Monday, May 27, 2013
I love watching them skim the water as the waves are crashing. Even though they are large, clumsy looking birds while on land, they are very graceful in flight. These are brown pelicans, which are prevalent in Mexico on the Pacific side.
This was a challenging painting because of the paper I used. It is a piece of Lanaquarelle 150# watercolor paper that I've had for a very long time. I've never heard that sizing in paper goes away over time but this certainly didn't seem to have any on it. I've used other Lanaquarelle paper that was purchased in the past year and really liked it.
As soon as I put brush to this paper, I knew it was going to be a hard surface for painting. It absorbed the paint immediately like a blotter. I was tempted to throw it out but it was the only paper I had with me (I was out of town) so I continued and eventually enjoying working on it. One of the problems was that the paint kept absorbing into the paper and was pretty pale when it dried. The back of the paper looks like it was painted also because the paint bled through.
I don't think this would ever be a favorite paper but it was interesting to have the paper completely soaked and apply paint and not have it spread. I think working on surfaces that challenge my usual way of working is a good exercise. But...next week I will paint on a less stressful surface. : )
Image Size 11" x 15"