I am in awe…. I have started painting in a new stechbook which is handmade by Larolan in Sintra, Portugal. It cost me 28$ (Cdn) including the shipping, and it is wonderful (no import fees). The watercolour glides on the paper and the paper stays flat, even if I put alot of water. This has to be one of the best papers that I have ever painted on (it is very close to the Stillman & Birn paper). I am ordering 2 more today. For this painting I used two main colours, Payne’s Grey and New Gambodge with just a bit of Burnt Umber (for the tree trunks). Payne’s Grey is an autumnal colour in my view as it has alot of intensity and can be diluted to a very weak blue to a very strong dark blue, and I think that it will be good for the upcoming winter season that we are looking forward to.
This house is next door to la Boulangerie Paradis which resides on St. Jean-Baptiste street in Rigaud, which is the main commercial street that saw the first telephone poles coming up in 1911, the first telephone in 1901 and the first oil lamps were hung on street wires in 1892.
Cette maison est juste à côté de la Boulangerie Paradis, rue St-Jean-Baptiste à Rigaud. Cette rue est l’artère commerciale de la ville depuis bien longtemps. Je me suis achetée un nouveau carnet d’aquarelle de Sintra au Portugal et le papier est merveilleux. L’aquarelle glisse et danse et le paper ne courbe pas. Je m’en commande trois autres aujourd’hui.
Watercolours: Winsor & Newton / Daniel Smith
Fountain Pan: Carbon Pen with Carbon Ink