Blue Kangaroo and Coopers Hawk

2015-02-22 10.06.22-Coopers-Hawkblue-kangaroo-krister-finalHere’s  blue kangaroo that I finished from my trip to the zoo. I found out that I’m probably using too little water and paint in my gouache. I had assumed that letting the paint dry up was fine as it can be reconstituted with water, but I found out that that’s not the case. I’m working on a portrait now and hope to have something to show soon.

I’m color mixing more now.

This beautiful Cooper’s hawk was on our neighbor’s roof this morning. Coopers and sharp-shinned hawks are pretty similar except I think this is a Cooper because of his big head. Here’s a close up of his head. I wish I had a little larger zoom lens, but this was still pretty cool.coopers-hawk-closeup

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  1. Are you using acrylic gouache? That kind can be rewetted to some degree for a short time after drying, but eventually should become resistant to water. Regular gouache can be rewetted without much problem, in my experience. Might depend on the brand though, as some ingredients can aid rewetting.

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    1. Thanks cavepainter! I am not using acrylic gouache. I usually take a long time and rework the paint and I think acrylic would dry too fast for me. My teacher told me that I wasn’t using enough paint. I put the paint in the wells, and then was transferring only a little bit the mixing area and I think it was too dry. When I rewetted, it seemed crumbly. I’ve been using Windsor and Newton gouache, but that is the only brand I know.

      I tried a lot more water today, and also a 300 lb paper. I like it a lot better, but I’m going to have to figure out how the appearance with with color with wet vs. dry. Previously I had been using 140 lb hot press paper. Now this paper is much more absorbent, and the color (with more water) really doesn’t stay as intense as I had it before.

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      1. Oh I mostly have W&N gouache too, plus some from a couple of others, though I don’t use them often. At least in watercolor some paints will be harder to rewet than others even if they’re from the same brand. For example, dry viridian needs to have water placed on it and be left to soak for a few minutes before it’s ready to be used. Maybe it was crumbly because it just needed longer soaking?

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  2. This is good to know. I didn’t know the paints could also vary so much within a brand. I will try. I think I may really want to do oil at some point – but it seemed a lot harder than gouache when I tried it before. I liked the dark color of the gouache with very little water, but if it’s too dry, it doesn’t spread and I rough up the paper.

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