Sketching Le Coin

I’ve been spending a lot of time lately making various blotches of gouache on paper and watching YouTube videos on its use.  At this point I’m thoroughly confused.  Of course it’s possible to use gouache just like watercolor but it seems that its real power is when you start applying it in more opaque layers, which moves it closer to oils in both application and in how you mix colors.  As I said, I’m thoroughly confused.

I got tired of making endless color spots, color wheels, etc. and decided I should try to paint something.  I chose one of my favorite little stores, Le Coin.  The result doesn’t do it justice as I don’t really know how to handle gouache in any context, including Le Coin, but here it is – my first gouache painting.

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  1. Laure says:

    I’m sure you’ve heard the saying about how we have to be willing to be bad at something before we can be good at it…that said, I think you’re off to an excellent start! I love the door with the small triangle of light and the roof/door overhang gives this area more depth. To explore and challenge ourselves with our art…there’s no better feeling! Good luck in your new adventures!

    • Yes, I have heard that expression, though failing in public is harder than doing so in private. That’s why smart people don’t put their failures on the internet (grin). This is the quote that got me through much of my life:

      “Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill

      Another I like a lot is more recent:

      “It’s failure that gives you the proper perspective on success.” – Ellen DeGeneres

      This second one, I think, is why artists are more appreciative of other artist’s work than are non-artists.

      As for the gouache sketch, I learned a lot from trying to apply what I’ve learned with all the paint blobs I’ve done in recent weeks. Oh how I hate doing paint blobs. Can’t imagine why people like to do them

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