Hello! Hello! How was your weekend? Mine was not too shabby. On Saturday I went out with my girls Jordyn and Dana. My birthday is tomorrow, and seeing that Tuesday night isn't the greatest for going out we decided to hit the town for a little early celebration. It was super fun as usual and once again was reminded that I do not bounce back from a night of out like I used to. Unfortunate, but worth it. I went out for a birthday dinner with my parents last night because they couldn't on my actual birthday and that meal was delish. We went to one of my favorite restaurants in town that has amazing seafood and I got the seafood stew. I'm not usually much of soup person but the fact that winter wants to show up for the party way too early this year definitely influenced that decision. I also don't usually like to make a big fuss about my birthday but I'm not going to complain that I'm getting to celebrate it a few times. Basically, I had a pretty great weekend and I hope you did too.
Now, time for some painting talk. After taking a week off it was nice to get back into it. This week I worked on a painting that I had actually started before my trip. I had mentioned before that I bought a set of gouache paints and had been playing around, so I guess this is my first finished product using that medium. Overall, I really liked using gouache. I like the fluidity of it, especially compared to acrylic which I have been using for so long. I like that you can see variation in the way the color goes on and how it dries. It's definitely something that you will be seeing used in my art more often especially since I need to practice.
This painting came about one day when I was sitting in my backyard sketching some flowers and started having visions of a painting. I started picturing leopard print behind the flowers so I drew that in, made a border, and eventually it all came together. This piece was different for me because I planned it out in an initial sketch much more then I usually do. I kind of like that change, but I think I prefer to work more organically. Something about planning it all out before I even start to paint just doesn't feel right to me.
Anyways, painting this one was a lot of fun. It was kind of cool to have everything laid out and just start filling in each area going color by color. Kind of like a color by numbers. And like I said before, it was fun to get to know this paint a little better.
Something I'll have to get used to is that this paint isn't quite as forgiving as acrylic. With acrylic, if I make a mistake, I can easily paint over it and move on. With gouache, you can't paint over something so easily. Getting previously dried paint wet again just causes it to run and making for a muddy looking mess. Other issues is that fact that I am probably not using ideal paper for this kind of medium and the perfectionist in me doesn't like the learning curve when trying something new. I'm working on that.
Overall though, I am happy with the painting. I wish I had better technique and could render the flowers and leaves better but hopefully that will come with time and practice. I think I need to give myself a little time to find my own personal style with this medium. I'd love to hear any thoughts or feedback you have on this piece, leave a comment anytime! Or if anyone is familiar with gouache and has tips/tricks, send them my way!