June 24, 2006

night houses


At first when I look out the window after dark, I see very little. A tree half-lit by some entry lights. One or two windows lit and the rest is undifferentiated darkness. But as I keep looking, I begin to see so many colors of dark in the dark outside. And the lights vary from each other as well. The longer I look, the more I see, the more layers of gouache and ink get brushed onto the page.

Posted by EGP at June 24, 2006 12:49 AM

WOW! Elizabeth, this is wonderfully enchanting! I love the way you have brought the diffrent darks to light!

Posted by: Tami at June 24, 2006 3:19 AM

Incredible--beautiful. You are really looking. I love the mystery, and subtlety and vigor.

Posted by: shp at June 24, 2006 10:10 AM

this is spectacular. i have to go look up "gouache." (i'm not a visual artist.) you use it a lot, and i'm always wondering what it is.

Posted by: Christine Kane at June 26, 2006 8:31 AM

Thanks. Gouache is a lot like watercolor, but depending on how much water you use with it, it can vary from transparent to opaque. I like that flexibility - it is also feels more forgiving than watercolor, since it is easier to paint over something when you change your mind about an effect.

Posted by: Elizabeth at June 26, 2006 8:51 AM