Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Golly gouache, I think I like it!

Puffin in gouache on watercolour postcard 

Thanks so much to everyone who stopped by last week and told me how to pronounce 'gouache' (g'wash)!

I spent this week completing my first ever gouache painting. It's the same puffin that I painted in acrylics way back here in May but this time I painted it with the same blurred background as in the original photograph which I sourced from Paint My Photo courtesy of Lynton Bolton 

Photo courtesy of Lynton Bolton at Paint My Photo

It's only a little thing measuring 10cm x 15cm on a watercolour postcard which I'm thinking I might submit to the Twitter Art Exhibit (I mentioned it a couple of posts back if you want to find out more about it and maybe enter it yourself). I'm quite pleased with how it turned out and I think I'm going to like using gouache although I think I might need to invest in some hot pressed watercolour paper that has a much smoother surface than the paper I have in my art supply cupboard at the moment. 

In other news this week, I'm really happy to report that the gorgeous wee dog I painted back here found his forever home at the weekend!  I was at the animal shelter today and I really missed my time in the exercise run with him as he would just sit contentedly beside me with a ball wedged in his mouth (which he'd shake every so often so I'd end up dripping in dog slobber!!) while I petted and cuddled him, but I'm so pleased he's gone to a lovely new home. The next dog I planned to paint on a mini canvas was adopted a couple of weeks ago but I had a real soft spot for him (actually I do for them all!) so I'm going to paint him anyway. 

That's all for this week - a surprisingly short post for me! I'm linking to Paint Party Friday as always and will look forward to visiting folk over the weekend.

34 comments:

  1. your g'wash (lol) painting is amazing! Beautiful, I love it, I have always pronounced that darn stuff wrong but I tell you I love it, the richness in color is amazing, this is a beautiful panting, did I say I love it, lol, of course I love all you do, I'm so glad the dog got their home, thats such a happy ending!

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    1. thank you so much Laurie! I really like the richness in the colour of gouache and I think I'll like using it! I know, I'm so happy for the little fella!!

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  2. It's a great painting, they are interesting birds not like ant others.
    Happy the dog found a nice home.
    Merle............

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  3. Love your Puffin. I think you need to do many more with g'wash :)

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  4. Golly gwash! I love this puffin even more than the last! You have mastered the art of using it so quickly. I signed up to paint my photo a while back having read you use them , but havent had time to use any images yet, although I think it is a great idea!!

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  5. Fantastic Puffin painting :-)
    I loved that 'smiling' dog and am so glad he found his new Home :-)

    IKE xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  6. Wow! This is fantabulous!!!!!!!! Love it! I have never got on with g'wash so my hat goes off to you :0) And I'm so glad that adorable dog found a new home :0)

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  7. Well done - looks great! Glad you kept going, I knew you'd like it!

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  8. I'm happy that your smiling dog found a home. Yay for that! Love your gouache painting. Your bird is awesome. Thanks.
    gloria

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  9. Glad you like g'wash! Love this pronounciation! Happy post! HPPF!

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  10. I'm glad you like gouache, and I'm looking forward to seeing more of your fabulous paintings. Maybe it will convince me to try it out too. I'm still a bit sceptical. I think it's because someone once told me that unlike watercolours, it isn't really permanent when dried, and when you add water/another layer on top of it later, it dissolves it again. I'm not sure if that's actually true, but that's what put me off.I just imagined that it would all end in a big brown mess. So glad that the dog found a new home!

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  11. Brilliant! Love this painting, you have definitely taken to gouache.

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  12. Lol G'wash :) Great painting Nic! Good luck with the bird houses, they will be interesting to paint. X

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  13. Love love it...I pronounce it (goo ash), ha ha I bet there are about 10 different ways to say this word. Happy PPF.

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  14. Marvelous puffin in g*wash...never knew how to say it either. So glad the pup was adopted...As a person with four rescue pups I can so appreciate how much love they h.ave to give. xox

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  15. I love this painting! You seem to have a handel on the new paints! I cant wait to see where this medium takes you!! Kirstin x

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  16. Your puffin using goauche is so lifelike, just love it!

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  17. Your painting is beautiful,you did a fabulous job. Love it.

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  18. Beautiful painting, looks quite your very comfortable with the new medium!

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  19. LOVE your gouache puffin-and that background Nic! I don't know how you manage at the shelter without wanting to bring them all home. The only help I can give to our local shelter is by doing paperwork/mailings. I used to get upset and cry every time I saw the poor homeless animals. You are to be commended for your loving gestures.

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  20. Ooooh, I love your puffin! And I am happy that the little dog you painted found a home. Yay! Our dog is a shelter dog, adopted in February, and she is the most wonderful dog ever!!

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  21. What a fantastic painting! You are really good with this stuff. I am so impressed.
    I am also sure that your painting helped that dog get his new home.

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  22. This is beautiful Nic! When I looked at the pic and then at your work, my goodness! To not know how to pronounce it seemed irrelevant because you sure knew how to create it!!!! stellar and gorgeous! HPPF

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  23. Thank you for telling me how to pronounce that stuff!!! I have refused to say it out loud so far, lol! I LOVE your puffin and definitely think you should enter him in the exhibit. The colors are just vibrant. BEAUTIFUL work!
    Happy PPF!
    Heather Santos
    Sparrows Journey Blog

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  24. I always think of it as "go-sh" Like the word "go" with a "sh" on the end. Nice to know it's g'wash so I can sound intelligent while discusses art! I love your puffin! My son loves puffins so I will show this to home when he is home from school. I really want to try gouache, but I'm on an art supply spending freeze for a bit. :)

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  25. I have done 2 of the 3 tweeter shows, they are fun!
    You are amazing with the gouache too! Fantastic painting!

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  26. What an amazing gouache picture of a puffin. Really lovely
    Happy PPF!!

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  27. Gouache is great and I'm surprised more artists don't use it. It's as convenient as watercolor and opaque like acrylic. You can make it transparent or use thick with textural effects. Your puffin is amazing. So glad to hear about your dog friend finding a home. Life is good.

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  28. God must have been smiling when he created the puffin - your wonderful painting of him makes me smile as well. What an extraordinary bird

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  29. Wonderful likeness. I've never used gouache and have never seen any for sale anywhere.

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  30. Wow, you're getting real good in this "g'wash" thing ... ;-)

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  31. Your gouache painting is great, Nicola! I can watercolor, but for the life of me, I have struggled when I try the gouache. Thank you for the update on the doggy who found a home!

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  32. Love this gwash puffin. I really like how you painted the background. And I'm sooooo happy that doggie got his forever home. Maybe if you paint all the animals at the shelter they will find their forever homes. You seem to be a good luck charm for them. :)

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