I have been exploring a different approach with gouache and acrylics with some really unique results. Using watercolor paper I coat the paper with gesso and pour liquid acrylics to create an abstract scene and then using layers of gouache turn it into a realistic scene. You can't believe how much fun this is.
This isn't one of my best examples but one of the few I thought of photographing before hand:
This was the scene that started it:
It was a pouring I did a couple of years before for a background for a dog portrait but it came out a total disaster. I got carried away with the acrylic paint and it came out heavy and globby in places. The dark paint puddled in long streaks (those I turned into trees) and I played with salt which worked in one corner but didn't dissolve on the otherside and left a sandpaper finish
I pulled it out last summer and after studying it started to see rocks and trees and just started painting.
I have been having problems with monitors showing too dark or light. This is showing up too dark on my monitor but after veiwing it on a different monitor I am afraid to change it, Let me know if it is dark or correct on yours.
I went to town doing scenery painting after scenery after that. You can painting with gouache over acrylic with some cool results.Take a look at some of my other scenery paintings
and let me know what you think?: