New Painting Started: Cleaning His SpectaclesDecember 26, 2012
I’m finally getting back to doing some painting again. I thought this would be a good time to play around on that Permastone title I made recently. This is a gouache painting, and the tile is about 5.5 x 8.5 inches. This tile surface is working out very well, I think.
You can get an idea of the set up of my work area here. I’m using a digital photo frame stand to display the photograph I took of myself cleaning my eyeglasses. I’ve got a few tubes of the commercial gouache paints I’m using, as well as a jar of my own home-made raw sienna paint. On the left is a pencil line drawing on paper that I lightly transferred to the tile. Below is a detail of the part of the tile I’ve painted so far.
This is a method of painting I haven’t used in awhile. I dab only a few of the base colors I plan on using on my palette (in this case a small bowl,) and then do most of my mixing directly on the paint surface. I’m also not using any undertone on the surface beforehand. A possible drawback for me working this way is I tend to spend more time blending the tones, but it’s also more fun pushing the paint around. It’s a method well suited for gouache, in my opinion.