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.
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.)
For this drawing of a tree peony bloom, I used tinted graphite for subtlety and pumped up the pinks and greens with water soluble coloured pencils. This was the first time I have used the tinted graphite and I like it a lot!
I am still working on several other white flowers. They don’t seem to be finishing themselves (darn it). I guess I needed the excitement of working with a new medium to get this drawing finished.