Playing with some new substrates

I have been playing with two new (to me) substrates by Ampersand: Pastelbord and Aquabord.

Aquabord is fibre board coated with an absorbent clay. The great selling point is that one can create a watercolour painting on the board, coat it with fixative and a spray artist’s quality finish and then display the watercolour without the need for a glass covering. I played with some 5 in x 5 in boards and then launched an ambitious work of  white-on-white peonies on a 20 in x 24 in board. WAY TOO AMBITIOUS. The clay surface is not nearly as absorbent as watercolour paper and the pigments lift off all too easily. I have put it aside to take some deep breaths and let frustrations fade. I still like the concept of creating a very delicate watercolour that will not need to be glazed…

Pastelbord was developed for dry pastels. It is coated with a sanded acrylic layer. It is a very aggressive surface for coloured pencils. In the interest of creating a little demonstration (for our exhibit of pencil work) of using a sanded surface with coloured pencils, I drew this water lily on a 5 in x 7 in dark grey board.

Water lily on tinted sanded board, 2012. Trish M Murphy

Garden Tour Art Show

This comin Sunday, June 10th, for the second year, I will be joining Liz Tudor in showing art work at the Parkdale Horticultural Society Garden Tour. This year the garden tour headquarters is the church at 404 Willard Avenue (near Jane and Annette), Toronto.

Liz and I will be exhibiting a variety of botanical and flower art: some big pieces, many small and inexpensive flower studies. If you are in the vicinity, please plan to visit our botanical art pavilion on the church grounds. (Inside the church if the weather is inclement.)

Parrot tulips

Lily-flowered tulips

Examples of the small drawings of spring flowers I will have for sale at the Parkdale Hort. Society Garden Tour Art Sale.