Ordered some new paints - the ones Christopher Leeper uses that I didn't have in my palette:
Manganese Blue Hue, Permanent Alizarin Crimson and Permanent Brown - all by Daniel Smith.
Also ordered some of the brushes he recommended:
Silver Black Velvet brushes, all rounds and one script liner (like a rigger but a bit more brush in the ferrule). They are soft and smooshy and hold lots of water - I think I'm going to like them.
Waiting for my Arches 300# rough paper to arrive and then I should be able to paint just like Chris - right? ha ha ha Yeah, right! ha ha But I won't have an excuse not to practice and try to incorporate his color sense and style in my landscapes.
Until then, I did start a little painting. Unfortunately, I am using the Multimedia Art Board I got from Cheap Joe's a while back. I think this would work as a surface for the acrylic inks or fluid acrylics but not watercolor, which seems to sit there and dull almost immediately. Or maybe I just don't know the trick to working on this surface with watercolor?
Anyway, here is the 1st and 2nd stage and it's UGLY :(
It seems like the color won't lift at all - it has set into the surface (which is actually slick - but not like YUPO slick). At this point, the only way to save it is to go over it with gouache or acrylics. UGH!
Maybe I'll try some little studies until the 300# rough sheets arrive...
Hope you have a good weekend. We are having frosty, chilly mornings and then up to 65F during the day = SWEET