Another trial of the fine linen canvas. This time I stapled it to some cardboard and had a more successful time of it.
I bought some very fine unprimed linen (and some clear gesso) and tried painting on a little scrap of it.
It was pretty hard going as the canvas was neither stretched or pinned to a board. Not completely sold.
In my search for a surface to replace the Winsor & Newton Winton Canvas Paper, I came across a seller of polyester canvas. The surface has the same regular pattern as the Winton but it was unprimed. I had to give it a few good coatings of gesso.
The result was a delightful surface to paint on, it wasn’t expensive and if not for having to gesso it I’d have ordered some more.
Blue tit on Smooth Hot Pressed Watercolour Paper
The fruit of bees is desired by all, and is equally sweet to kings and beggars – Saint Ambrose
Going back quite a few years, there was a documentary on the Baka Pygmies of Cameroon. One of my favourite scenes was when a group of them went deep into the forest looking for honey. And when they found some, wow, it looked so delicious – they ate it all, the honey, the honeycomb and the odd bee!
I quite like the effect of the hexagonal comb cells in this sketch, I think I might use it for a larger painting.