Original Paintings: Gouache
Gouache (from the Italian guazzo, “water paint, splash”) is a type of paint consisting of pigment suspended in water. Gouache differs from watercolour in that the particles are larger, the ratio of pigment to water is much higher, and the presence of an inert white pigment such as chalk. This makes gouache heavier and more opaque, with greater reflective qualities. “Guazzo” was originally a term applied to the early 16th century practice of applying oil paint over a tempura base. The term was applied to the water media in the 18th century in France, although the technique is considerably older. It was used as early as the 12th century in Islamic art. Gouache dries slightly lighter than it appears when wet, which can make it difficult to match colors over multiple painting sessions. This characteristic, combined with its quick coverage and total hiding power, mean that gouache lends itself to more immediate techniques than watercolour. Very few artists have painted a substantial number of works in gouache, though many famous artists have painted a small number of gouaches.
“From an early age as far back as I can remember fishing has always been part of my life. Growing up in rural Louisiana, my childhood revolved around either going fishing with my Grandpa or going to family fish fries. My family had a lake home where we spent almost every weekend and summer. Even now one of my favorite pastimes is deep sea fishing. St Joe Paper Company hired me to furnish sculptures and paintings of indigenous gulf fish for their restaurant in Watercolors, Florida. This allowed me to start painting and sculpting fish to incorporate into my repertoire, so even though this work is different from my main body of work it still relates to part of who I am.” – Steve Martin