Mixed Up Media

 Les Jardins d'Helene Front Entrance

Les Jardins d'Helene Front Entrance

This painting was painted with watercolor paint. Somehow the red color of the front door bothered me. I repainted and repainted it several times yesterday afternoon. Anyone who says you can't fix mistakes in watercolor painting is mistaken. I lifted off and rubbed out the bright red door several times.  

I paced, I snacked and I had a glass of wine but no solutions came to me about how to finish this painting to some level of satisfaction. I took a book off my shelf by one of my favorite painters who is known for her translucent watercolor glazes. I read that she sometimes uses gouache(opaque water based paint) in the final stages of her paintings. Why, I have a whole drawer filled with tubes of gouache paint. I rushed to the drawer and grabbed the gouache, I mixed, I squirted paint and I tried concocting all kinds of pastels colors of gouache + watercolor.  Pictured here are the results of my endeavor.  Since this painting contains more then one art medium I believe it can be called a "mixed up media" piece.