Thursday, 28 July 2011

Paint Party Friday...Purrfectly confused!

Purrfect Bliss!
Well, this summer we've had approximately 7 sunny days (just not all consecutive or even in the same month!). It hasn't stopped the flowers from growing though (although that's more S's domain what with him being a tree surgeon/gardener!) 

These are two more in the Purrfect Nostalgia series. The first is based on a similar one I painted many years ago and which is framed on my parents' bedroom wall (I mentioned it here a while ago).  I drew the outline during our week in the Kerry and then painted it last week.

The second is actually one of the original ones from 1997 which I found lurking in a drawer when I had a long overdue clear out recently.  The colour had faded a lot over the years, but rather than throw it away I decided to give it a fresh lick of paint and recycle it!

Purrfect Petal.
Now, I'm not an expert when it comes to the names of all things arty - the techniques, the proper name for the paints or brushes or even the type of paper so forgive me for making up my own words as I try to describe it - the paper on the Purrfect Bliss painting is Winsor & Newton Cotman cold pressed/not (140lbs/300gsm) and, when I looked at it in the shop, seemed to be the most 'bumpy', for want of the correct term, but it was when I was re-painting the Purrfect Petal cat picture that I realised the paper I use now is very different to the paper I used back then which seems to lend itself much better to watercolour paint and is much more bumpy or textured - so much so that you can still see that texture when the painting is scanned.

If you look at these two paintings maybe you can see what I mean - the bizarre thing is that it is exactly the same weight and type of paper (albeit a different brand - Daler Rowney) so if anyone can explain to me why they look so different I'd be very grateful!

Anyway,  this is my 'bring your own' for this week's Paint Party Friday.  Don't forget to pop over to the blog that Kristin and Eva kindly keep facilitating, to see all the other art bloggers who participate each week.  

36 comments:

  1. thanks Aimee! I'm still in awe of that amazing book you created!

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  2. No I will not make a pun, no way, but these are pussibly the cutest kitties I've ever seen :) Happy PPF!!!!!

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  3. Both pictures are gorgeous, you have captured the kitties so well! Every time I buy a block of water colour paper it seems to be different, too! Valerie

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  4. These are adorable!
    Watercolour paper generally comes in different weights - anything over 140lbs doesn't tend to cockle so much when wet. Then there is smooth, rough and 'not' (which is inbetween smooth and rough). I also find that different brands are very different in texture too. There is one brand where there 'not' is rougher than another brands rough! I suppose it's just a matter of experimenting. I wish that we could get pads of different types and brands of paper! Wouldn't that be a cheaper way of experimenting? :0)

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  5. oh yes. brands do make a difference! when I used to do print making I would only use a particular type of paper by a particular brand for my monotypes. Nothing else ran through and held the paint as well. Happy PPF

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  6. Oh these are gorgeous!! I can just hear the kitten purring :)

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  7. I am a fan of CUTE CATS in art! Love them BOTH! Wishing you an extra fun HAPPY PPF!

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  8. Such lovely paintings. And I love anything cat so it's bound to be cute. :) I have no idea what you're talking about. :)) I am clueless and of no help to you.

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  9. I love your kitty paintings- they are purrrfectly delightful! I was just thinking that I want to do some pieces featuring my cats....
    PPF Hugs,
    Stephanie

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  10. Love your paintings ~ Love your style ~ Happy PPF ~ namaste, Carol ^_^

    Over from PaintParty Friday and here are my blogs ~ Come visit?
    http://www.artmusedogsharethecreativejourney.com/
    http://www.acreativeharbor.com/

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  11. Beautiful cat paintings! Love the light in the top one. Is there actually a kind of watercolor paper as "not"? I'm in the dark here. Thanks for visiting my blog. I do appreciate your kind remarks.

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  12. These are great! They are both so cute!

    I feel so much for you - it must be hard to have such little sun and heat in the summer. I hope some comes your way!

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  13. Aww, adorable kitties!
    And yes, this is by far the rainiest summer I've ever experienced... =__=

    I think it could be as simple as the brands have different procedures when making the papers that the end result are different from one brand to another... Guess one just have to try a bit of everything to see which one likes the best! ^-^

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  14. Hi, hope all is well. I love your beautiful kittie paintings. They are just darling. You are an A-1 painter with excellent work. I don't know anything about the different papers, wish I did though. Take care and have a great weekend.

