The Hen that Disappeared and then Came Back

Jacki Stokes

Sidmouth, United Kingdom

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This was such a funny one to paint – unbelievable really. I did a really good painting, which I was very pleased with. I left it lying flat on the table, and went away to make a cup of coffee while it dried (like you do – although you really shouldn’t). When I came back to it the painting had gone: no the cat hadn’t eaten it or anything like that – the paper was still there, but the paint had soaked straight into the paper leaving a pale ghost of it’s former self! Unbelievable!

I’d never used this paper before – it’s beautiful quality Two Rivers Paper (made here in Somerset) and it’s very thick and heavy, very rough, and as I discovered very softly sized. I Googled it and yes apparently this happens – painting’s there one minute and gone the next!

So not to be beaten, I worked with the “ghost” and re-did the painting. Not as successfully as the first time mind you (you should have seen the one that got away?). But I think the “ghost” and the roughness works beautifully with this sort of subject. Would be lovely for trees too, but not sure how it would work with flowers. There’s only one way to find out!
W & N Artist’s quality watercolous on Two Rivers paper.
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