I’m finding my new enterprise of selling my tiny paintings on eBay to be quite a challenge. I’d like to have 5 to 7 paintings listed at any given time. To accomplish that I need to paint 5 to 7 paintings a week (assuming 7 day listings and that all paintings sell – not happening, but worth planning for!). And that’s been tough. But lots of fun!
For the fox, I didn’t have my order of Holbein Acryla gouache yet, so it’s all Liquitex soft body acrylic.
For the squirrels I used a combinatiion of the two kinds of paint, with the gouache mostly in the flowers. It’s quite opaque – as advertised – and very handy for the light hairs on the squirrels. It’s such a luxury to finally have an opaque white that flows nicely off the brush.
I actually painted the fawn and rabbit before the squirrels and was quite tentative with the gouache – it’s only in the darker tree trunks, the darkest foliage, and the flowers.
As time progresses, my understanding of how these two paints work together will grow and I think I’ll find them to be a winning combination.
I still really like working with transparent paints as I find it easier to get a range of colors with successive transparent overlays. But there are times when those opaques come in so handy. It’s always, at least to me, a pain to preserve the whites, but especially so when working this small (these paintings are 2 1/2″ by 3 1/2″).
By the way, I used Strathmore series 400 Mixed Media paper for all three of these paintings and it’s very smooth to paint on.