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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

New Gouache Paintings

I've been very busy making torn paper collages and getting an assemblage ready for the Art From Trash Show (more on this later).

I've been missing the pleasure of working in paint, particularly gouache. I really enjoy its luscious velvety quality, the way it interacts with water, how you can use it impasto, how you can lift colours and, if careful, use it in glazes. It's a remarkably versatile type of paint, much under-used and under-appreciated, in my view.

Having a small window of opportunity (30 minutes!) I whipped up these three simple semi-abstract landscapes. I can see a vague connection with the scenery observed on my recent trip to the South Island of New Zealand. There are similarities to the Canterbury Plains area which we traveled through on the TransAlpine Train from Christchurch to Greymouth. The website is not hyperbole. It is one of the world's great train journeys.


While I was painting these, I felt awed by the miracle of paint. How the texture, colours, marks and "accidents" suddenly conjure an image.It never ceases to amaze me.