Amazing practice

Amazing practice - student project

I am so incredibly happy that I found this course. This should be a regular exercise, a habit. It seems as if I can not stop. I have three pieces done in tempera and three more backgrounds started in acrylic. 

At first, I was unimpressed by tempera, as it is quite unstable, after drying. Acrylic is more rigid. Once dried, it stays like that. With tempera, things turn a bit wilder. Colours have will. They reactivate when a wet layer is applied over a dry one. At first I hated that. But the next morning, I found the matte, opaque, porous feeling of tempera quite appealing. I didn;t want to invest much money in colours, as I did not know if i liked them. So I used the brand new set of tempera my son had for school use for 3 years now... Yes, that's how much they used it in 3 years. I have no clue what the difference between tempera and gouache is, as on my son;s set it says: tempera/poster color/gouache). But anyhow, the results are amazing. With these projects I have gone beyond my comfort zone. I always need to know what is going to come out of the painting, and I have to be in control of the paints. They must not have a will of their own. 

In these projects, you have no idea what the result is going to be (of course you can plan, but you will miss all the surprise). Tempera turned out quite an interesting painting medium, and now I am sure I can invest in these colours. But when the tempera tubes are empty. :D

Another aspect that I like with these projects is that you never know when it is finished. You just go on, and on... and at some point you stop. Maybe you are wondering what to do next. And if you sleep over it, you might find that it just needs one more splash, or, on the contrary, it needs nothing else. How much negative space is the right amount? You decide. And there is no pressure. 

This is my first attempt in gouache. It is crowded, overwhelming, yet there are so many parts I love about this. Amazing practice - image 1 - student projectAnother attempt: not so crowded as the first one, yet still amazing and with very captivating details. I used a leaf to stamp here (apply paint on leaf and print the paint on the page)

Amazing practice - image 2 - student project

And I wanted to see what happens on a black background, using some chrysanthemum flowers and leaves as stamps. I found out that painting on black is quite challenging. But an interesting effect nontheless.Amazing practice - image 3 - student project


Thank you very much Suzanne for this course and for your insights into this technique. You are quite fun to watch and listen to. You did cross some t's.