Hi there, how are you?
This week I have been practising painting gouache flowers.
I find gouache a difficult medium to work with, getting the consistency of the paint is tricky, the colours shift as they dry, too much water and it’s thin and streaky, too little and it’s like painting with mud. It is very frustrating.
The brush strokes in these sketches are quite simple so the colours aren’t mixing together too much, they are more an imprecision of flowers than realistic.
The compositions are all over the place, something else to work on, but I think some of the flowers are interesting.
A little set of blue peonies. I would have liked to paint white peonies but it is not the best idea on white paper. I suppose if they were painted on a dark background they would have looked white maybe.
I painted two blue rectangles on a page and let them dry to try painting on a coloured background. Later using quick light strokes I painted on the flowers, the base colour didn’t lift up too much, a nice surprise.
Gouache is still a bit of a mystery to me but slowly I’m working out how to use it, and I quite like the way some of the flowers turned out.
Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by. Till next time, have fun