Above: Yes, a rotten eggplant. Readers of this blog will remember earlier gouache paintings of this specimen on healthier days. (See the end of this post for links to earlier paintings). Pentel Pocket Brush Pen sketch (lines pretty much covered with paint) and Schmincke gouache in a journal I made with Guttenberg paper. (6 x 8 inches approx.; 12 inch wide spread.) Click on the image to view an enlargement.
Monday, November 26, 2012, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. I will be giving a free gouache demo at Wet Paint in St. Paul.
Not sure what all the noise I'm making about gouache is about? Want to see someone use gouache in a variety of ways so you know what you're getting into? Have some questions about paper and brushes to use with gouache? Just like to see Roz make a fool of herself in public trying to talk and paint at the same time?
If any or all of those things are true then I hope you'll come to my free gouache painting demo at Wet Paint.
I'll begin at 5:30 p.m. with some exercises and thoughts on blending. I'll move into still-life demos that will deal with paint application from light to heavier applications—I'm working with Schmincke Gouache and its versatility and quality enables it to be used more transparently as well as opaquely.
By the end of the evening I'll also demonstrate working on prepainted backgrounds.
I don't know that I'll get any paintings done (that talking and painting at the same time is always an interesting juggle), but you'll see a bunch of techniques progress throughout the evening. Just in case I don't finish I'll have some completed paintings on hand so that you can see where I'm headed.
I think Schmincke Gouache is the most exciting and versatile medium available today: easy to use, easy to clean up, portable, no chemical odors, and just plain fun. Since there are a few limited edition sets remaining it's also a great time to get an incredible deal and see whether or not this paint is for you.
Schmincke Gouache is great for visual journaling, field sketching, and fine art applications. Come and see a little bit of everything.
Want to see the earlier versions of that eggplant?
Here's the first version of the healthy, fresh eggplant.
All were painted with Schmincke Gouache. Papers used varied—I'll talk about papers and other supports at my demo.
If you would like to see additional examples of how I use gouache in my visual journal you can go to the category list in the left column of this blog and click on "Gouache." A whole bunch of examples will come up. That's not all of them, but I think that will do for now.