Thursday, January 9, 2014

Jan. 9: Clark's Ranch

Clark's Ranch from a personal photo reference
9 x 12 on Arches canvas paper
I recently purchased a package of Arches Canvas Paper to try out.  I am pleasantly surprised with the surface texture of the papers surface.  It is almost like regular canvas, but with a little more 'drag'.  I did not tint the paper first, but I will try that tomorrow.  It is early to say this, but I really like the paper.  I have gessoed watercolor paper and painted with oils, which is hands down, not as nice.
This location is in Colorado, near Salida.  I was fortunate to have the opportunity to paint with a local group of plein air painters that meet weekly.  The particular day I took this photograph, Joshua Been was with the group.  I didn't know who he was at the time, but later took a couple of great workshops with him in Salida.  I must say, from a retired art teacher's point of view, he is one of the best teachers I have ever had.  I highly recommend his workshops.  He is a very generous instructor that gives the workshop 200% of his attention.  I probably learned more in those two workshops than 6 years of college.  I'm just saying….well worth your time and money to take a workshop with Joshua Been.  (And no I don't get a free workshop or painting for endorsing him!)

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