Today on my bike ride I stopped by the gazebo at the front gate and painted a small (5×7) watercolor of the marsh there.
Gate Marsh – 5×7 – watercolor plein air
I used Fabriano hot pressed 140 lb. paper and not very many colors. Manganese blue, Quinacridone gold, Quinicradone sienna and green gold – all Daniel Smith.
Sort of an abstract, scribbled sketch. 🙂
The Mokie Chronicles – No. 17 – Happy Birthday Mokie!!!
Birthday Mokie – Tangie, Vinney, Mokie, Cooper, and Andy the puppy – watercolor and ink
A sure sign of spring here in FL are baby cranes. Saw this mom and baby a few days ago on my bike ride.
Spring Cranes – watercolor
The Mokie Chronicles – No. 16 – The Easter Mokie!
The Easter Mokie – watercolor, ink
Following up on my post about the reed pen, laid paper is what Van Gogh used for many of his drawings. The only laid paper that I’ve tried are a “business” paper that is actually found in an office supply store and a sketch paper made by Arches.
Here is a good article on paper:
Laid paper has a screen texture from the process used to make it. Here is a close up:
laid paper texture
(If you google images of laid paper you might get a clearer picture.)
Finch on Southworth paper – micron pen
Finch on Arches paper – reed pen
Both papers were nice to work on, but the pen did glide smoothly on the Southworth paper, a watermarked stationery and there was some drag on the Arches paper.
Southworth, Antique Laid, business paper, 24 lb. – ivory – 25% cotton, watermarked.
Arches Laid Paper – sketch – (Ingres) – 70 lb. – 75% cotton