Friday, July 25, 2014

And One More

about 5" x 7" gouache on handmade paper
Today's gouache experiment is from a self portrait of and by Anders Zorn, the Swedish watercolorist and oil painter. (Coincidentally, James Gurney posted about Zorn and his incredible self-confidence or...boastful pride? today. Also coincidentally, I chose an Anders Zorn painting for the cover of my quirky, funny, comic drama "Kismet," photo and link to Amazon up there on the left.)

Again, I started with a piece of the wrinkly, highly textured handmade/homemade recycled paper. The color made me think of this Zorn portrait and I set out to paint my take on it, super-limited "Zorn palette" of el cheapo gouache paints at the ready. Not that he used bottom of the line materials, but he did use a very limited palette of colors.

As the paper color was already the color of Zorn's jacket, I used the surface a la Coles Phillips, the fashion illustrator, who's "fade away girls" decorated countless ads and magazine covers of the early 1900's. 


  1. Wow! These recent gouache paintings are really great! I'm glad to see you give them a try again and the paper texture really adds a nice touch as well.

  2. Thanks, Brian. I think the paper texture--and the way speckles of the background color shine through--have a LOT to do with it. It's a good lesson to expand upon with all types of painting.