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Self portrait in gouache

Self portrait in gouache

Self portrait in gouache. A few final touches and then the final varnish.

12 thoughts on “Self portrait in gouache

  1. Beautifully done, the colors are warm and very realistic.

  2. Excellent use of gouache. The colors are very realistic and overall an excellent portrait.

    1. Thank you very much. I use gouache as practice and to create studies for affresco painting.

  3. 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.

    1. 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,

      1. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. Strong work and great picturality. I was forgotten how beautiful gouache can be.

  6. 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 Cheers!

  7. Amazing work – what size canvas did you use? Love the highlight on the lower lip!

    1. Thank you! It is small 10cm x 20cm

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