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Old 12-30-2017, 05:59 PM
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More from the winter series

Hey Everyone! Hope you all had a great Christmas and enjoying the holidays.

Here are some more from my winter series. These are all 12x16 on arches cold press. These are all from PMP references.

Senns and mungyos, and I been using a lot of the op blender stick. REally like it for water and makes blending easier. I've been playing around with blending first couple layers and then a not blending for top layers.

Thanks for looking! Happy New Year !!
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Re: More from the winter series

These are all lovely, Rich! The sky in the middle one has a tender quality to it that, for me, is very reminiscent of our mutual hero, Monet. I just love that pink-to-blue you achieve here.

I really like your warm building colors in the first one. Your water is beautiful in #3. I'm reading your comments on using the Senns blending stick with interest (still haven't done much with mine). A very useful tip from you is the trick of using it perhaps more on the bottom layers only, then not the top layers. That surely must help avoid that "slick" look and feel from these OP's.

Glad to see you are still so pleased with that Arches CP paper! I checked my own stash, and only have HP left, but might pick up the CP. Have you given a thought to check out the Arches Oil paper? It is also a 140# cold pressed paper and I'm wondering how similar they actually are.
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Beautiful scenes! It must be awesome to see all the snow in your world.
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Hey Rich -
I like all of them, but especially #1 very much.

I can feel Claude and Sisley around somewhere, lovely and nostalgic.

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Re: More from the winter series

Thanks Terri, Christel and Trier!

I'm using this paper - Arches cold press oil 140lb. I found it in oil painting section at the art supply store. I absolutely love it for oil pastels! Is this what you were referring to Terri? It's awesome. My favorite paper so far that I've tried. I like much more than canson mi-tientes, strathmore's, Fibriano, Sennelier pad that I've also tried.

The texture is perfect for my style, and the weight and thickness is great. There is no bleed thru from the op's like I was getting with the Canson.
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These look beautiful .... something on the cover of a Seasons Greeting card.

Really lovely. I love the way the texture brings out the winter in these scenes.
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Thanks Sonihal! I appreciate your comments.
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Rich - that's it exactly! This is the paper I started off using, only in 9x12 size pads. I bought it on the advice from another hand coloring artist. I started in oil pastels as another hand coloring medium for my B&W photographs, and this paper is excellent to print on - I can lightly print my photos on my Epson photo printer and then hand color with OP's. (Standard photo oils do NOT do well on this paper.) I kind of got away from printing on it, trying to learn how to better sketch instead, and got hooked on OP's in general.

I used to buy large sheets of Arches HP and CP 140 lb watercolor paper and rip them down to size when I was doing Polaroid image transfers and emulsion lifts, gave a nice deckled edge. I wonder now if Arches is kind of re-branding their CP papers for these pads, since the texture and weight really is terrific for oil paints (excluding photo oils). There's no mention of it being a "watercolor" paper per se, but I'm betting it would take watercolors equally well.

I'm so happy you like it! I've been using cheaper papers for awhile now, so as to save $$ while I'm still such a beginner - but I also love the weight and texture of this paper. It takes turpenoid washes, too, without any bleeding through. Very tough stuff.
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Thanks Terri! This paper is the best. I really love how I can see the layers almost like in 3d..I can literally see the layers stack up on each other.
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These are great! Especially the first one with the little town. The subdued tones work great with the orangish tones of the buildings
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Thanks Tali!
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