Still exploring

There’s a section of the painting in the previous post that I particularly liked, both for the content and technique. It’s the row of figures drawn in watercolour crayon with a gouache wash giving lightweight colour.Photo0131This technique gives a sense of liveliness because the drawing seems to carry more detail than is actually there.

I have since done two versions, in the second the paint colour deliberately overtakes the drawn marks, however the weight of the colour obliterates a vaguely ethereal effect that was was due to the pale wash.Photo0136Photo0133From here I want to work on a larger version in letterbox format putting the figures into a row rather than two tiers. The increased scale also means working in acrylic, which I’m not sure about because its ‘plastic’ finish will create very different surface qualities, and I like the softness of the gouache. So it may be that I will use acrylic washes, returning to the  more transparent effect of the original detail.

I’m finding the technical elements of WordPress more difficult to work with now as the differences of scale are not apparent with all three the same size within the blog post, but using the first image smaller disrupted the text. You can see I didn’t quite solve that when resizing it. More to learn, but I’d rather be painting than wrestling with the computer.