A quick little update tonight... almost finished the bird and working on the wood stick he is sitting on. I'm having some difficulties with my scanner getting a good picture of the painting so the colours may be off a little below.
Trying some new paper again today, this one isn't as bright white as the last paper I tried, but... it is a nice paper to work with. It has a bit more of a pronounced texture though I think that adds to the character. I tried it many years ago when I was first playing seriously with watercolours but was never able to find it available in Canada after that. I was hoping to try some Twinrocker paper, but haven't been able to find a distributor who ships to Canada.
I've finally finished this one... well, unless I see any little detail that I need to tweak. I'm happy with the subtle detail, but it is that subtle detail that made it very difficult to photograph and scan. I'll try again tomorrow with better light.
I received a few days ago a sample pack of watercolour paper from Garzapapel (www.garzapapel.com) and I just had to give it a try. The paper is advertised as being 100% recycled cotton and archival... to the touch, it is so soft and has the most wonderful texture to it. It didn't take me long to figure out what I wanted to paint on it...