Paulie's little blog about painting the daily songs and whisperings of our gardens.
A 5"x5" oil painting done in 2012
Monday, July 7, 2014
I've taken a break from my normal songbird paintings to indulge myself in tons of wild and crazy colors. I've made these kinds of pendants and ornaments for many years, but this is the first time that I gessoed them first, to make a shaped canvas to paint on. The gesso allowed me to play with all the mediums in my toolbox, so I started making all new molds for a whole new set of characters to play with, and ones that worked better/easier for painting calico patterns and weird things all over them.
While I was digging out all my different paint sets to see what worked best for what I wanted to do, I discovered an old set of gouache that I've had for half a million years (I think). I whole new artist was born! Painting with gouache on a gessoed surface responds completely different from any other kind of paint. Watercolors can't handle a candle to these things! I am so impressed and have a whole new respect for gouache paints. This kind of paint never runs or bleeds, no matter how heavy handed I get with the spray-on super gloss varnishes.