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Saturday, April 5, 2014

The Lambs and Ramblings about the Paper...

10x7
8x8
Two cute little lambs I painted recently to try out different papers.
Upper one is on Langton cold pressed 140 lb block ( so far my favorite- the granulation and texture look great on it)
The first wash is very smooth and fresh but going over and darken things more than once  is not such a good idea!
The one on the bottom is on Arches cold pressed block-which was very elegant to look at but it might take some more practice to handle pigment over this surface.The color just sat on the paper and was difficult to push around.I am not ruling it out completely but a little disappointed as it was the most expensive of them all!
So far Hahnemuhle is the winner for me.This paper has texture and the paint can be pushes around quite a bit before it settles.I work on blocks to avoid stretching.Now I am in process of trying out different series blocks,So far Britannia Matt and Anniversary Series have worked great.
Hahnemuhle is cheaper than the other brands like Arches and Fabrianno.Only flaw would be the color..its not brilliant white but sort of grayish white.

Anyway, besides these small works, I have been working on a larger figurative painting,too.Our Spring exhibition is coming up and I have to submit at least two paintings by next Friday.I hope to work some more this evening!
Have a great weekend, friends.


7 comments:

  1. Though I have not used it, I am told that Arches is very good. But expensive need not necessarily mean good. All depends on your requirement and style. Both the works are fabulous. Happy painting.

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    1. Papers react differently to different techniques.There are some papers that I had rejected earlier but now they work better as my technique has changed.So I guess I need to work some more on it to get better results.Thanks for dropping by!

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  2. I think both pieces are just beautiful and would look great with the two rabbits in a child's room!

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    1. Thank you Sherry..I have been working a lot on these small animals lately, really enjoying myself.Its a plus that people like them,too.

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  3. The lambs are adorable, Arti! As to paper, have you tried Winsor-Newton and Saunders-Waterford. I am working with them now, and quite like them. But I am not sure if they come in blocks.
    Kathryn

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    1. Thanks Kathryn.I have tried W-&N but since it was a loose sheet pad, it buckled with my wet-in-wet technique.I have used Saunders waterford,too and liked it- but you are right; I don't get them in blocks.Still I paint my bigger pieces on Saunders. Stretching doesn't work for me as I work too fast and can not wait to start a piece when inspiration strikes ;) I keep a lot of blocks around and work on three or four of them in a day.Expensive but a lot easier. Happy Painting!

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  4. The painting is really nice! And thanks for sharing about papers...:)

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