Monday, October 5, 2009

Big Sur.

Watercolour. Moleskine Sketchbook. 2009.


paintopolis said...

great paintings Luc -- I really love your watercolors. Also, you're painting in one of my favorite places in California. Can't get enough of Big Sur. -- Kevin

Luc Desmarchelier said...

Hi Kevin,
Yes, Big Sur is an inspiring place and a fitting final destination for this little sketchbook. You'll be happy to know that I've also been fooling around with oil lately.

Erik Melander said...

I've heard some complaints that Moleskin sketchbooks don't handle watercolor well but that is not apparent from these pages.

Luc Desmarchelier said...

Hi Erik,
Actually, that's right. The paper of these sketchbooks is a little waxy as is evident in some of the older sketches in the series (see the skies of the earlier works). I got around this problem subsequently by washing the blank page with a wet sponge and then letting it dry again before I started working. This got rid of the waxy top layer of the paper and allowed the washes to take. Unfortunately it also sometimes caused the paint to bleed right through forcing me to often skip pages between paintings.