On Friday night I invited a few of my arty friends over to have a drink with me to show my new studio and to celebrate its completion. It was a wonderful couple of hours and I did have maybe a glass too many but it was a special night. One lovely friend Susan, arrived with a bottle of bubbly and more exciting a beautiful flower from one of her Camellia bushes. This 11" x 15" painting of Camellias I started the following morning. I created it from that single bloom using a new paper I have just purchased. It is Saunders Waterford CP 425gsm in bright white. I started with only the expectation of trying out the new paper and trying to capture the essence of the single bloom. I am pleased with how the colours remained clean and bright and carried on creating more blooms as if on the bush. I am wondering about the freshness of this painting and I think maybe it is the the clean bright white of the paper that has produced this. It could also be that I did not rush as I had to leave it late morning to go to town for a birthday lunch and therefore did not come back to it for nearly 24 hours.So is it my fiddling and hurry to finish pieces that makes them less fresh or is it the new paper, its heavier weight, its brilliant white that has helped???. I will have to get stuck into something else now to try and work this out. Would be pleased to hear your thoughts and experience with bright white paper.