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Interesting, those small quick sketches! May I ask which paper do you use (normal paper you would use for watercolor painting?) and if there is a technical reason why do you use blue paper? Thanks.
Thanks Chani, I had some Arches printmakers paper laying around for about 20 years, so I soaked that in shellac, a method I remember learning even more years ago, but never actually did. The blue you see is tape, I just figured that if I tape the paper to a standard size masonite board, I can carry it in my panel box! After the paint sets up, I peel it off, and have a cleaned edge well inside the paper's edge, but I haven't figured how to frame/display them yet. There is an Arches oil on the market, but I have more of my old stock, so I'll prepare some more, I'm liking this!
Thanks for explaining! Interesting indeed.
Matthew Can you speak about your process? As a painter, I would be interested in hearing about how you set up and work your composition.Thanks, Mike
Thanks for your comment, Mike, I've enjoyed seeing your blog on google + and think highly of your work so I'm honored that you'd ask me about my compositions. When I'm setting up to do a scene, I'm deciding where to "crop" the various elements, so I can balance them against each other, and find where things fall on the rectangle, like the horizon, or a tree or whatever, some of it's by instinct, some of it's avoiding bad things, some is repeating basic formats used by the masters. I really need to do a blog post about this to flesh out the ideas, thanks so much for asking!