I’m starting 2017 with a weekly gouache paintings challenge that I hope will help me experiment with this wonderful medium. Before deciding to buy my first gouache set a few days ago, I did try my hand at watercolour, and I actually did manage to create a few really nice pieces, but I know in my heart of hearts I’m not really a watercolour lady.
I love opacity, and have a bit of a problem with the transparency of watercolour. In fact, my best watercolour artists are the ones who use a lot of pigment in their artwork, less water, and a dry brush, like brilliant UK-Based illustrator, Holly Exley.
I get to experience opacity with all its glory in my oil paintings, which I am planning to feature on my blog in the near future. And for this reason, I have been pondering the use of gouache for quite some time now.
I actually have been dreaming of creating gouache paintings for a while now, but was completely dreading the move. You see, Gouache and I had a slight misunderstanding a few years ago, which led me to give this wonderful medium the cold shoulder for a long time really, longer than I should have. Turns out the misunderstanding was really unjustified, and in the end we got along just fine!
So, in today’s post I’m sharing with you my first two gouache paintings.
The first one I made is of a Turkish coffee pot with a tiny porcelain coffee cup, with the setting being an outdoor garden.
The second painting is of some of my favourite veggies, and this one I plan to turn into some pattern for one of my side projects.
I’m not sure if it’s the gouache brand that I am using or if it is an intrinsic gouache quality, but I love the earthiness of the medium. There is a bit of a dusty undertone, which I’m really loving. I guess I will have to try another brand to see if it’s brand or medium that are doing this!
UPDATE: I wanted to see how these gouache veggies would look on different surfaces, so I applied them on everything from T-Shirts, to clocks, and even throw pillows. These patterns are currently available at my Redbubble shop, and are really making me feel happy every time I look at them! I’, also planning to add more botanical gouache paintings to my shop in the near future hopefully!
Until then, stay tuned and hope to see you again soon!
Food & botanical gouache paintings by illustrator and artist Yaansoon