on, I will practice a lot more with this medium.

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