I find that a new medium is inspirational. In the past when I am bereft of my usual supports it helps if I move outside my comfort zone and try a new medium. This time the new medium is gouache. Right away I was inspired by an exhibit, “Watercolor, body color” at the Worcester Museum of Art, Worcester, MA. “Body color” is another name for gouache. Gouache is a water medium but unlike transparent watercolor, gouache is opaque, loaded with pigment. I have always used transparent watercolor. Many people use both; a painter using transparent watercolors may resort to gouache to cover up disappointments or to bring back highlights. Then there are many people who use it as a preferred medium and I understand why. The colors are intense and like oil or acrylics can by applied so that one covers another.
The source for “Chamber music at the Garner Museum” was a sketch I made while visiting that museum. The musical ensemble was practicing for a performance later that afternoon. The next morning I used the sketch to compose my painting. I made three versions; I liked this one the best.
My February in Massachusetts is almost over; I return to the Catskills soon.