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Weekend in the City

April 21, 2009

The weather was awesome in the city this weekend! So we went wandering.

We did the wharf on Saturday, but I have to say I can never find anything to paint over there. Ended up down at the Ferry Building.

Then, since that was so much fun, went back into town on Sunday to try my new larger size (12×16″) hot press (smooth) block.

This is the El Capitan theater in the Mission. It’s awesome this building is still around, but it’s sort of cheesy that it’s now a parking garage :) Such is life eh?

So – I’m not sure what to say about the smoother paper.

It seems very suitable to hard edges and better detail. But its harder to control – washes leave ‘pools’ rather than blending. Erik tells me it’s great for gouache, as you can wipe back down to the washes. (Because the paper is less absorbent).

I’ll try that with another one some day.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. April 21, 2009 11:57 AM

    Yeah man! Thanks for the tips!

  2. April 22, 2009 6:53 AM

    Very nice! I really like the painting of El Capitan.

  3. April 26, 2009 5:07 PM

    I specialy like your second sketch for the atmosphere you created.
    Your blog is wonderfull. Your black and white sketches are inspiring. Thanks

  4. May 15, 2009 6:50 PM

    Great stuff, especially love the second one. I am really impressed with the glowy quality of the red building.

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