Further exploration of smooth paper.
Having discovered a new love of Arches smooth paper, I’m working on controlling the pigments on this paper by viewing old paintings that didn’t work and reworking parts of them. Poppies are a subject I’ve worked on a number of times, often from reference photographs of blooms in our garden. This evening I started reworking an old version that had been painted far too timidly on Arches smooth. I’m much more comfortable with letting the pigments go to work on their own now that I have a better idea of how to deal with the smooth paper.
What I didn’t anticipate is how the colours in the shadows would blend and merge into a much lighter mid-toned green when they dried. I know that watercolours get lighter as they dry, and that pigments continue to merge for some time after they’ve been laid on the paper. But this was a dramatic difference.
So much so that I think I’m going to need to add a layer of glaze to the painting to get these lovely rich dark tones back. They do make the petals sing.
All part of the learning process.