Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Keep on Paintin'
For the squirrels I used a combinatiion of the two kinds of paint, with the gouache mostly in the flowers. It's quite opaque - as advertised - and very handy for the light hairs on the squirrels. It's such a luxury to finally have an opaque white that flows nicely off the brush.
As time progresses, my understanding of how these two paints work together will grow and I think I'll find them to be a winning combination.
I still really like working with transparent paints as I find it easier to get a range of colors with successive transparent overlays. But there are times when those opaques come in so handy. It's always, at least to me, a pain to preserve the whites, but especially so when working this small (these paintings are 2 1/2" by 3 1/2").
By the way, I used Strathmore series 400 Mixed Media paper for all three of these paintings and it's very smooth to paint on.