Evolution of a Painting
"Grooming the Centaur" gouache on paper by Marc DeBauch 24"x18" $3,000 ($2,500 unfraned)
People often wonder how a painting is created. Here you can see several steps that were involved in making my most recent painting. First I start with preliminary sketches to flesh out my ideas. Then I traced just the out lines of my sketches and transfered them to the water color paper. I use #300lb cold press water color paper. It needs to be stiff enough to handle many layers of wet goauche.
The under painting consists of colors that I want to show through the thin layers of paint that I will apply over the first paint application. I'm most excited just to get color on the paper, so it's a very messy process. Each time you paint with gouache the underlayers soak through to the top colors. The color you paint is often NOT what you get when it dries. This is why gouache painting can be very difficult. You can easiliy paint over gouache to make changes as long as you remove some of the layers of paint. As you can see, I made many changes from the original sketched figures. Once I have all the colors and anatomy right, I begin to paint in the fine details with tiny brushes. Detail painting is a time consuming process, but it's also very meditative for me. Once finished, I frame the art.