I bought gouache paints. I bought of box of Holbein gouache paints because I was curious about them. I actually first starting painting with watercolors back in high school. And then I didn't. But these are opaque watercolors! I think this medium is much more fun. For some time now I've been following several artists on instagram and they use gouache - I love instragram and artists' feeds on that thing! (Pssst - just do a search for Jeremy Duncan. He's a great place to start.)
So, that's where this new passion started. It was on Instagram. And I brought the paints to the lake and started making small quick studies of the lake landscape. My sister really liked them and now those first ones reside on the walls in the lake house. I came home and painted a few more. I've been gradually slipping these small paintings in between the larger works, the commissions, and the markets. They're a great way for my brain to shift and work on something else just for a couple of hours.
About a week and a half ago I taught my first gouache workshop in Lake Charles at The Art Factory. For me, my brain works differently when I'm painting by myself in front of an easel than when I'm painting and explaining to others my process, what I'm thinking about, decisions to consider, and the laying down the painting. Half of the workshop participants were artists but none had used gouache. I think they're hooked now. The plan now is to teach another workshop at The Art Factory in the spring. You should come try this stuff out. It's addicting!
I have just two available now and they are listed on my website if you want to go there and take a good look at them. Click here.
Painting dogs, children, trees, clouds, roads, flowers, flowers, and more flowers all in hot southern Louisiana!