Image size 15" x 8"
Watercolor and Acrylic
This is painted on a piece of 140# hot press Arches paper. As soon as I began wetting the paper, I could see that it had problems with the sizing. That seems to be an ongoing problem with the paper that I have. I have purchased some new Arches paper for projects that involved a lot of drawing where I don't want any surprises with how the paper will react, but I've come to expect most of the paper that I have stored will have problems with the sizing so I'm keeping a lot of matte medium on hand so I can seal the paper when I have this problem.
I'm sure that I've had this paper for at least 10 years because I don't typically buy hot press paper. I find it hard to work on since I like to paint with many glazing layers. The previous layers tend to lift on hot press, which is really frustrating.
Of course, when I seal the paper with matte medium, the paint layers lift even easier. In this painting, I painted the background and initial base colors of the pear with watercolor. Since I wasn't doing additional layers on the sky, the watercolor was fine. For the pear, the watercolor was lifting way too much so I carefully painted a layer of matte medium over the watercolor and painted the rest of the layers in acrylic. There's always a way to make things work, which is a fun challenge.