24th and St. JosephPosted: January 2, 2017
With a little time on my hands before my new semester starts, I am painting in a larger format and trying out some new (for me) paper stock. A few months ago I bought a sheet of Schut-Noblesse watercolour paper from Holland and thought I’d give it a try today. This scene in Lachine is one I sketched quickly in pencil on site this morning, took some reference shots and then painted a larger format (half sheet 15″ x 22″) in my studio in the afternoon. What a luxury it is to have a full day to paint!
I’d love to hear from anyone who has tried this paper. The 140lb cold-pressed surface is quite nice to the touch, but is different than what I’m used to when you paint on it —it reacts almost like a hot-press paper. Even with a fully loaded brush, the washes get absorbed and dry quite quickly, so it’s almost impossible to go back into the puddle with more pigment, or even extend a wash into a new area because there’s almost always a dry edge somewhere. Technical but important details! I probably should have tried out a small sample of the paper before launching into a large painting, right? But once I realized what the paper was like I decided to stick with it and see what happened. I’m not unhappy with the result but I probably won’t buy another sheet, just because I know and love how my usual papers (Arches or Fabriano) react. But if you’ve tried this paper, send me a note and let me know what you think.