Colleen Maloney | Oh My Gouache

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First Thursday Opening Reception: July 1, 5-8pm
Meet the Artists: Saturday, July 10, 11am-4pm

When I was in college, gouache* paint was a workhorse for my graphic design assignments. From color studies to posters, it served as the only water-based medium with a matte finish. If mixed to the consistency of heavy cream, a little went a long way. I pushed it around, covering a large area with the boldest of opaque colors.

Unforeseen back then was that in 2021 I’d return to that simple medium. During the pandemic I required non-toxic materials for my makeshift studio–the living room and dining area. Gouache was not messy, dried quickly and wasn’t conducive to indecisive brushstrokes.

Over the years my art became increasingly complicated as I gained experience and continued to learn. But I often yearned for the straightforward solutions I embraced in college. Hoping to recapture the way I felt when doing those assignments, the Oh My Gouache series combines cropped imagery and a limited palette with some of the unbridled joy I had as a student. For this exhibit, I kept my work simple and intuitive. Gouache demanded that I discard my over-thinking ways. Spontaneity was my goal. In the end I rediscovered that less really can be more (fun).

*gouache- pronounced gwash

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Coleen Maloney