Gary Geraths refers to his technique of using gouache — or opaque watercolor — as “throwing it around.” In part that’s because gouache can be used quickly on location, and in part because the paints are fast-drying and forgiving.
For someone like Californian Gary Geraths, who is passionate about outdoor sports and painting, gouache is an ideal medium. He can take a sketchpad, brushes, and a pan loaded with opaque watercolor whenever he is mountaineering and rock climbing in Europe, Canada, Alaska, and the Western United States. Because gouache is opaque, it doesn’t require the careful build up of transparent colors as in watercolor, nor does it obligate an artist to haul solvents as oil does.
Geraths is a full-time professor at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, involved in the foundation and digital media department, where he teaches figure, animal, and landscape drawing and painting. For more information, visit www.garygerathsart.com.
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