Painting a Wren in Gouach (4)

Expanding Your Artistic Horizons Series

Painting Session 4

Date: 09/04/2017
Subject: Wren on A Dogwood Branch
Medium: Gouache on Illustration Board
Colors Used In This Session:  Yellow Ochre, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, Zinc White, Alizarin Crimson, Lemon Yellow, Ultramarine Blue
Links to painting sessions: Session 1Session 2Session 3

I spent this session working on all three flowers and leaves, working to refine them to the point of some level of realism. Still not there but I think I may have to be satisfied until I can learn more about the properties of Gouache. It is a challenge to switch  from one medium to the other such as oil to gouache, especially from one that dries slow to one that almost dries instantly. Gives you a new sense of appreciation for those artist past and present who mastered multiple mediums. In this session I tried to blend lights and darks using various amounts of water along with brushing techniques. Gouache does not take much water before it becomes transparent so I am still learning what it takes to ensure it remains opaque. 


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