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By Far the Best Book on Gouache,
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This review is from: Gouache (Collins Learn to Paint) (Paperback)
Have been trying to decide on which medium would best replace my love affair with oils, and have been considering gouache. So I've now got a little collection of gouache books, none of which gave me enough definitive information to make a decision one way or the other. Until I received this one, that is!
It goes into great detail what gouache is capable of achieving, and illustrates with the most beautiful paintings the fine results that can be achieved. It tells you when and where the artist would use it, and describes her palette, equipment, and supports.
She explains how she would start (setting out the palette, choosing a water pot and brushes, then goes on to describe adding water to gouache and overpainting). She then sets out in more detail how much water you would use to create different effects - in applying colour, painting wet in wet, dry-brush applications, and drawing patterns.
She then sets you what she calls 'simple exercises', but these and the previous chapter might in themselves be enough for you to decide on whether or not gouache is a medium you might like to work in.
She then presents a chapter on experimenting in the discipline of using just a very few colours, and how to mix these colours to achieve quite surprisingly different ones. And then takes you through the steps to create two quite different paintings from the same drawing, using the same 3 colours, on two different supports.
The rest of the book is used to go into great detail on mixing greens and drawing trees, painting water and boats, flowers and still life. Finally she goes into the techniques of painting portraits, buildings and landscapes - and finally sketching with gouache and ink, and a note on acrylising medium, which makes gouache water proof.
This is a fine book, written by a fine author and painter.