Image size 30" x 22"
I took the reference photos for this painting from our trip to the Vancouver aquarium four years ago and have always loved the brilliance of the oranges and blues and finally decided to try to paint them. I'm not sure that I captured the lighting that made them glow but I'll live with it for awhile and then decide if I need to make any changes.
I used Lanaquarelle paper, and in the past, I remember it being easy to lift paint from but I didn't find that to be the case here. In fact, in the upper left corner, I think the sizing had disintegrated already even though I had just opened the pack of paper so I wasn't able to lift paint at all. There are 10 sheets in the pack so I'm not too happy about the possibility of so many pieces of paper having sizing issues.
I'm getting really tired of holding my breath every time I put paint to paper waiting to see if there is sizing in the paper or not. I have heard that Arches paper company changed its sizing in the past couple of years and many artists don't like it ( my Arches paper is older than that) but I'm wondering if all of these paper companies have changed to a sizing that has a short shelf life.
In the case of the Arches paper, I heard that there were environmental issues with the old sizing and that was the reason for the change. I've been told that sizing is a plant based ingredient, so I'm not sure why there were environmental issues. I just know that I'm getting really tired of not having confidence in any of my watercolor paper.