Hi everyone! This painting was done
at the art school's Open Studio class with the live model. For this
painting, I thought I'd try using--watercolor. Yes, watercolor. As everyone knows, watercolor has two particular qualities that we should all know about:
1. It's one of the hardest mediums to master.
2. Every kid in grade school has painted with it.
the painting turned out well that day, but with me and my
math-impaired brain behind the brush, pulling off the entire thing
in transparent watercolor seems all but impossible. So out comes the
white gouache and when I mix it with the watercolor, I can use it to
then go over my screw-ups and correct my mistakes. Ten points to the
eagle-eye out there who can spot the areas where I've applied the
Gouache is an interesting medium,
and an even more interesting word. When pronounced, it resembles the
sound of a nation of conveslesants standing over the toilet during flu
season. Most people can't even spell it, let alone paint with it. I
somehow managed to memorize this word back in art school by realizing
it contains the word "ache". I'm sure there's a correlation.
And don't forget to sign up for the Dude's very first instructional masterclass: "30 years in 4 days" The Steve Rude Painting Workshop in September. The cry of the loons at night are worth the price alone!
Talking in high volume,
Steve Rude the Dudewww.SteveRude.comwww.facebook.com/steverudethedude
VERY nice. I'll have to check out your website. So where's the gouche? some of those highlighted purplish/white-ish strokes?
This is VERY good. Very good detail. I like watercolor.
It doesn't even look like water color. Usually water color has a transparent hue effect and typically is in bright colors. Your painting is solid and strong with dark shadows and finite lines. I like it, did you add less water more paint? Layering until you got the correct colors?
Like it a lot. great painting.
Hi! Steve rude. Nice peace of art. You have used colors very intelligently. I like your paint. Is the lady from Japaneses culture or Chinese.
So fluid and beautiful with just the right amount of detail!
steverude:The watercolor of the Parasol girl was a combination of transparent and opaque w.c.It begins as transparent and whatever needs correcting or requires more solidity in the last stages is done with white gouache mixed in with the w.c. to achieve opaque passages.--Steve Rude
Can we have the same effect on other techniques of painting?