Gouache and Watercolour Exploration 2020
I am delighted to have received funding from the Arts Council of Wales to embark on a new project where I will explore plein air painting in water based mediums- gouache and watercolour. This is a project I have been hoping to begin for a while so I'm really excited to begin! I have worked solely in oils for the last 10 years which I absolutely love. I wanted to try out water based mediums after working on island artist residencies where I had to transport a weeks worth of oil paintings over the sea on a small boat! Also just being out in the landscape all day for long hours amassed numerous oil paintings and studies which need to be carried in large wet canvas carriers. I realised I needed to try a lighter approach to painting to explore more, both physically in the landscape and in my work. Fast drying media is ideal.
Aside from the more practical reasons I'm drawn to the transparent textural effects in watercolour paints and their luminosity on the page, they possess such a wonderful light quality. Equally I've been intrigued by gouache- the rich, vibrant opaqueness. I really wanted to try working with them both individually and together to see what range of marks and effects could be achieved.