Posted on September 29, 2013Self portrait in gouache Self portrait in gouache. A few final touches and then the final varnish. Share this:PrintEmailFacebookTwitterLinkedInGoogleTumblrPinterestLike this:Like Loading... Post navigationPrevious post: GCA SketchesNext post: The Epoch Times Art Speaks Feature 12 thoughts on “Self portrait in gouache” artbylisabelle September 29, 2013 Beautifully done, the colors are warm and very realistic. Loading... Reply artbylisabelle September 29, 2013 Excellent use of gouache. The colors are very realistic and overall an excellent portrait. Loading... Reply Matthew James Collins September 29, 2013 Thank you very much. I use gouache as practice and to create studies for affresco painting. Loading... Reply Diane Lynne Chanako September 29, 2013 Hi Matthew, Wonderful self portrait. Gouache is a great medium, not only as a study I feel, but I can see how easily it would transfer to alfresco. I am not familiar with a varnish for gouache, would you share that information? How large is the alfresco you are painting? Beautiful work. Thank you for sharing. Diane Loading... Reply Matthew James Collins October 6, 2013 Thank you Diane, Since gouache has a matte, porous and delicate film, a varnish serves as a protection. The downside is a glossy varnish changes the refractive quality of the surface slightly changing the colors. It is similar to fixing pastels. A possible solution is using a matte varnish in wax or synthetic. I continuously work on small affresco projects. I will post some in the future. Unfortunately there is not a lot of demand for large affrescos anymore. All the best, Matthew Loading... Reply Amanda Clegg October 11, 2013 Beautiful painting Matthew. Such soulful eyes. I use a wax varnish on my oils. It buffs up lovely. It’s not shiny, but it has a wonderful sheen after buffing. Loading... Cheryl Laumer September 29, 2013 Wonderful expression of feeling and as far as I can tell, an excellent likeness of yourself. I am always amazed when artists like yourself can pack so much feeling and detail into such a small format! Loading... Reply Free Pectoor September 30, 2013 Strong work and great picturality. I was forgotten how beautiful gouache can be. Loading... Reply Matthew James Collins October 6, 2013 Thank you! Loading... Reply kateyaustinart October 17, 2013 Hi there, I really enjoyed looking at your work. I feel like we have similar tastes artistically. Feel free to look at my work at http://www.kateyaustin.com. Cheers! Loading... Reply Renee Plevy May 29, 2014 Amazing work – what size canvas did you use? Love the highlight on the lower lip! Loading... Reply Matthew James Collins May 29, 2014 Thank you! It is small 10cm x 20cm Loading... Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.