Playing with watercolor on a scrap of Strathmore's 400 Series Bristol paper while listening to Coldplay and doing laundry. (There HAS to be several things going on at once, or I'm not using my time right!) This could become my favorite watercolor "sketch" paper. I called the art supply store and asked if there was a heavier weight Bristol (this does buckle a little) and all they could offer was illustration board at about $18.00 per sheet. Uh, no. This is just fine.
On another note - my favorite pastel artist and workshop instructor, Paul deMarrais has a brand new website that you all should go visit. There's a couple of video interviews with him -- one of him at work, and another of him at his hobby of raising butterflies -- and you will be able to see what a great personality he brings to a workshop. There's also a section with how-to articles in html AND pdf format, so they're easy to download and read in whatever style you prefer. Here you go:
Paul deMarrais Pastels
P.S. Check out the new header! :-) And let me know if it doesn't look right on your computer screen...