May 2005 - Two Australians moved to Tuscany where they planned to live for two years. Two weeks later their dogs, Snowy and Dermott, arrived. Seven years and a property purchase later, they're still here.
You've laid down the ground then painted on top and then scratched through? Or painted with gold on top? I can't make up my mind - however the effect is terrific!
I started with a gold ground, Katherine. Wonderful for creating texture but one has to be careful because the gouache lifts very easily which is great when you want to but very difficult to deal with when you don't want it to lift. Thank you for your encouragement. :)
This is a gorgeous painting Robyn. I haven't used gouache, but now see the wonders of an opaque paint. Do you have a favorite brand?
Thank you, Shirley. I have a lot of W&N Gouache and there are some favourite colours from their watercolour range I would like to buy in gouache but I also inherited some Holbein Artists' Gouache in greys and black which I really love and want more of. It's great to have the pre-mixed range of greys to mix with other colours too. The gold is Talons and it's gorgeous and I've been very impressed with a couple of other colours of theirs. I'd love to try Sennelier's gouache too.
What an interesting effect - and such a lovely subject.
The overall effect of the different interactions with the gold underlay is quite magical. You have given us an excellent account of the potential problems with this intricate technique – thanks especially for this lovely end product proving it’s worth taking the time to overcome them.
What a successful experiment with the gold ground Robyn. The many varied effects are intriguing and beautiful - great subject and composition to show them off too.
Thanks Bridget. I had a great photo of friends in India for inspiration.Charlene - Many thanks.Cathy - Thank you. Of course now I want to put gold on everything. :)
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