Exploring Gouache- The Versatile Medium with Kathleen Denis
Gouache is one of the most versatile painting mediums, allowing you to paint similar to oils and acrylics, because of its opaque qualities, and also like watercolors, with little mess. The effortless set-up and clean-up make it easy to travel with, using no solvents, only water, as a convenient grab-and-go medium. Making direct brushstrokes, like acrylics, allows your painting to not get overworked, and its ability to be re-wet, unlike acrylics, allows you to make changes to your painting at any time. The matte finish of gouache permits you to see the colors without glare on the painting’s surface and offers the possibility of varnishing it to look like an oil painting, becoming permanent. You can use it for quick studies or as a finished painting.
I usually paint in oils or acrylics but while dealing with some possible paint pigment related health issues, I started painting smaller pieces in gouache and found that I really appreciate this medium. The ease and convenience of using them is such a pleasure! So, when I traveled to France recently, gouache was the only medium I took with me, and I loved the outcome. It can be challenging to learn how to use a new medium, so allow me to guide you through the ins-and-outs of gouache so you can enjoy it as much as I do.
Day 1 – Learn how to use gouache, including your equipment, paints and surface.
Day 2 – Paint a scene – either from a photo of your own or a still life. Kathleen will provide lighting. Students bring objects to paint.
All levels may attend but being familiar with how to paint is helpful.