Still Playing with GouacheThis little painting is really too awful for words, but I'm going to talk about it anyway. I am always saying we aren't after a masterpiece every time we pick up the brush. How will I ever learn to use gouache if I don't experiment? I couldn't leave this alone, and it has layer after botched layer on the light weight paper. I think if gouache is layered too heavily, it will crack, so if I feel myself coming close to a masterpiece, I'll remember that.
Doing this painting made me think of a painting I did when I was a little kid. Even the smell of the paint today took me back there. I had been given a set of paints in jars, and I was painting a beach with palm trees. I left that long-ago painting somewhere accessible to our dog, and he licked off the paint!!! I learned a few lessons from that licked painting - have a place of your own to paint, it's all about the journey not the finished product, and use materials that dogs don't find tasty.