Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Smooth, creamy and delicious

The Artist March 2014

Smooth, creamy and delicious but not chocolate, whatever could it be? Oh yes, it's my thoughts on painting with gouache paints, gathered together in this month's The Artist magazine which is available to buy in shops in the UK now. Apparently you can also find it in the USA in Barnes book stores, that's groovy!

There are so many reasons to love gouache and here's a few -

No using solvents or mediums, just good old water.
You can re-use dried up paint on the palette, by wetting it again.
You can add highlights later, no need to plan ahead in the same way you have to with watercolours.
You can easily combine with other media, for example watercolours and drawing media.
They dry with that soft matt finish.
They make ideal, forgiving, paints for beginners.
You don't need much in the way of equipment.
They don't kill your brushes.*

Here's another gouache painting exploiting the gouache at a fluid creamy consistency and laying down adjacent areas of flat colour. This one sold at my exhibition last month. It was one of only two glazed (framed under glass) pieces in the whole exhibition!

Crab hut at Brancaster Staithe
* Never killed any of mine with gouache anyway, you may know different!


  1. I just read your gouache article in The Artist, and came right home to Google you. I'm from Cornwall, live in Michigan, and like gouache +++

  2. Yes, I read it in the Barnes & Noble store.


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