|'Winter Jewel' 5x7 pastel on LaCarte ©Karen Margulis|
|'Winter Red' 5x7 pastel on Wallis paper $45 Etsy|
- I enjoyed working on the warm middle toned surface of both the Wallis and LaCarte. I don't usually do an underpainting for animals so the paper color works well when it peeks through in spots.
- I found that the LaCarte grabbed the pastel and seemed to hold it in place while the Wallis was a bit more 'slippery' This translated to a feeling of more control on the LaCarte. This control is helpful when you want to get tighter details like feathers and fur.
- Both of these papers will hold many layers of pastel and while I didn't do a test I would give the edge to Wallis. However for my paintings today I was most interested in getting a quick impression of the Cardinal in the snow so I wasn't interested in building up a lot of layers. Both papers allowed me to achieve this goal.
In conclusion, I enjoy Wallis Belgian Mist for landscape studies. I like to use it when I don't want to do an underpainting. It is perfect for plein air field studies. I have been out of this paper for awhile and just got my order so I will look forward to using it. This exercise reminded me how much I enjoy LaCarte and that I need to order more soon!
If you would like to read a detailed review of LaCarte see my post here:http://kemstudios.blogspot.com/2012/02/great-surface-for-animal-paintings-my.html