Painted on Fabriano Artistico 140lb watercolour paper

Being a big Lord of the Rings fan I derived even greater pleasure from creating these two paintings that depict the “Shire” and “Gandalf leaving the shire”.

Painted on Arches 140lb cold press watercolour paper







I intend to do at least one if not two more paintings using the theme of the Lord of the Rings as my inspiration and any reference images I can find too. I love the small, round door houses, that the hobbits live in so I think that these will feature more in my next painting.

I am currently experimenting with a watercolour paper that is fairly new to me, Fabriano Artistico 140lb cold press paper. I find that it works well and takes a bit of punishment although lifting out is not at good as on Arches paper I find. Being 100% cotton paper it is very absorbent and handles water differently to Arches too. It seems to stay wet longer so probably absorbs more water than Arches which would tend to point to different amounts of “sizing” on the Fabriano paper. Like everything else it is just a matter of getting used to it’s differences and working within it’s capabilities providing I can remember what they are when I am switching between papers!

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