Posts Tagged ‘gouache’

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Painting Final: Portrait of Janie

April 20, 2019

Finished on this except for some clean up. I noticed her mouth looked a little small, so I changed that, mostly on the left side.

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Painting Update: Portrait of Janie

April 17, 2019
painting of a young woman's face

Here’s an update on the new painting from this morning. I usually wait and work on the face of a portrait after I get everything else done, but decided this time to go ahead with the main attraction. It will need more work, but she’s mostly there. I think I’ve made her look younger again like the sketch, but I doubt she’ll mind.

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New Painting: Portrait of Janie

April 15, 2019

I’ve been away for several days working as a temp to get a little extra spending money, and anxious to get back to some fun work making art. Another perk of the job was meeting a new friend, Janie, who was kind enough to sit for a pencil sketch.

The sketch wasn’t quite accurate in the eyes and a few other areas, but I think I got it nailed in the painting. This is intended as a undertone for a finished painting, but as often happens this stage looks good enough to stop right here. I think I will press on anyway, but will pause to figure out where I want it to go forward. It’s in gouache paint on 9 x 12″ watercolor paper.

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Painting Final: Jerry Reading

October 23, 2018

It’s not 100% finished, but far enough to let it sit for awhile, then do some cleaning up. That right hand in the corner could use a little more work, I think.

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Painting Update 2: Jerry Reading

October 12, 2018
gouache painted figure in progress

Made a little more progress on the new painting. I’ve worked more on his head, arms and shirt. I wasn’t sure how well the white paint would cover on this grey surface, but it did okay.

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Painting Update: Jerry Reading

October 7, 2018

Other chores got me pulled away from the painting for a few days, but I managed to at least work on his face this afternoon. It looks like him, so that’s always a good sign.

I’m liking the rough sketchiness of this so far, so I’m hoping I can keep that without getting carried away with details as I tend to do. I’m losing love for his yellow pillow, however.

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New Painting Started: Jerry Reading

October 1, 2018

I’m starting a new gouache painting of my friend, Jerry, who posed for me awhile back as he caught up on some reading. The surface is surface is 13 x 19 inch gray Binder’s Board.

pencil sketch on newsprint

I began with a rough pencil sketch on newsprint. I then rubbed gray pastel chalk on the back to transfer it to the board, tracing just the outline shapes.

initial painting stage with undertones

I started to set the values on the board using a refill marker from Molotow that was filled with thin burnt sienna acrylic paint (Golden’s High Flow.) I used some thin raw umber acrylic in some areas to get a slightly darker gray value than the gray of the board. This I applied with a brush. On the left you can see where I’ve started in with gouache paint.

This binder’s board is an interesting surface to paint on. It’s about 3mm thick, and very absorbent. I think that there might not be any sort of sizing on it. The paint marker gave a rough dry brush on this that makes it good for loosely blocking in shapes. If I scrub the surface with a stiff wet brush it’ll peel up a bit, but it’s solid grey all through, so that’s not a big problem. No warping from the water, either. I like it.