Donna, Yes, I really enjoy experimenting with different surfaces.... everything always ends up looking rather like my pastel paintings!!!!
... So maybe I should stick to pastels! England is wonderful, fantastic to be back. I have been painting small watercolours and gouache landscapes in a makeshift space. It is really good to realize that I donít need all of that art furniture and studio stuff around me to paint. Itís good to be comfortable, but I have finally realized itís not necessary to hoard art supplies and art related stuff!!
Peggy, thanks for looking. I just posted some more paintings I am working onÖnot finished yet.... to show how I approach gouache on a sanded surface. Nice to say hello to you again.
Tres, that is exactly what I love about using Colourfix primer also. You can create surface patterns and texture with the applicator or brush before you even start to paint.
Deborah, I have just posted a reply to your questions over in the gouache thread, with some new paintings I am working on. Hope you give gouache a try, I think you will like working with the medium. In a few months my shipment will arrive and I will have my pastels back (I hope that they arenít all turned to dust in transit).
One curious thingÖ..as I approach colour mixing and blending in gouache in the same way as with my pastels, my colour choices are much bolder and intense than they ever used to be in transparent watercolour. One medium definitely influences the other.