|Figure Painting Detail (Session 2 of 3). 2010.|
Gouache, watercolor, and acrylic on paper, 12 x 9".
Round 2 of figure painting went well, marking the first foray into color. I concentrated on the overall tones of the image, leaving any detail for next week. I'm going to attempt to retain the looseness of this first pass during the next session, but no promises. I'll probably be happier with the results if I just treat it as a "study." It might help if I stick to my chosen brush, a #4 filbert, hog bristle.
I am often asked why I mix media so readily, never settling for a single approach. This painting serves as a reasonably good example of how different mediums can be utilized for their unique properties. The red fabric, for instance, is rendered with a gouache and watercolor underpainting, but the highlights are "plucked" from the shadows with white acrylic, topped with a thin coat of red acrylic (Holbein's Scarlet Acryla Gouache, to be exact). The result is a red that is light in tone, yet deeply saturated. Even when used at full strength, the red acrylic could not physically reproduce the same effect. You can still see "unvarnished" white in some areas, such as the fingers, elbow and left calf. These hot spots were laid down in preparation for future color passes.
Most of the other strokes are gouache and watercolor, both of which I readily mix together, depending on the desired consistency. I actually forgot to bring my palette knife to the studio, but the colors of the scene were limited enough as to not present a challenge. It would have been a different story had the painting been larger.
Just for the record, my favorite part is her left foot. Dirty feet is one of the unspoken joys of painting from life. Have a great weekend!