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Paper Makes a BIG Difference

Provencial Pumpkins on Yupo by Judy Schroeder

Two paintings of the same subject, painted on paper with watercolor yielded completely different results. One was painted on yupo, a plastic originally created for signage. It’s non absorbent nature makes the paint sit on the surface and makes for juicy washes. The other was created by pasting bits of watercolor stained rice paper onto the page. The painting is tied together by painting with watercolors and gouache. Until that last step is done, the image is at best, fuzzy.

I like to use favorite subject matter in different ways and these examples are only two of so many other ways to work. Since I prefer to paint on location and because I have a gallery to run, these exercises make me content to explore in the studio.

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