Gouache Demonstration, Monday, November 26, 2012

November 1, 2012

See the post for complete details.

Above: Yes, a rotten eggplant. Readers of this blog will remember earlier gouache paintings of this specimen on healthier days. (See the end of this post for links to earlier paintings). Pentel Pocket Brush Pen sketch (lines pretty much covered with paint) and Schmincke gouache in a journal I made with Guttenberg paper. (6 x 8 inches approx.; 12 inch wide spread.)

Monday, November 26, 2012, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. I will be giving a free gouache demo at Wet Paint in St. Paul.

Not sure what all the noise I'm making about gouache is about? Want to see someone use gouache in a variety of ways so you know what you're getting into? Have some questions about paper and brushes to use with gouache? Just like to see Roz make a fool of herself in public trying to talk and paint at the same time?

If any or all of those things are true then I hope you'll come to my free gouache painting demo at Wet Paint. 

I'll begin at 5:30 p.m. with some exercises and thoughts on blending. I'll move into still-life demos that will deal with paint application from light to heavier applications—I'm working with Schmincke Gouache and its versatility and quality enables it to be used more transparently as well as opaquely.

By the end of the evening I'll also demonstrate working on prepainted backgrounds. 

I don't know that I'll get any paintings done (that talking and painting at the same time is always an interesting juggle), but you'll see a bunch of techniques progress throughout the evening. Just in case I don't finish I'll have some completed paintings on hand so that you can see where I'm headed.

I think Schmincke Gouache is the most exciting and versatile medium available today: easy to use, easy to clean up, portable, no chemical odors, and just plain fun. Since there are a few limited edition sets remaining it's also a great time to get an incredible deal and see whether or not this paint is for you.

Schmincke Gouache is great for visual journaling, field sketching, and fine art applications. Come and see a little bit of everything.

Want to see the earlier versions of that eggplant?

Here's the first version of the healthy, fresh eggplant.

Here's my second version of the eggplant, with a painted sketch and a pen sketch on the same spread.

Here's my third version of the eggplant as it begins to rot.

All were painted with Schmincke Gouache. Papers used varied—I'll talk about papers and other supports at my demo.

If you would like to see additional examples of how I use gouache in my visual journal you can go to the category list in the left column of this blog and click on "Gouache." A whole bunch of examples will come up. That's not all of them, but I think that will do for now.

  1. Reply

    Roz: to try the Schmincke gouache, which 5 colors do you think would provide a good basic palette? I want to get a few and mess around…

  2. Reply

    That’s easy Ellen, I like the colors I selected for the limited edition set

    You can buy them individually, but there are still some sets available and that’s a huge price deal. (I think the Indigo tube alone is about $20.)

    If you like a really limited palette then just get a red, yellow, blue. They have the usual range of such colors and you can get pigments you’re familiar with in whatever watercolor line you use.

    Also if you go to that link and read the COMMENTS for that post, you’ll find a really long comment by me in response to a similar question from someone else, discussing how I use the colors in my color choice.

    I hope you’ll get some Schmincke gouache and try it out.

    • Kristine
    • November 1, 2012

    The Wet Paint website’s Events page shows this demo taking place on Monday, December 3. Which date is correct?

  3. Reply

    I assume this will be being videotaped and broadcast on Youtube? Livestreaming? But I haven’t had time to book my flight!

  4. Reply

    Too bad you can’t paint Smell. I’m interested in your technique for painting mold:)))
    Are you going to do videos or dvds of the workshops? It’s a bit frustrating to read about the goodies and then they’re out of reach.

    • Catherine Hubbard
    • November 1, 2012

    I’m going to add my plea to the others begging for a video. I’m in eastern Massachusetts, so I can’t come to your demo, but it sounds like just what I want to see and listen to. I am wanting to extend my watercolor work to include gouache and also to drastically increase my readiness and comfort with sketching on the go. Please, PLEASE ask someone to videotape this demo! I’d certainly pay for a DVD with it.

    • Kristine
    • November 1, 2012

    I’m in Chicago and would love to attend … but is it on November 26, or December 3? Can you confirm?

    • Proofreader of the Internet (Kristine)
    • November 1, 2012

    Never mind! I see that they fixed the date on the web site.

  5. Reply

    Kristine, thank you for drawing this to my attention. I didn’t know about the date mix up until I got your note. I wrote a note to Wet Paint quickly and then had to leave for meetings all day, followed by a dinner get together before a presentation at Wet Paint by another artist. I’m only back at the computer now.

    It is going to be on Monday, October 26. I’m sorry for the confusion. I think they have already changed the date on the Wet Paint website, but I just got home and haven’t even looked there yet. Hope you can come.

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    Ha! No, No, No. Sorry. I wish we could. There won’t be any videotaping of that, the light and the angles wouldn’t be good, and there will be a lot of talking and I just might SWEAR!

    A video would have to happen in a more controlled environment.

  7. Reply

    Molly I have a really good technique for painting mold—you paint the entire item that is moldy, without mold, and then at the end, just when it is perfect you smear various pasty applications of zinc or titanium white paint in areas that are moldy, to give the right translucency or opacity. But you have to be bold, and you have to realize that if you don’t get it in one go it’s all over. Lots of fun.

    This little guy above didn’t smell much at all because he was always in the refrigerator. (She I suppose.)

    No videos or DVDs of this in-store demo. I’m sorry. But I have to post about them because people in town read the blog and like to come. And sometimes people from far away come too because they’ve read the blog and are going to be here anyway. I’m sorry you couldn’t be here anyway.

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    Catherine, there won’t be a video on this night—probably too much talking while I paint and the possibility of swearing.

    I still hope to do some short videos in 2013. I’ll see if I can’t do a post with some tips soon. I have a really odd schedule coming up—too many classes to teach in Jan. and February, but after that probably. My life is very odd right now.

  9. Reply

    Kristine, it is on the 26th of November. That was confirmed this evening when I was in the store to see another artist’s demo. Thank you for drawing it to my attention earlier in the day!

    I hope you can visit. Please be sure to introduce yourself if you attend!

  10. Reply

    Thanks again!

    • Kristine
    • November 2, 2012

    I definitely will! My husband’s family lives in Menomonie, WI. We’ll happily stick around those parts for a few days after the Thanksgiving weekend in order to attend your demo. Looking forward to it!

  11. Reply

    That’s fantastic. So it was a good thing to put it near the holiday after all. I was worried everyone would be out of town. I look forward to meeting you!

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