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Agust sketching 6: A church and a house in le Pescher.

Le Pescher is a quaint little village not far from us…when our daughter got married there in 2012, we all walked to our cars through the little village from the church, past the bassin, filled with enormous fish! My sketching for today was the church where they got married(well, only the tower, since I ran out of paper for the rest!) and a house opposite the pond on the route we walked.

..a house across the large pond, bassin..

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..the little church of Le Pescher..Le Pescher 2

I received 2 sketchbooks from Stillman & Birn and did my first watercolor in the Epsilon S&B sketchbook, 150gms. It is  really too lightweight for my watercolor, but then it isn’t really meant for watercolor, only for drawing with ink and pen. It is very very smooth with no tooth at all, and I don’t even  like it for drawing, for that reason. I like a bit of tooth which grabs a medium, whether it is watercolor or pencil or charcoal or whatever.  But it is still early days and I only got started with the book, so there is still time to get used to the paper.

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One can see the buckling of the paper, which doesn’t bother me too much, but the watercolor makes hard edges and there is no granulation, something I love in watercolor. It is all very flat and smooth. A sketchbook not fit for watercolor, even though I read comments on internet which convinced me to get it for watercolor sketching.Stillman & Birn 3142x2665

What is nice about these books is that it folds open without the spiral in the middle, allowing one to paint across two pages if you want to. But if I compare this book to my Daler Rowney, (satin finish, 160gms)  that I have been doing the latest sketches in, it totally falls short. I personally prefer the Daler Rowney even with the spiral in the middle.

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.. The S&B sketchbook and my brass palette with its 16 colours..

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à demain!

Ronelle

6 responses

  1. Very nice!

    August 6, 2014 at 7:59 pm

  2. I don’t like spiral bindings at all! Things get caught in the wire, (usually my finger nails!) and double-spreads don’t really work. I did make my own at one time, but these days don’t bother. I still have a Moleskin and various half-empty blocks of cartridge and water colour paper.
    I like the church!

    August 6, 2014 at 9:29 pm

  3. Great paintings?

    Have you tried the Daler Ebony hardbound sketchbooks? They are my favourite. No tooth, I prefer smooth paper, but also no spiral :)

    August 6, 2014 at 10:41 pm

  4. barbaralilian

    Thanks for your good advice on other types of sketch books. Can’t say it enough, I’m loving everyone of these August sketches.

    August 7, 2014 at 10:13 am

  5. Moi aussi loving these and the glimpses into your personal favorites..that little brass box is a treasure:)

    August 7, 2014 at 2:49 pm

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