Gladioli, 9 August 2013

Painting gladioli

Painting of gladioli by Simon BirtallThis is the first painting I’ve done in gouache since completing an HND Illustration course at Falmouth School of Art in 1993. I (vaguely) remember using gouache there mainly for life science work.

I hadn’t thought of using gouache since then until seeing some excellent and inspiring work by a student exhibiting in the annual exhibition of Deeside Art Group in West Kirby. Chancing upon some affordable Daler Rowney gouache paints shortly thereafter, I thought it a propitious sequence of events so thought I’d give them another whirl.

I’ve used the paint a little less opaquely in places here, in more of a watercolour technique, but I’ve thoroughly enjoyed producing this sketch. It took a little over an hour and was painted on Cotman 16″ x 12″ watercolour paper.

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