Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Now time to get some business done

I FINALLY finished the painting that I mentioned in my last post.  Above is a little detail shot (not changed greatly from the last photo I shared).  Hoping to get a newsletter out this week and it will include the whole thing.  It needs to be varnished and such first.

I really enjoyed working with the acrylic gouache and have ordered more colors but especially white as I pretty much used it up on this painting.  So while I wait for that to arrive, I am taking a short break on painting to get some other work done around here.  I think I mentioned before, I'm totally behind on the business side of things.  Ever since my computer broke (and perhaps just a little earlier than that...), I've struggled to catch things back up.  So I'll take the next 4 or 5 days to get things in order.

In case you were curious about the acrylic gouache, here is a little bit about my experience so far.  It is very rich in color and can do the tiniest of details.  It works a lot like regular gouache but once dry it takes a bit of work to lift the underlying color.  It can be done, particularly if you have a lot of water in place, but if you are careful the underlying coat can remain undisturbed.  Also, it dries matte which I really like.  So far, liking it better than acrylic and the matte affect gives it an organic feel that I get from oil paint (and missed with acrylic).  Don't know if that affect will remain after I varnish.  Speaking of, I'm hoping the painting will survive the process as I want to try a brush application.  I plan to spray it first a couple of times, then begin the brush applications.  So here's hoping.  If anyone has experience with this sort of thing, whether acrylic gouache or regular gouache, I'd love recommendations.


Julie Whitmore Pottery said...

Elizabeth, I'm so interested in using Gouche with acrylic so I found this post so pertinent.
I have used (on top of acrylic) both soft pastel and oil pastel and then applied a thin coat of matte glaze. I like the matte. It looks almost milky when you first apply it, then dries matte. Its a casein base and I'd be happy to give you the brand name if you like. I'd love to see your entire painting!

Elizabeth Bauman said...

Hi Julie, I'd definitely be interested in what the brand is for the matte glaze. I don't think I've ever used a glaze before (or at least didn't realize it was glaze). And lately I've wanted to use matte more than gloss. The varnish I use (the brush on kind anyway) has water added to it and when I tested it directly onto the acrylic gouache it did bleed through. Definitely will need to coat the piece first, and I will, but will be holding my breath even after that. I do think keeping the brushstrokes to a minimum will help.

Julie Whitmore Pottery said...

Elizabeth its called
Pastel Fixitive'
Milk Casein formula for pastel, pencil, charcol, watercolor and mixed media.
I got it because its not toxic, and its in a pump bottle, not an aresol can. I've used it on three works and am very happy so far. Its from Dickblick. I was happy to see its okay for watercolors, which would include gouche since its waterbased too.

Elizabeth Bauman said...

That's great, thank you! I will definitely check it out. I order from Dickblick all the time. It sounds like something I'd be able to use on many sorts if work.

stephanie levy said...

Beautiful - so nice to see how you document the stages of your work :)