I’ve been on a quest, some might say a fools errand, to adapt oil paint to a sketching environment. I’ve talked a bit about this in previous posts but today I want to talk about a new product that could help me towards that goal.
It’s Legion Paper’s new Stonehenge Oil. It’s a paper that resists oil penetrationand looks just like watercolor paper. lts surface texture is very similar to their Stonehenge drawing paper that many of us know for its’ wonderful abilities to handle graphite and colored pencils. This makes it ideal for doing a sketch prior to painting. I find it hard to draw on a canvas-textured surface, particularly when working in sketch-size formats.
It’s sold in standard 20×30 sheets and, rumor has it, will also be available in smaller sizes either as pads or sheets. Anyways, Legion was nice enough to send me a couple 28×21.5cm sample sheets so I could experiment with it as an oil paint sketching medium. I’ll report back “real soon” as it looks like an ideal surface for draw->paint work.