Gouache noun \'gwash\ A method of painting with opaque watercolors.
I was fortunate to be able to take a week long gouache workshop at Fort Worden in Port Townsend, Washington through Gage Art Academy. I was familiar with the instructor, Karen Hackenberg's work and was really looking forward to the week. I was not let down.
Karen is a fabulous instructor, patient and precise with excellent communication skills. She is also a master at gouache. I learned more than I had hoped.
Maybe the best part of the adventure was the time created for painting. I am a working artist but the days usually get interrupted by the business of living. Rarely do I have a long day (let alone week) to devote exclusively to painting.
|#1 test: rubber faucet thing. This was about the paint,|
how it handled and the exciting discovery that it really
could cover itself. It reminded me of painting with
oil except that the paint would dry within a minute.
|#2 test: broken plastic fish pen. The goals were a smooth background|
and the look of plastic. With gouache, one can go back and
fix problems such as a couple that I can see above.
|#3 test: plastic easter egg dye bottle with water. |
I wanted to master the little devil and that tricky
shadow. It was a struggle. I also practiced spatter
as a background effect.
'It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.'
Henry David Thoreau