As my artist's statement explains, my work is utterly incomprehensible and is therefore full of deep significance. -- Calvin and Hobbes

Thursday, November 14, 2013

It's all Gouach-y and such that is..


2.5x3.5"; Gouache on matboard

Fundraiser, Part Deux
This little piggy has gone to market.  eBay auction!

If you haven't read my post from earlier in the week about the little ornament painting, it will read similar to this one. I am repeating myself for some fortuitous reason.  Ah, I know! It's because I have been listening to a Spanish composer well know for his repetition in themes.  I need another cup of coffee, because I can't remember his name any longer.  It was yesterday. That day has come and gone and today is what matters (besides, as I age, the storage capacity is getting used up.  I need to free up some disk space, or defrag perhaps. Do they do that anymore?)

This is my very first attempt at painting entirely in gouache!  I admit that on occasion, I have used gouache for a highlight on an ink or watercolor painting. (is that cheating? maybe)  I was chatting with some friends on Facebook about gouache and that got me inspired to try them.  I was determined to learn the technique, so I dove in.  There is a distinct learning curve with this medium as it wets itself each time you touch the paper!  You can apply watercolor techniques to a degree and, they say, oil, but truly, this medium stands alone as one not to be compared to others.  It just is what it is and what it is, is frustrating.  I wanted to chuck it, but I know that after time and layering I eventually get, I stuck with it until, after many, many, many layers, I began to achieve a look that I could be satisfied with.  But hey, first time out there are bound to be a few lessons to learn!   I found lots of demos on  I'm patting myself on the back for seeing it to the end. 

I'm going to donate the proceeds from the this painting to help someone in a very special way.  A different kind of help this holiday season.  I am going to help an artist be, well, arty!  Someone who creates and is destined to create, through no choice of her own.  Shucks, those are the cards she was dealt!  It's just something we artist types have to do!  I have a girl in mind, the 9 year old daughter of someone who works at the local grocery store, who I know is a budding artist.  Her Mom could not stop talking about her talents from the moment she found out that I am an artist.  Her exuberance has struck a chord with me!  When I was young, I didn't realize this would be a choice for me and although my parents knew I (and my brother) had some talent, I don't think they thought that art would be something we would pursue as a profession.  My brother got his education in fine art and education and became a school teacher.  I got my education in fine art and French!  I'm not a translator, so where did that leave me? Well, here!  I think I chose wisely.

It would be great if this painting earned enough to buy some decent supplies for the kid!  (It should be worth a mint if you include my time, but learning is time consuming. Oink!) Fuel the passion!

Our little ebay groups (Aceo artists - art card, editions and originals) creates and sells these tiny little works of art that have become highly collectible worldwide!  We wanted to up the anty and introduce are tiny art to some new fans and collectors!  Every other month or so, we, as a group, list for one week a bunch of these aceos at auction, starting at a penny!  It's called Pennyfest!  Please go to eBay and search "pennyfest" to find this listings!  This week, there are 5 pages of them, originals and prints. 

Kudos for getting to the end of this post.  You get the good humor award!
Have a nice day, Rebecca


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