15" x 22"
watercolor on illustration board
Well, my first painting on illustration board is complete. There are many things I enjoyed in working with this support...
Illustration board is very smooth, and the surface is already prepped to accept wet media such as watercolor. You can use a wet-into-wet technique or a dry into wet, and it also accepts dry on dry. Up to a certain point, if you want to lift color, you can get back to almost pure white. But, be warned that after several attempts to lift color in the same spot, it no longer cooperates so well!
One very tricky thing about this board is that when you lay down the watercolor, it tends to wander from the line you placed it against. Once the color was dry, I had to go back in many places and pull the color back to the boundary lines, hoping it would stay put this time! As well, it is very easy to damage the surface of the board, so you must treat it with care.
A beautiful feature of the Illustration Board is that the colors dry just as you put them on!
With watercolor, the colors dry 30% lighter most of the time, so you always have to be thinking and adjusting for that. With the board, you do not have to worry about it drying lighter at all - and that took a bit of adjusting in my thinking!
This painting is based on a photo I took while in Campbell River, British Columbia, in June of this year. The beaches there are loaded with gorgeous rocks, driftwood - from small pieces to HUGE trees that have been uprooted, and things which have washed up on the shore with the tides. This sea vegetation was so beautifully wound around the rocks that it made the perfect subject for a painting. I have a few other photos I took along the beaches I visited which I may paint this fall.
So - I guess I just admitted that it is fall. Time to reevaluate where I am at and where I am headed as an artist! I have several new things planned for the next few months - but I am just in the planning stages right now. I will let you know more as I have thought things through and begun the new journey's direction.
As always, if you are interested in what Sea Ribbon might be purchased for, either framed or unframed, please contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org