Lane Landry
Pacific Northwest Fine Art

I work in both traditional watercolors and Gouache, and will sometimes even incorporate both medium into a painting in order to take advantage of the unique properties each has to offer. For those who aren't familiar with what Gouache is, it is just another type of watercolor paint consisting of pigment suspended in water. Gouache differs from the more familiar watercolor paint in that the suspended particles are larger, the ratio of pigment to water is much higher, and it has the presence of an inert white pigment such as chalk. This makes gouache heavier and more opaque (less transparent, or see through), with greater reflective qualities. I have found that most folks think of watercolors as more or less splashy, wet on wet paintings that utilizes a series of glazes built upon each other to fluidly render a subject. Gouache on the other hand is usually handled with less water and more of a "dry brush" technique and is seen more in commercial and illustrative art rather than by fine artist.

For you "techies" out there, there is No digital media, photography or computer generated art incorporated into my paintings in any way. I do however use a digital camera to take my reference photos and will sometimes utilize a paint program to "play" with or enhance a photo I plan on referencing for a painting. And, while to some they may look like photographs, upon close inspection you will see that my paintings are in fact just paintings and are done completely by hand. As far as my prints go, limited edition museum quality Giclee prints of my paintings are digital captures and prints of original paintings and have not been manipulated or modified in any way other than color matching to the source. I do on occasion paint directly onto a Giclee print to further enhance it, rendering it once again an original piece of art.

Now that the disclaimer is out of the way, let's get onto the fun stuff. For those of you who are interested, I primarily use Windsor Newton Watercolors and Designers Gouache. For the blackest of blacks I will sometimes throw in some India ink, but sparingly (I tend to get it all over me - I don't know how - maybe it's because I'm "throwing it in"!). I incorporate many of the common "tricks" watercolorist often do such as using salt, Maskoid, scratching, scraping and splattering to achieve certain textures. The paper I use depends upon the piece, but for most work I prefer a 400lb cold press because you can just beat the heck out of it and it holds up nicely (my paintings and I usually go a few rounds before we're done with each other). I have tried working on illustration board but, despite my level of detail, I tend to work too wet and vigorously for the delicate surface - even when using Gouache (I know - go figure).

Finally, because I have always been fascinated with what inspires other artists to paint what they paint (or write what they write or sing what they sing) and how they feel about it afterwards, I have included in each painting's description area a blurb about what inspired me to paint the subject and how I approached the painting (you know, from the left or from the right - just kidding!). As always, thanks again for viewing my art and I hope you enjoy the work.