August 10, 2017. If you like to watercolor (or you know someone who does), this is an interesting paper: SAA Yupo Paper. Dave got me some as a gift a while back, because he heard from a friend about it. It’s labeled as watercolor paper, but it’s a different kind of surface, one that produces marbling of the paint and doesn’t absorb the paint for many hours. The paint can be wiped up or gently dabbed up with a paper towel after it is applied, which is how I made the texture on the turtle. And the brushstrokes become highly visible. This paper isn’t for every project, but it’s interesting to try for an underwater scene.
Also, I’m grateful that NOAA and government photos in general are free to use. The reference photo for this painting is by Andy Bruckner. http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/…/green_bruckner_hires_noaa.jpg