Gouache Deer

Artwork by L’Adelaide. All rights reserved.

deer gouache + watercolor
Deer in Tree

Gouache + Watercolor, £140 Cold-pressed Lanaquarelle 8″sq.

I see a lot of deer this time of year!

Sophie thinks they’re big enough to warrant a barking barrage. She has them completely believing she’s a formidable opponent!

In order to make progress, there is only nature, and the eye is turned through contact with her.

~Paul Cezanne


13 thoughts on “Gouache Deer

  1. A most strong, vibrant and tender hearted horse. Your paintings always ring with life.

    1. Thank you so much, Gretchen. This was so much fun to paint… and paint… and paint. đŸ™‚

      I seem to never know when to stop!

    1. Thanks so much for visiting and saying hello!

  2. Love your title and your painting!

    1. Thanks, Elena! Coming from your talented self, this means a lot to me. đŸ™‚


  3. Having only my own way of perceiving I often wonder how others see. Perhaps the deer looks this way to other deer. That would be exciting.

    1. Perhaps they do. đŸ˜€
      That’s an interesting thought. I wonder how whales look to each other and penguins. Hoping you’re having a great weekend. xxx

  4. Look at your shall see – love your painting Linda!

  5. camilla wells paynter September 3, 2014 — 8:35 pm

    Hi Linda! Thanks for your comment on Songdog Dreaming. I’ve had to ratchet back my blogging activity lately and have disallowed comments on the posts. I love your recent posts and the “new look” of your blog! Your amazing blue deer (LOVE!!) seemed like the perfect place to address your interest in my blue elk’s armature. He was a total experiment, but I’m happy to share the process. He is made of wire, scrap paper (including newspaper), and masking tape (tons of masking tape–it is surprisingly pliable). The wire (as I learned the hard way) has to be flexible enough to shape, but firm enough to support the piece where it’s bearing the most weight (in my elk’s case, heavier gauge wire for the legs with thinner wire for the body would’ve been the way to go). You can get your wire from the hardware store (or from your shed…scraps of plastic-sheathed copper electrical wire are great) and it’s much less expensive than buying armature wire made for that purpose). The wire forms a rough skeleton, around which I shape the “flesh” of paper/masking tape. Over this, I used strips and bits of an old dropcloth (white sheet originally) and good ol’ GAC-400. One could use papier mache, too, but being Celiac, I don’t (I’ve never tried the cornstarch kind, though). After this, I experimented further by coating the whole thing in a thin layer of Golden fiber paste, which gave it a sort of cool, rough-sculpted look. I tried to highlight this texture by doing the pale blue wash over the dark blue. There is an upper size limit with this method, as determined by the relationship of the flexibility of the wire to the weight of the finished piece, but you could definitely go larger than I did, especially if your animal is on four legs or seated/lying down. I’ve heard of people using only newspaper and masking tape for papier mache and doing pretty big stuff, but I think if you want a lot of weight on top, a thick wire is the way to go. Of course, I used a plywood base, too, but you could omit that if you were a clever architect! đŸ™‚ I’m just fooling around with this stuff myself, so I’ll be curious to see what you come up with. Happy sculpting!

    1. thanks so much for all the info camilla. i’m feeling inspired to give it a go with a deer… we have lots of wire around here but no newspaper. wouldn’t that maybe come thru and stain? i can use newsprint, that’s really cheap and i just bought a new box of it from amazon. i was wondering about the staining if using printed paper/newspaper but maybe the GAC seals it all up. genius on the fiber paste, i thought. i think he’s magnificent. is he your first attempt? it doesn’t sound like it… also thank you on the word about celiac and paper mache as i didn’t know and am gluten sensitive*that means celiac and too chicken/cheap to have the biopsy since the treatment’s the same. đŸ™‚

      so the only wire you use is the electrical type? none other to shape around the thing? so if i am understanding you right, you shape the wires, coat it with your cloth and gac and there you go? wow, that’s lots cheaper (and easier) than the armatures. i’ve priced those but forget it…

      thanks so much… when i’m feeling better, i’m going to give it a try! xox

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