ten second q. & a. about art: What is the Provincetown, or White Line, Print?

Laura Shabott

Karl Knaths, Deer on Chocorua, 1934, courtesy Museum of Fine Arts The white line technique transforms the multi-surface system of a Japanese woodcut into a method that is pure Provincetown. A soft pine block is incised with lines to denote shapes. Then, a sheet of paper is registered. Using a rubbing tool, the color transfers from block to paper, creating a unique image. More:

ten second q. and a. about art: What is Gouache?

Laura Shabott

Tags Art, Art for Sale, FAWC, Gouache, Hofmann, Lucky Cat, PAAM, Paintings, Provincetown, SMFA Tufts

Gouache, besides being hard to spell, is a pigment mixed with a binder worked with water which dries quickly and flat. A painter can layer it using hard edges or romantic swirls. It is a good medium for color studies, graphics, paintings on heavy lush paper. Color choices will dry slightly lighter and with a chalky finish. "Lucky Cat" has a depth created from the layers underneath. This painting is part of "Precious Objects," an  ongoing series of 30 x 22 inch gouaches on cotton rag paper about possessions.