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Building on last month's project, we're going to continue working with opaque colors only, this time for a portrait or self-portrait. Read project instructions...

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February 17, 2013 at 5:37 am
(1) Yover says:

You write: “not to forget glazings with opaque colors”. For me, it’s a bit cheating for the project, when we use glazings with opaque colors, don’t you think this is exactly the same result if we directly use transparent oil pigments first instead of opaque colors?

It’s nearly impossible to do glazings with gouache, except if we mix both watercolor and gouache. That’s why I will use only gouache fo the new project .
Perhaps it will be a perileous adventure. Why not?
Among Masters using gouache, Georges Rouault is an example I will follow here, because I like the strong and religious expressionism of his works ( okay, he is French, but it doesn’t matter for me in relation to this case (lol)) .

February 17, 2013 at 5:48 am
(2) About.com Guide to Painting says:

It is cheating, somewhat, but I want to encourage people to explore the difference in working with thin layers of opaque colors rather than transparent.. In the hands of someone skilled, like yourself, glazing with an opaque color is delicately done, building up layered colours successfully. But it does hide more of what’s beneath than transparent colours, and takes practise to do well. It’s all too easy to go in with too much paint and block what’s underneath!

Georges Rouault <Thanks for highlighting his work. I'm going to add him to the project instructions as a suggestion.

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