More baby steps down the gouache road today. I’m trying to figure out how to mix proper (and to understand what proper means) viscosities/tones/hues to achieve results. I’m learning that gouache is NOT opaque watercolor. It’s a different thing entirely. Lightening colors with water is a non-starter because too much water results in lifting of existing paint.
Rather, you must lighten colors using white or yellow. I calculate that I only need to do a thousand more paintings to come to some understanding of this. Anyways, my goal with this simple painting was to explore how I could achieve the lumpy appearance of a lemon. While far from perfect, I was pleased with the result, though it took me approximately forever to achieve it (grin).