So I'm looking out the window and it's raining. The sun is setting behind a blanket of cream-colored cloud producing an ethereal scene of warm browns. It's awe-inspiring-- the kind of art that makes you want to sit down and paint.
Recently, I've been drawing and painting landscapes on colored grounds. I'd never really tried the method until I went to Rome. There, I interned at Roberto Mannino's paper-making studio and came away with lots of papers of all sorts of fiber and color. It was an excellent experience. In studio, I experimented with colored pencil on top of my paper and produced these:
I noticed that the papers took the pencil really well-- the surface felt smooth as I drew, even though the papers felt cold-pressed. I enjoyed seeing how the colored ground of each paper made a cohesive color scheme.