It was lovely to spend a day working once more with Barbara and Sandra.
The girls decided they fancied trying out gouache as they had not really done much with it before.
Our subjects were a rich deep purple clematis and a riveting yellow nastursium both climbing on a trellis or picket fence.
To start we painted the skies by wetting the whole area first then dropping in glorious random patches of blue and tilting the painting to create soft, amorphous and totally natural looking clouds.
Gouache was playing nicely! So far so good!
Next we began working on the petals and once again we wet each area first to provide a damp environment into which we dropped rich colour and tilted this to spread the gouache around with minimal brushstrokes to beautiful effect.
Gouache really is a friendly and malleable medium compared to watercolour. It can be re-wetted and re-worked.
It is not so easy to lift as watercolour but that is offset by the fact that you can paint over dark areas with light paint – which of course cannot be done with transparent watercolour.
As we built each petal with subsequent and darker, more detailed washes our paintings grew quickly with lots of satisfied oohs and ahhs from my students.
It was lovely to see them getting effective and pleasing results so soon.
Want to have a go of gouache?
To try a gouache or watercolour class just email me (Alison Fennell) at firstname.lastname@example.org and I can email you my current programme and answer any special requests.
Painting Workshop Price guide
(includes tuition/full colour step by step demo worksheets/professional artist quality paints, paper and brushes and a coffee/tea and croissant on arrival!)
- Whole day for 1 to 1 tuition £65
- Half day for 1 to 1 tuition £32.50
- Whole day for 2 friends booking together £55 each
- Half day for 2 friends booking together £32.50
- Please note I do not teach more than 2 people at a time. Courses start at 9.30am and end at 4pm. Half days are 3 hours long
Look forward to hearing from you.