“With experimentation comes surprise and discovery,” says Kim Lee Kho. I knew I would be away from my studio for the month of August, so I decided to partake on a journey into the unknown – water media. After attending James Gurney’s fantastic lecture in April at the Yellow Barn and following his alla prima paintings, I selected gouache. Gouache is an opaque watercolor consisting of natural pigment, water, and a binding agent.
It was a bit hard for me to navigate at first, as I am used to the laws and nature of oil paints. The fluidity of the gouache and its rapid drying speed were the most challenging. Once I got the hang of it, I quite enjoyed it and find myself longing to take out the paints and see what they can do. Plus, the ease of the clean up was a huge perk!
I did find that the fluidity did not allow me to get the detailed lines I crave in my art, so I added archival ink to the artwork. The thin lines added a new depth and definition to the pieces.
My parents spend months planning and planting their phenomenal garden on Cape Cod, which became my muse. Every year I visit, I tell myself that I should paint their garden. Well, this year I finally did it and the gouache was the perfect medium to explore its awesomeness without fearing my oil paints would ruin their house. 🙂
Contact me if you are interested in purchasing any gouache & ink on paper works. Otherwise, they will be for sale at the Kensington, MD “Paint the Town” Labor Day art show!