Hand warmers, toe warmers, long underwear and rain gear....it was still cold but so worth the little discomfort to be able to stand in front of this scene for an hour.
It is now more than a year from that day. Yesterday I took a workshop in 'gouache resist' from a very talented person with 27 (I think) children's books in print. She has used this technique for many of them with outstanding results. Pierr Morgan's website is HERE and her blog is HERE.
There has been a children's book on the way back burner for a long time but I never found a technique that I wanted to use for it until I saw some of Pierr's work. So I took her one day workshop and played and learned about it.
I've painted with gouache for well over a decade and never heard of 'gouache resist'. Because dry gouache is still water soluble the whole idea seemed bizarre. I had to know more.
After several attempts in the workshop I was searching for something else to do when I spied Cottenwood Down II hanging across the room, leftover from the Friday artwalk. OK. Now realize that this was my first experience with this technique and there are many things not going the way I expected.....but this is what I got using that painting more as an inspiration than a guide:
Not bad. Possibility. Certainly playful.
Here is another from the book idea:
Pretty cool. Check out Pierr's website for more information on the technique and examples of her books.