About 15 years ago when working in my studio in Wales, I started to PLAY with the idea of mixing transparent watercolours with Opaque Gouache.
In this quick study of my friend, Claudia Notalle, the French actress, I worked from paper that had a cadmium orange gouache ground, along with all sorts of other paint spatterings! I have intentionally integrated the paint spatterings into the image.
The moral of the story is don’t throw old pieces of soiled paper away…….
I sketch out the face using Indian Red…..and at the same time throw in Gouache permanent white for the highlights and some dark tones to indicate shadow areas.
In this frame I add more Indian Red and strengthen the darks around the image…..always working the whole painting….not just one
segment at a time…..
I now add the vibrancy of turquoise…which is a mix of Cotman watercolour Turquoise with permanent white Gouache….again moving the colour around the image.
I also add violet, more Indian red and strengthen the darks…..allowing the cadmium orange ground and spatterings to show through the painting.
Wishing everyone a lovely weekend….back here on Monday.