A study for a new painting "The Absence of Time" I love beginnings as they are more hopeful that when you get stuck in the inevitable weeds. This is done on one of the few remaining pieces of Twinrocker's cornflower blue handmade paper that I found. Working on really high quality handmade paper is going from a Yugo to a BMW. This paper is pigment dyed and light-fast and will not fade. Mi-Teintes says it is light-fast but it is not. Also the surface is subtle and takes a beating.
Handmade drawing paper used to more common- but these paper makers are dwindling and rare and their output more limited. I am not talking about the novelty paper makers that embed flowers or whatever but high quality artist papers. Twinrocker also makes larger sizes-up to 33" x 48" now only custom. I am having some 30' x 40" Simon's Green Paper made. It is a lovely celadon.