Wednesday, May 5, 2010

One Navel

I painted this one on Bristol vellum, underpainted with a dark blue-violet. I wanted the white ground to have a little more painterly quality to it, and I knew it would make the shadow easier to paint. I just worked around it, as you can see. The label was a necessity, IMHO, to add color, texture and impact! Hope you agree.


  1. Hi Deborah,
    I'm putting some time into learning to use gouache and I'm wondering what kind/size brushes you are using on your pieces. And do you prefer a certain brand of gouache? Sorry if this is redundant.

  2. Sorry, I was also wondering how you mount the trading card as you paint it. The picture that actually shows you holding one doesn't have any tape border. Do you tape the back?

  3. Hey, Mike, no problem. Check out the tab at the top of the page where I have listed 'Paint, Paper, Brushes' and see if that doesn't answer a few of your questions! I just bought two new brushes yesterday, Princeton #4 filbert and #6 round. Very handy!

    I don't worry too much about fastening the paper down. Usually I hold the edges in my fingers as I paint. Once a corner is dry I'll grab there. Next time I'm painting I'll see if I can get someone to snap a picture of me holding onto the painting as I work and post it on the materials page.

    The heavier weight papers like 300-lb. watercolor paper, or the Pastelmat or Somerset, remain fairly flat throughout the process. Bristol or lighter weight w/c paper tends to buckle or curl, but I just flatten it out by curling it backwards &/or set the finished and dry painting under a book overnight.

    Hope that helps! Feel free to ask other questions, however. :)

  4. Thanks a lot! That was a help!


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