Plugging away at the new project. This is the second attempt, the first try I was using a different type of paper, and my usual technique was NOT working well at all. I hadn’t used that paper in about 15 years or so, Fabriano 300 lb hot press. I have been using Arches 300 lb hot press most recently. The Fabriano is a much softer paper, and has a smoother slicker feel, than the Arches. I used to use this paper exclusively, and I loved it, so I was sure that I could pick right back up using this paper with no problems. Apparently my technique and painting style has indeed changed and progressed( I hope) over the years. Here I thought that I was painting pretty much the same way that I always had. It’s a pleasant surprise to realize that growth is indeed happening when you can’t readily see it yourself.
So, I will try some experimenting with this paper, but for now, I switched back to the Arches to finish this piece.