This topic contains 13 replies, has 9 voices, and was last updated by  AlexK 1 week, 3 days ago.

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    AlexK
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    Marry Christmas everybody! It’s a long story but I’ll share it with you guys. My wife asked me if I wanted to go got a bike ride to white mesa. I thought it was a trap question since we don’t get out much lately with teething baby. I didn’t need to be asked twice. Grabbed bicycle and went to white mesa. It’s a bit of a drive 70-80 miles but the place is very special. The mesa I’ve painted is near by. I took some photos in hope I’ll get to paint it.

    My son gave me a chance to paint and I took it:) I paid for it with lack of sleep though but that’s ok. I didn’t have much hope something decent would come out and painted in moleskin sketchbook. (What a lousy paper ) but painting went better than usual and I should of used real paper but too late now. It has many flaws but was fast and spontaneous which I like. The sky is mostly Prussian blue. I seem to like the color even though it’s greenish.

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    Brian
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    Really nice sketch Alex.

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    Paula
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    12 pts

    Very nice!  I like the loose style of this one.

    Paula

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    Joy Dix
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    Love this one, Alex.  Well Done.

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    mrchirps
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    Lots of movement in this landscape.  Well done.  You are fortunate to live in such a scenic part of America.  So much to paint.

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    Annette
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    Thats a great sketch Alex, especially using moleskin sketchbook paper. i have gone off using it because if you like to use lots of water as i do it doesnt handle that well, so using a dryer paint works better, seems you found a good balance and produced a succesful sketch, well done

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      AlexK
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      Thanks Annette. I can’t wait when my moleskin is out of pages:) I’m surprised to see so many people seem like it.

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    DavidG14
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    Nice painting and the sky is so typical of moleskune. I haven’t used mine in a while but i know its a challenge with the paint not stickng well. What are you using for paints? My recollection is that my Cotman travel set did better than my normal WN professional paints.

    I wonder if there are videos on how to paint in a moleskine?

    the mountains are great. Maybe you’ll post the same painting on real paper along with the sketch so we can see the difference in papers.

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      AlexK
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      You’re absolutely right David! Cotman works better on this paper. I use Prussian blue MGrahm and this pigment is so active as soon as you touch anything wet it runs in with speed of sound 🙂 but cotman is completely different. It’s more like ultramarine blue not so violent and stays where you put it. I really don’t care anymore fore this behavior of some M Graham paints. There quite a few of them being  just so active. Thanks for your input!

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    RandyLouise
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    Super nice Alex. Moleskin paper is awful. But it does keep you fresh because it can’t be worked. It’s ok for color sketching and making notes. Sounds like a lovely day though.

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    AlexK
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    Thanks everybody for friendly visit. It’s good to have you here guys!

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    Brad
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    18 pts

    Lovely painting  well done.  Love they style and love seeing different parts of the world

    Take time to look and make sure you see.

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    Paula
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    There’s someone on Ebay who makes handmade sketchbooks with Arches watercolor paper. They are great! Just search for Watercolor field books. His seller name is ran2424.

    Paula

    • This reply was modified 1 week, 3 days ago by  Paula.
    • #97523 Score: 0

      AlexK
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      Thanks Paula! I just got myself a Christmas present. It’s a Kilimanjaro natural white watercolor sketchbook. 25 sheets of real 140lb cold press paper. Spiral bound. I like it quite a bit. But I think it’s my last one. I just want to stick with my 1/8 imperial. It’s just right size for what I sketch.

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