Me and Gouache…love and hate.
I’ve always wanted to paint with gouache. I just love the velvety feel of it and I love how well it behaves for reproduction. And since watercolour’s always been “my” paint, I figures gouache wouldn’t be that much more difficult. I was wrong. Gouache was way more difficult. Or perhaps I wanted too much too quickly. But being mesmerized and crazy in love with Rebecca Dautremer‘s work who works mainly in gouache, I couldn’t stop trying…I want to be able to paint like that (eventually 😉 )
All attempts failed in my opinion. And at one point I even blamed my tools. So, I figured Rebecca Dautremer probably had better paint than me (!). The next holiday we went to…France! I made sure to look for an art store in a town near our camp site and bought some lovely artist’s quality gouache, resulting in a really nice stock of tubes and little pots.
Yesterday I was a bit ill and was looking on the internet for some painting demos. And guess what? I found a lovely video by Rebecca Dautremer:
I’d seen it before, but this time, I got it! And last night, I dreamt the entire process…so this morning my fingers couldn’t do much else than paint!
First I drew a simple face en profil and then took out the gouache. Here’s the process step-by-step:
|Underpainting and choosing colour.|
|More layers added and a clearer definition of cool vs warm tones. Some shading added too, although this photo doesn’t show it…|
|Many more layers added….very thin ones, but at this stage thicker layers too. And I L♥VE it!!! Absolutely L♥VE it!!!|
|My Gouache Lady….I finally pulled it off! I’ll be doing this again and again and again….|