gouache on paper 4"x4"
Thank you for the wonderful comments about my painting 'Bird and Dill.' I love to let that part of me come out in painting or creating. The painting above was done when I was trying to figure out gouache-I LOVE using gouache. The real deal, not the acrylic gouache-BUT-that has cerain things going for it that are fun too.
One bit of advice that I read over and over and hear on YouTube videos is "Buy the best pigment you can afford. Don't skimp on paint." And I agree with that but I have to make one diversion from that train of thought. Cheap-o bottle paints CAN BE USED and do have their place. I'm talking about acrylics. I don't think there is much value in getting cheap watercolors or oils or oil pastels. Here I'm sounding like some great authority and someone who commands respect because they are making a living selling their art. I have used cheap-o bottle acrylics to do paintings. Not as a rule, but at times. I think mixing color is the best way to go, and if you rely on already mixed color-you miss a beautiful part of being an artist and expressing yourself in color.
I (occasionally) use some Blick matte acrylic paint in 2 oz.bottles and the pigment is 'nice.' The problem with the cheap-o's is that there's lots of fillers and water and very little pigment. So you end up repainting a few times to get a nice even color. You can use that handicap to your advantage though, and that's what I like to play with when I use those paints. It is still best to buy the best paint you can afford.
Long and windy!
Well, here I am with a hurtin' face from some surgery to remove some basal cell cancer. I'm wrapped up like the mummy woman and it's uncomfortable. Besides that, I can't pick up and hold my goose for a while!
Soooo...we have a ton of STUFF going on here and I will be on a blog break till about August. I will probably be lurking around and saying howdy on your posts.
Take care my good friends.
Love, Debra XXOO