Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Woman ~ Artwords
This topic is a good one for me...I can incessantly draw and paint pictures of women. I suppose I'll be in trouble if prompted to create a man. ;) Ah, maybe that is the whole point...perhaps I should work w/ what I don't know how to do? I'll start w/ my husband's face. He has a good face. But for now, the subject is still "woman".
It does so happen that I used a new medium. Well, semi new...I've dabbled w/ gouache before but never dove in full throttle and committed to it. At one point I wanted to use some blue acrylic because my blue gouache was so dried out that I had to put a wet paint brush to it to draw out what I could. R. and I were talking about how I got this set of gouache at a yard sale a loooonnngg time ago now. I like to do that, too...collect supplies. (You know, I've got a tub of old crayons w/ the thought that I could use them to color wax if I ever got into making candles....I've been thinking this for way too many years to count now.)
So the mere mention of the word "gouache" set my husband to talking and thinking about Francesco Clemente . I had never heard of this guy....perhaps R. had because he has an architectural background? His paintings are wonderful...google him and click on some of his images. And, apparently, he used gouache a lot. I have much more to learn about this guy, but I could immediately relate to him. Maybe because he is self taught?
So this is my first experiment in gouache. I like the feel of it, and the chalkiness of it. It's interesting to try and work w/ it to learn how it will behave and what it will and will not do for you. I think it has a bit more control than watercolors....but is still just as "temporary". Do one thing wrong and it will be gone. My camera is broken so I had to scan this to get an image of it for you...and the painting is on 11x15 watercolor paper so it got cropped off on the edges (you can't see where I really signed it for instance), but there isn't too much more to it than this, so it'll do.