Report from the summer house, #1

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I usually spend a little time at the family summer house up North during the summers, and always try to do a bit of drawing or painting while I´m there. This year I found an old pad of Cartiera Magnani watercolour paper there and decided to try it out.

Inspired by all the colour splashing friends that I met during the Urban sketchers symposium in Barcelona this summer (check out Paul´s and TIA´s work, for example), I started by splashing paint on the paper before beginning to draw. Only to discover that this paper is kind of tricky to work on – any paint that goes on, stays on. You can´t really lift anything off or soften any edges afterwards. Adding another layer of paint will not dissolve the previous layers, as it often happens on other papers.  So once the drawing was done, I had to add a LOT of paint to actually make some contrast in the images, and ended up with some quite bold colour choices. At first, I was kind of annoyed at how the paints behaved, but in the end, I think the results turned out pretty well.

Stay tuned for more of these…

20 x 20 cm, GEO College Pigment liner and watercolours on Cartiera Magnani cold pressed watercolour paper.

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