Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The Neighbor's House

This is the view from my kitchen window. It is also my second attempt at an all gouache painting.

Gouache on cardstock. 2011

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Testing . 1 . 2

I have started painting again which is nice, after a year long hiatus. I started on acrylics since that was what I had on hand. I painted two small images from a blog that I immensely enjoy ( ) and gave the first one (Bruce) to Clara for her birthday. I sent the other one in a letter to a friend.

Acrylic on cardstock.

Acrylic on cardstock

Then I decided to purchase some gouache after seeing its matte qualities in use on Bruce the black lab. I did one painting based on an image from the Sartorialist and thought the learning curve awfully steep. Then I did another painting based on a photo from the Sartorialist with less yellow.

And after being frustrated with the yellow and red not drying and staying shiny I realized that, like an imbecile, I had mistakenly purchased a deep yellow and an alizarin crimson tube of watercolor paint. Not gouache. Sad sad sad. So until I have the time to go back to the art store I am stuck with a cold yellow and a cold red. But what better to depict in this predicament but: Cold Space.