Take a white porcelain swan, gesso it, then paint any which way you want, and ta daaa, Rainbow Swan!
In making and working with my little family of creature models, I have run into a situation: what to name them. More specifically, what do I call them so that when I name the finished piece, I know which one I am referring to. So far I have Pink Deer, Favourite, and Fringy. Hence the name of this piece is Pink Deer with Favourite. And I know just the work I am referring to.
In real life, Pink Deer does in fact have a lot of bright pink on him, and Favourite is just that, my favourite. Because just look at her, such a sweet little face. Sure, there is no mouth or eyebrows or ears, but they are not needed, I think you will agree. When Favourite stares at you with her round unblinking eyes, you'll feel laser-tagged with love.
There is a nice messy pile of paper on my studio floor right now, a pile of brush-y, ink-y paintings in various stages of finished and not finished. I've been playing around with water media as of late, including inks, watered down acrylics, gouache and yes, even watercolour. Reacquainting myself with media that is waterproof and that which is not (india ink I am looking in your direction). That beautiful blue you see above is a serendipitous mix of raw umber and phthalo blue.
The faces you see are from both a pink spotted deer with one googly eye, and the face of a smiling puppet that is vomiting love.
I think, for whatever reason, back in my art school days, I wrote off gouache as a viable medium. Watercolour was the way to go, its transparency being somehow superior to gouaches relative opacity. Poor naive me. Missing out all these years on the thrilling roller coaster that is gouache. I may be exaggerating, but truthfully I didn't realize the colours were so vibrant, or the surface so appealingly matte. Just look at that owl's hot pink outline! Zing!
P.S. Those little pink legs at the top of the image belonged to a hot pink deer. I was cruel and cut the paper clean across it.