The Ghost Bride. Acryla gouache & watercolor. 14″ x 10″.
A tribute to Yangsze Choo's novel The Ghost Bride: part fantasy, part historical novel, part murder mystery, with a dose of Chinese mythology. I love that book.
For this piece, I spent time studying Chinese landscape paintings to see how they portrayed mountains, mist, and fog. While I did not strictly imitate that style, I wanted that flavor infusing the painting. I also wanted to paint a more epic landscape with acryla gouache than I have yet attempted since making the switch from watercolors.
I began with a watercolor underpainting. My acryla gouache palette is still limited, and there are a range of earthy greens that I can only find in watercolor. The wedding robe's vivid reds took many, many layers of paint. Every time I've tried to paint true red before (with watercolors) I chickened out and got pink. There's something intimidating about painting true red, perhaps because it's so saturated, so intense, and nearly impossible to cover up if the color goes wrong.
I think I got it right this time.