A series of six classes that will study, draw and paint exploring the medium of “gouache”. The subject of our attention will be the azaleas found in the Plant Collections of the Mobile Botanical Gardens. Gouache painting is a watercolor based painting technique that typically allows for a looser style of working as opposed to the more disciplined transparent watercolor technique of botanical art.
The essential difference is the opacity of the paint, which, when applied to paper is completely opaque rather than transparent. It is the opacity of the paint that makes painting on colored paper very appealing and effective. The choice of working on an effective colored paper serves to enhance the subject that you are painting — giving your work added impact and panache. “Gouache” as a painting technique has been in use for several centuries. It was very popular during the Victorian era when modern production techniques made the mass production of paints available to an eager and ever growing consumer audience.
Derek Norman – Educator & Botanical Artist.
About our Instructor –
Derek Norman and his wife, Ursel, are members of MBG and they are new to our Gulf Coast community, having moved here from Chicago. Derek was born, bred and educated in England before he moved to the States. His graphic works, paintings, drawings and botanical works have been exhibited in Europe and America. He has won Gold and Silver Gilt Medals at the Royal Horticultural Society in London and he is represented in many private and permanent collections including the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, Pittsburgh, the Library of Congress, the British Museum and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Florilegium Society.