The last time I posted about my daily painting project, I had just purchased a whole array of gouache paints, plus some new brushes, and had started experimenting with this new-to-me paint. The glory of gouache is that it's opaque enough to totally cover whatever was underneath (helpful for fixing mistakes) and able to lay down a beautiful matte surface if you want. Or you can dilute it for washy watercolor effects. I've been trying both approaches.
Frankly, I've been way more interested in learning how the paint behaves than in coming up with artistically rewarding compositions. I have been fixating on a certain motif and doing it over and over, changing a little something each time I do it. Today I'll talk about my first repeated motif, the lake.
I know that other painters can make their gouache expanses look like paint chips -- perfectly smooth and without color variations or brushmarks -- but I can't. I can get close, as with the pink lake, but that's not really a goal I want to work toward; I find the mottled surfaces of the sky and land far more interesting.
I've played around with the composition in several ways, with multiple lakes, upside-down lakes and portrait-format designs. All of them have the narrow white outline between the different colors, sometimes rendered in white paint but other times achieved by very carefully leaving white paper between the painted areas.
One of my early lakes was a disaster -- why did I ever think it would be a good idea to give it a handle?
After 18 days of lakes, I was ready to move on. I'll show you my next motif in another post. Meanwhile, you can see all my daily art on my daily art blog.