Beginnings in Gouache


I had some amazing support and inspiration from a dear art friend (please go see her beautiful work @sofierimmer_art) from Denmark to try my hand at Gouache. And let me say, I really love it.

I was feeling pretty beaten by watercolours (perhaps uninspired) but after a few dapplings in gouache, I can finally share my journey so far using this amazing medium and how it’s enlightened me โ™ฅ

I am using a student grade set of 12 by Pฤ“bฤ“o (Studio, 12ml) that I bought on discount in November last year ($16 down from $21 at Oxlades in Brisbane). I also have a big tube of White from Art Spectrum.

I really can’t wait to delve deeper into gouache, and I’m already thinking of getting some artist grade paint!!!!

I think the hardest thing about using gouache is that now I fight constantly about which medium to use (watercolour or gouache?) and also wondering if I may end up being a Gouachist (Is that a term?) more than a Watercolourist (at first I was a bit emotionally torn at the thought but ultimately if it makes me happy, what is wrong with that! ๐Ÿ˜Š)

Anyway, here is my work so far.

The first thing I did was paint a middle eastern stylised mandala thing. Never drawn one before this moment. So that was really fun. Also got to use some cheap gold paint from years ago ๐Ÿ˜€

I then experimented on some cheap brown kraft paper from Kmart (what is more exciting in this medium is the ability to paint on something other than white watercolour paper!)

Calla Lily, and a bunny ๐Ÿ™‚

I then did this recent work (less experimental and more like artwork now!)
I had a realization recently about what I should be painting versus what I want to be good at painting.

I’m a mother of two little ones and I think looking at them everyday made me see what I was missing in my art – people tell you to do what you love. How about paint what you love, paint what you understand, paint your feelings, your thoughts. And being a mother is what I understand, what I love, it is a concept with boundless energy that has feeling, movement and is part of everyone’s life. And very much mine.

I’m gonna paint it. Paint it in many ways. All the way from maternity, birth to childhood. I want to highlight the bonds and the joy. The journeys, the discoveries and the imagination. All of it. And not just from my own perspective.

So please enjoy my next two artworks. I’m quite proud of them.



Stay tuned for more๐Ÿ’•

Maybe a W.I.P next time??

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