Painting A Lemon In Gouache

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).

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  1. Tina Koyama says:

    Hmm… must be nice to be able to put in those small highlights at the end instead of trying to save them out for the whole time you’re painting! 😉

    • For me the biggest deal of all is being able to work dark to light. Being able to correct a shape by painting over it is also a big plus. The highlight thing is easily gotten by adding a bit of gouache to a watercolor. These rest… not so much.

  2. Cora Brown says:

    Your lemon looks great to me. Very lifelike with realistic texture.


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