I haven't had the chance to get a smaller block of paper for these quick works so, as suggested by a fellow artist and blogger friend Pat, I cut larger paper down to the size I need. The way I paint, the bigger the paper, the bigger I go so I have to pencil in a dot to limit the area.
The paper I am using is Arches. The small notebook was Canson, and I'm noticing a difference. The Arches paper block stays wet longer, not so the Canson notebook pages. I'm also finding that I can't paint as fast with the Arches because it's still wet when I want to add color and then it gets muddy. I have to pay attention. Learning how to use the tools is part of the process, so it's all good.
This is how the painting looks after twenty minutes. It's not exactly how I'd like it to be so later on, if I get the chance, I will go back to clean it up.
|Mid-Morning (c)2010 DST 8x10 Watercolor|