Sometimes I try small handmade paint companies.
I took a chance on Aussie painter and paintmaker
MatteoGrilliArt handmade paints! and liked his so much I ordered more!
LOOK AT THOSE COLORS!!!!
Intense pigment, beautiful, not as creamy smooth as a manufactured
but smoother than a few handmade I’ve tried — and I am okay with some texture.
☾ ☾ ☾
We are having more fires in the PNW, the air is smokey cinnamon, difficult to breathe.
This is all very sad for me… and this went into my Nostalgie journal.
The moon has looked like it was on fire the last few nights.
I sketched Ganesha in one of my favorite splashy inks, Diamine Ancient Copper ink
(not waterproof) then used De Atramentis Document Brown ink to give some bold shadows, wondering if it might keep the copper ink in place a bit.
NOPE, but the effect was still lovely, when I hit the paper with Grilli’s lovely paint.
Amazing that the Hahnemuhle Nostalgie journal can take a wet juicy wash like this!
I DO clip the corners but still… I was a bit afraid when I looked at the sweet painting
I’d done for Mitchell on the back it’d be a mess, but it was nice and dry.
What the Nostalgie doesn’t do that Hahnemuhle Watercolor journal does beautifully is allow any second coats or moving around of paint… It just is not thick enough!
If you are in Portland and you hear people at the grocery store asking, “Any more Chesters coming?”, it is a heavenly blackberry from Ayers Creek Farm. Sadly, the end of the Chesters was Monday, but I have nibbled them plain and heaven is the word!
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