Gouache Play

No plein air today. I stayed inside to avoid the heat and humidity. I played with some gouache again. Still curious. I’m coming to the conclusion that I prefer transparent watercolor.

The one on the left is thicker, more opaque gouache which is what would be typical for the medium. It’s somewhat chalky and dries very matte which made it desirable for commercial art once upon a time because it photographed well. The surface feels a bit dead to me and I prefer the luminosity of transparents. So, the one on the right is still gouache but thinned and without opaque white. I tried to treat it as if it were transparent watercolor. I don’t know if I’m gaining anything by using gouache if I’m after a transparent result.


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