I went back to school to study a lot of the things I was never good at. This quarter was especially challenging since I’ve been doing more drawings from life and architecture. But most of all I strove to overcome my fear of painting and color. It was a struggle, but I have rediscovered my calling when I got into painting with gouache. I have older portrait studies in an entry I did last year.
It was very important for me to devote some of my free time to study painting. I did that through my Travel Portfolio assignments. I took photos and would afterwards use it as reference for color study. Right now I’m not as accurate as I would like, but it excites me that I am becoming less fearful of color.
Something I took from The Peak
Some have asked me about my process as well as my feelings on how to use gouache, and I will likely write about it in detail next time. For now I must say this: I love this medium so much. It gives me the versatility of switching between techniques. I can use it as I would use watercolors or render thickly as I would with oils. I feel very free and confident whenever I use it.
If you guys have any particular questions regarding the medium or my work, feel free to send me comments and suggestions for my Gouache entry. I will most likely talk about the differences between gouache and poster paints as well as my exploration studies with paint application.