Gouache 101

Gouache 101 - student project

Hello,

for this class, I created two projects. I do like them both for different reasons but the process of creating the first painting was quite painful, so I decided to give it another go. 

Gouache 101 - image 1 - student projectFor the first painting, I struggled with the colour scheme a lot. I wanted to keep the colours as close to the realistic colour palette of my subjects as possible, however, that would mean that there would be a lot of while. So I wanted to change them a little bit but could not find anything that I would like. I ended up twisting the colours of the bird a bit while keeping the flowers quite real and the butterfly is just pure fantasy.

Gouache 101 - image 2 - student project

The background was meant to be black but as I finished all the elements, I realised that some of the colours were actually quite dark (darker than I expected when painted in two layers) and they would just disappear into the black background. In the end, I settled for green and really quite like it. I think it brings all the elements nicely together. 
Gouache 101 - image 3 - student projectBecause the bird is flying, I didn’t want to fill the space around it too much but now I feel that it looks a bit empty. 

Gouache 101 - image 4 - student projectFor my second picture, I was inspired by life around water and this time, I decided to change the colour scheme completely. I found a beautiful palette on Pinterest and I added dark blue for the background.
I started with the background this time because, I really did not enjoy doing it the other way round in the first painting.

Gouache 101 - image 5 - student project

 I really enjoyed adding all the details. The original plan was that there would be reeds in the background, but when I added the butterfly, I decided against reeds, it didn’t feel like there was enough space for it. However, it looked rather empty. In the end, I added this squiggly lines and I really like the look of it. For some reason, it reminds me of these medieval panel paintings. I’m still not quite sure if I didn’t make it too busy this time but at the same time, I really like it. 

Gouache 101 - image 6 - student project

This was a really helpful class with lots of useful tips and a fun project.
Thank you, Kate!