Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Azaleas (video) and paper tests

It's been a long time since I wrote my last post. But I am back. I have painted quite a lot of paintings since the last time, but not many of them can be categorized as botanical art. They all are just floral paintings. 
But among them there are two botanicals. Both of them depict Azalea flower. I painted them after a long break and I had a lot of fun! Especially when I was painting pink Azalea I felt that this was something that I just love doing - painting in botanical style.

Both of these painting were at the same time tests of new papers. The first one was Moulin du Roy HP. Unfortunately, I have to admit that it was very difficult for me to paint on it. It reminds me Arches Hot Press paper. They are very similar and both very challenging. The biggest problem I had with softening the edges and glazing. While applying another layer I was lifting the previous one, which was quite annoying. Instead of easily softening the edges I was getting blooms all the time. Never again and I don't recommend this paper.

Violet Azalea on Moulin du Roy HP paper
My second Azalea I is painted on Saunders Waterford HP paper. It's magnificent! Finally I have found a good HP paper which comes in blocks. Earlier I was using Fabriano Artistico HP, which in my country comes only in sheets, which I don't like (but I still like Fabriano Artistico). Saunders Waterford is just excellent. Glazing and softening the edges are really easy. This paper keeps colors vivid and bright. I had no problems with it and it became my favourite paper for botanical art now. The only drawback with this paper is that it's slightly more difficult to lift the paint. But it's not impossible. For some it can be drawback, for others not necessarily. I do recommend this paper!

Pink Azalea on Saunders Waterford HP paper
I also made a video while painting the last azalea, so if you like you can watch it below. Enjoy! :)

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