Another One to Add to the Valley Series


on Bockingford 140# cp 11 x 14 inches   

After receiving a new shipment of paper, I wanted to try out Bockingford tinted paper, eggshell to be precise. I ordered only one sheet and I thought I would give this paper a try. At first I was taken back by the blueish appearance of the paper but realized that against the warmth of my washes it really seem to contrast quite nicely. I love the paper! I am not sure if my room was too warm but it seems to me that Bockingford dries faster, I will have to keep an eye on that in the future. No problem because I would keep that in mind and react accordingly. I do believe that I will order it in the future, I am convinced that it will work for me.

The colors used in this painting are: Cerulean Blue, Quin. Red, Cobalt Blue (sky and land) then I used primarily Quin. Gold, Moonstone, Hematite Genuine and Indigo. Daniel Smith watercolors, of course.

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22 thoughts on “Another One to Add to the Valley Series

  1. Beautiful painting Margaret, there is a great feeling of entering a spacious landscape, and I love the value and color combination which is uniquely yours. I can just imagine you must have been holding your breath with some of those strokes that appear so “free and easy” – at least, that is the way it is with me. No pressure – but I can just imagine how much of an impact this very same image will make at a larger size – say 16 x 20″ or perhaps even larger. Life starts at the end of your comfort zone!

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    1. Thank you so much for your comments Fritz. I have been hankering to go big and you probably am that confirmation that I should. You and John have mentioned it and I do have a painting in mind. It is a bit of a project and I will have to slow down and take my time. I like that “Life starts at the end of your comfort zone!” yep! 😉 thanks again!

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      1. Good luck Margaret with going bigger. I am trying it with some abstracts and it is very frustrating at times for me at least. All the problems that exist in a small painting are enlarged when you go bigger! But if your attitude it right and you whistle as you work, I cant see how you can lose by exploring new boundaries. For one, big brushes are needed!

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      2. yes…..big brushes. Right now I am using a 1 1/2 flat on my current painting and I love how I am loosened up and going for it. I am so glad that I love big brushes….thank you for that reminder and also a lot more paint for those mixes. A new learning curve by going bigger, right? 😉


  2. Love this one….I haven’t used Bockingford for a while, although there was a time when I used it a great deal. What was the weight of paper you used? Also was it NOT – HP or Cold Pressed?
    Hope you are enjoying a creative weekend….Janet. 🙂

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    1. This Bockingford was 140# cp. I have yet to use HP Oh which brings up a question I have for you. I have read that Thomas Schaller doesn’t use 300# because he says that it absorbs the color….it knocks back even further. What do you think of this statement? I haven’t really noticed but am puzzled by this, wondering if I am not experienced enough to notice.


    1. Thank you! Surprisingly you don’t really notice it as you work on it and as long as you don’t have it up to a stark white paper to compare. The one I worked on was eggshell and while it is blueish, I cant imagine what the ‘blue’ one would be like, perhaps a bit too blue? But I believe that I will order it and a warm one along with the eggshell again. I think adventuring out with the different tints will be fun. 😉


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