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  15. I'll have to pass on the paper knowledge..."I know nothing!" So I'm not alone in the development of webbed feet then?! Guess we don't get such lush green countryside for nothing! :) Cute cute pussycats..love the vibrant sunflower too xx

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  16. Your kitty on the doorstep is so very cute. I like the older one as well. Paper differs from weights and manufacturers. So far I've found Winsor and Newton papers to be the best quality. Happy PPF! :-)

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  17. Very cool "purrfect" paintings, Nicola. Every manufacturers papers are very different just because they have their own way of making their coldpress, hotpress and rough papers for watercolor. Just like Reebok sneakers don't look like Nike sneakers. There is a book written about all the different watercolor papers that I have purchased and find absolutely fascinating. It is titled "THE WATERCOLOR ARTIST'S PAPER DIRECTORY". I am exploring different namebrand papers and found that some have less sizing than others and some take layer upon layer while others begin to throw back the pigment much sooner. Each one offers up something for the individual artist's own style and I have gone in search for those I like the best. I require that all my students begin with Arches 140lb coldpress as it is tough, takes layer upon layer and allows for a lot of experimental effects that I want to teach them. Another paper that responds just as well is Saunders Waterford 140 coldpress but it is more expensive and not as available to us in the US ( at least where I live ). So, if I were to try and answer your question, I would have to write a book, here. Someone mentioned above that they would like to try a package of different selections of paper. Here in the US we can order from Cheap Joes packets of watercolor paper of different brands. They are found here: http://www.cheapjoes.com/art-supply/SP2_4840_cheap-joes-watercolor-sample-pack-others-variety-sample-pak.asp Perhaps you could search your art supply resources to see if any in your area sell variety packs. I hope this helps you in your search to try new papers.

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  18. these are absolutely adorable! :-)

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  19. I love cats and I love your cats! I think the best way to find paper you like is to experiment. Years ago I bought a sample packet of different papers from Cheaps Joe's art. It was a good way to find out what I liked best.

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  20. Love both of these - there are so many papers out there it is hard to keep track of what they all are.

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  21. they are adorable!!!
    Paper brands are totally different! You have to find your own. I like Arches. Not always, but usually the pricier the better. I do think the choice of a good paper is really important .

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  22. Adorable kittens! I use Arches 140 or 300lb cold press most of the time. I have experimented with hotpress, coldpress and rough and other brands but always come back to this brand. If I am in a mood for exploring I swap to hot press. I joke around with my students saying I am a snob about paper but you have to estimate results and I think Arches is pretty consistent.

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  23. I have tried 3 times to put a comment on your blog and have been having problems.. I hope you get this one!
    I wanted to say how cute these kitties are! Both of them. I don't know much about the paper. It doesn't really matter to me I paint on anything I can get my hands on.

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  24. I want to play with the first one, such a happy little fellow. The one behind the petal looks shy in a sweet way. :)

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  25. so sweet!! and paper makes a huge difference, doesn't it?

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  26. These paintings are purrfectly adorable (I loved seeing some of the series framed in the other post too)! I'm so glad you've shared these :)

    I'm really glad you didn't toss the one you found while cleaning! Hooray for touch-ups!

    Sending some sunshine your way...

    xo
    Kristin

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  27. The kittens are so cute!
    You can never go by specs from one brand of paper to another, they are just too different, other than weight. One brand's smooth is another's rough.
    It's kind like levels of spiciness in food.

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  28. Geez! Everyone had great advice about the paper. Love it!! SO....what they said. hehe Your cats are totally cute and I love your style. Glad we have PPF!! xoxo

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  29. super sweet and a purrrr-fect pair! Happy PPF

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  30. Sooo loving both of them...that first one makes my heart sing...beautiful work!

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  31. Thank you all so much for the wonderful comments and especially to those of you with so much knowledge about watercolour paper!
    Leslie - thank you for so much information and I will definitely look into it - I think although I like watercolours, I have so much to learn about the application and process!!

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  32. beautiful painting.. she is so adorable! I also love how you recycle the painting you had in your drawer.. it looks good as well! There a lot of watercolor papers.. and the one you bought is the rough one.. the most good paper to use is the cold press which has the medium tooth as they call it. Feel free to explore more and I am sure in due time you'll be used to those:)

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  33. Oh your pussy cats are the purriest of all! Love how timid they are.

    Oh and about the weather, I may be experiencing some of the same soon....moving north soon.... : (

    Annabelle

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  34. oooo Pointy,,,love the kitty katz!!!!

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