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Old 04-12-2017, 11:30 PM
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Painting size limitations with gouache?

Just started trying out gouache after trying for a year or 2 to wrap my brain around watercolor's working from light to dark process. I was attracted to gouache from watching James Gurney's YouTube videos and I do like it so far. Reminds me of my experimentation with oil painting as a teen, minus the mess and l-o-n-g drying times.

However, I have yet to see any examples anywhere of works larger than, oh, 6"x9".

Is it limited to only sketches, or small finished pieces? That's not necessarily a deal breaker for me, but it likely means I'll have to keep looking for the media that works for me in larger sizes, or bite the bullet and learn to adapt to what seriously feels like trying to paint backwards in watercolor. If I could produce anything like Gurney's work, I'd be content painting small pieces for a few years at least.

If anyone can point me to examples of larger gouache works (if there are any) I'd appreciate it.

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Re: Painting size limitations with gouache?

What attracted me to gouache apart from James Gurney's plein air gouache was seeing an 18x24 inch detailed gouache painting in the local Palette Club exhibition. So I would say there are no reasons why you couldn't paint large.

The painting I saw was behind glass, but another idea is to paint on a Gallery Wrapped watercolour paper and protect the painting with Dorland Wax so it needs no frame. Apparently they sell very well, CharM is a proponent of this technique.

Gallery wrapped "canvasses" are made by stretching your watercolour paper over a frame or better still a cheap blank canvas. See the Watercolor Handbook link in my signature for Gallery Wrapping and Dorland Wax instructions.

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Re: Painting size limitations with gouache?


24"x12"


24"x36"


16"x40"


48"x60"

Doug,

Here are 4 quick examples that I have created, so be encouraged.
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Re: Painting size limitations with gouache?

Wow! Love that explosion.

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Re: Painting size limitations with gouache?

Thanks Doug
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Re: Painting size limitations with gouache?

Boafamily:

Thanks for sharing your fascinating work as examples of larger format gouache paintings. Your paintings are mesmerizing! I must say I had this overwhelming urge to try refocusing my eyes to reveal a hidden 3D image. (Anyone besides me remember those?)

Doug... the North Carolina one
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Re: Painting size limitations with gouache?

DougInNC I remember those all to well my friend thanks.
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