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boathouse at smith lake, washington park, denver, co | by mike thomas
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boathouse at smith lake, washington park, denver, co

I went to check out Jerry's Artorama today, in Englewood, CO. The store was pretty nice, and the prices were good. I only bought a few small things, one of which was a 6x12" Strathmore watercolor pad. I liked the really wide format.


Since I was fairly nearby, I thought I'd try the paper out in Washington Park. I've been meaning to paint the boathouse and so that was my subject. Well, I tell you, every time I try a paper other than Arches it impresses on me how much I prefer Arches. This Strathmore paper handles much like Canson, "The Langton", and others that are too absorbent (at least I think that's the problem). I couldn't drop in additional color without causing cauliflowers on this paper, no matter how quickly I worked. To me that says the color is drying too quickly, but is that because the paper is too absorbent, or not absorbent enough? I know it's a matter of sizing, but I don't know which is causing me the trouble.


Anyway, I'm still pretty happy with the results, especially because it was gusting up to 30mph today.


Marker and a mix of artist's watercolor in a 6x12" Strathmore watercolor pad.

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Taken on June 8, 2008