This little 6"x 6" painting is painted on a small stretched cotton canvas. After all my work in gouache I see a definite change in my work. ( Brighter color and less mud) It has been a good thing for me to change things up a bit and infuse my work with some new energy.
I have been wanting to push myself just a little bit further in the direction of abstraction in my still life paintings. I decided that a small 5"x 7" gouache on acid free paper would be the way to begin. What did I do? First, I decided (after many hours of setting up a still life) that my focus would be the fruit in the front of the painting and that everything else would be subordinate. I then decided on a palette. I wanted to create an expressive color scheme that came intuitively. I chose the pink background. Rather than laying out a carefully constructed drawing I worked directly on the paper using paint and tackled shape after shape after shape. I felt that creating a drawing first would feel too much like paint by number or just coloring in the shapes. I like the loose rendition of the drawing and tried to leave my choices clean and unadjusted. There were some areas when I had to go back in a little bit. I am so pleased with the results. I will try a few more before I try a much larger size painting. SUCCESS!
I really think that painting with gouache has taught me something about oils. This little 7"x 5" oil painting is done an a Raymar canvas board. What did I learn? Slow down...use a variety of brushes....follow the contour with the stroke....work with value....simplify and keep important detail....there are probably more, but these were a few of the things I was aware of while painting.
This 7"x 5" oil painting is painted on a Raymar canvas panel. The image was one that my husband shot for me in downtown Savannah last summer. I loved the dappled sidewalk and the large oak trees that draped across the sidewalks.