Odette backstage… aka my first time on Arches cold press paper


This might as well be the most difficult and frustrating work I have done so far. It was my first time using cold press Arches paper and it definitely put my skill to the test.

This paper was so absorbent it would suck in my color as soon as the brush touched the surface. Obviously a very good support for painters who like to work a lot of wet on dry (and truly, the effects and textures are amazing), but for someone like me for whom wet on wet is daily bread… this paper was a nightmare.

Yet, it was a very very productive one! I have never learned more on any other piece. Th results are not completely satisfying, but the process of getting here was really fun.

Mixing the colors for the palette

Mixing the palette by Marika Curiale

Palette by Marika Curiale

Work in progress



The focus required for this piece made my daughter take out her camera and documenting my laser sharp grumpiness 🙂

Afternoon in the studio


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