Tim Eden. Undisturbed, 2016. Gouache on paper, 8" x 12"
Tim Eden. Undisturbed, 2016. Gouache on paper, 8″ x 12″

Gouache is an interesting medium that I’ve never had much to do with in the past. The Watts Atelier curriculum sees a phase of gouache painting before any progression on to oils. It is in the gouache phase that a technique called tiling is introduced whereby paint is applied in distinct shapes – or tiles – of pigment, I guess kind of like a mosaic in effect.

Gouache is effectively opaque watercolour but unlike acrylic, it can be re-activated again with water once it has dried. This means that these tiles can be either left as distinct patches, or the adjoining edges can be re-activated and softened to create smoother blends.

I thought this sounded quite interesting so I gave it a crack. For a first shot I was reasonably happy with the end result although I don’t think I quite nailed the ’tiling’ aspect of it so much.

I intend to do a few more of these in the short term, and will revisit regularly as I found it quite a quick and efficient medium to paint with and would be great for small studies and the like.

Tim Eden

Tim Eden is an Adelaide based figurative artist who paints mainly in oil. The principle theme throughout Tim’s art focuses on our existence and shared connectedness within a universe of energy. Tim’s work has been described as thought provoking and emotive.

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