Art in the Time of Corona: week 1

My oil paints are in my studio, my acrylics are in a barn in Vermont and I, now with the attention span of a fruit fly, am sequestered at home with gouache, watercolors, pastels, crayons, inks and, thankfully, paper. It’s been awhile since I’ve used these, and I am expecting a certain amount of pain growth. Let the good times roll.

Today I start with gouache. This is the traditional gouache that originally developed in France while the English developed watercolor. It is opaque, water-soluble, will rewet and has a flat finish. Like watercolor, it can be very portable.

My studio assistant is Alfie. I keep sitting in his favorite chair.

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Demo – drawing on Dura Lar

Photos courtesy of Kai Alexis Smith, Architecture and Design Librarian at MIT Libraries

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Drawing in the Galleries, Wednesdays at the MFA, Boston.

Terrific program at the MFA on Wednesday evenings – 3 hours (6-9pm) but drop in and leave as works for you) of drawing with a model in the galleries.

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Beginning: cyclamen

Scaling up to a 24×24 canvas. I want a bit more freedom & broad strokes that can come with this scale. I will be limited to just daytime painting to add a bit of backlight.

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