Monday, March 19, 2007

Magnolia 10, Exercise

Magnolia 9, Exercise

Magnolia 8, (modified magnolia 1) Exercise

I have some leftover colour in my mixing plate. I scrambled the paper and dipped it into the colour and patted over on an finished painting. I'm interested to see what it comes out.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Sunday, March 4, 2007

Chrysanthemum 3, leaves, brush stroke first, then outline with white

This is the method to do moku brush stroke style leaves.

I started from the big dark ink stroke for the leaves. Then wait a few minutes. When the ink is almost dried, I apply zinc white which is opaque while in the middle of the leave for highlight the vine of the leaves.

The white outline helps viewers to see and understand the direction and shape of the leaves.

chrysanthemum 2, flower, from one petal to a full flower

Here, the illustration with number on top is how I usually I do the chrysanthemum flower.

After the first layer of petal, the flower shape and direction whether facing up or down or left or right is decided. Then add more petals to make the flower full and blossom.

Chrysanthemum 1, flower and bud

I started from the centre of the flower, and continued to add petals in a radiating direction.

I do not try to make each petal the same. They are different in direction, shape, size and wet/dryness.

At the beginning my brush is wetter (however, the fine detail as flower petal, brush is never dripping wet.) As I drew more and more petal, the brush became drier and drier. That made a natural transition of the colour tone.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Another Lotus 6, complete the painting

Paint a lotus bud and a pod to make the painting lively and balanced.

Dab and wash the whole piece with watery green and put stamp to balance the layout.

I put two, one square and small. Another round and big thus create some contrast.

Another Lotus 5, paint leaves and colour petals

Use a large brush loaded with medium dark ink to paint the leaves.

I start from the upper left corner quickly and roughly stroke downward.

The upper right corner is just some unruled random strokes.

Then apply very very very light red on the petal. At the tip of the petal, I dot darker red (just a little bit darker, not too much). The darker red mixes with the lighter and they together go out of their boundary make me feel the air is evaporating and the water is flowing.

Dab some very very very very light green between the flower and leaf

Another Lotus 4, paint stamen and pistil

Now the green is a drier but not completely dried.

Use a fine brush to paint the stamen and pistil. The ink goes out of a little bit. It doesn't matter. Imagine you see this flower from the bank of water pond, you can not see each stamen and pistil.

At the same time, use this dry dark ink brush to dot randomly on stem to show the thorns.

Another Lotus 3, paint a flower bud and stem

Use very light ink to paint the stem, then outline on one side with dry dark ink to make the stem looks crisp and strong. (I can not find the English word, in Chinese we say it "chi", the spirit. Everything we paint should have a spirit.)

Another Lotus 2, put green for the lotus bud

The brush is quite wet so the colour runs out freely and create a watery feeling.

Another Lotus 1, outline the petal

Use a samll brush to outline the petal. The ink is light and the brush is quite dry.

Monday, February 12, 2007

Painting lotus 7, finish the painting

Paint a bud, paint some more leaves, dab some water at the bottom.
Stamp your chop and take a photo.
Thank you for looking.

Painting lotus 6, flower stems

Paint the opaque yellow and the black stems.

Painting lotus 5, white yellow for flower heart

Prepare gamboge yellow and titanium white colour for the flower hearts.
A tiny bit of opaque white makes the yellow brighter.

Painting lotus 4, outline and highlight petals

Now come back to the petals, they are drier but not complete dried.
Use a fine tip samll brush to outline and highlight the petals.

Painting lotus 3, leaf

Leave the petal alone and work on the leaves.

Use a large brush, load with very light ink in the whole body of the brush and then dip in some very dark ink at the tip.

The brush is slanted so as to have a bigger stroke and ink shade gradience.

Painting lotus 2, petals

Each petal is done by one single stroke. The colour runs out and produces a watery effect.

Painting lotus 1, carmine colour

Dilute the carmine colour with wet brush till you get it transparent and runnable.

Step by step lotus, 7, outline lutus buds

Step by step lotus, 6, leaves without outline

These are done by medium and large sized Chinese brush. The leaves are by sheep hair, and the stem by wolf hair.

Step by step lotus, 5, outline flowers

Step by step lotus, 4, outline leaves

Step by step lotus, 3, outline of waterlily

This is a waterlily, done by small outline brush, (water colour size 4)

Step by step lotus, 2, outline exercise

Outline exercise done by an outline brush, equivalent to water colour round tip size 4.

Step by step lotus, 1, the real flower

This is a beautiful water lily I took from Cairns in Queensland of Australia.
However in Chinese painting, we find more often another kind of lotus that has a bud with seeds in it.
This link brings you to more flower pictures.
I do not dare to post other people's picture on my website.

Bamboo joints detail

This is a bamboo branch from one of my student's garden. The name is Buddha's belly bamboo. It has fat and round nodes at the bottom.

At each node, there are one or two small branches. They came out from the opposite side of the bamboo. It looked elegant, balanced and pretty.

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Chinese zodiac characters

Here is the Chinese characters for the zodiac.

This link to more information about it.

My third marbling with oil

I dropped a few drops of conola oil then dropped a few drops of ink and stirred.

I took this photo in the evening so the shinny white is the reflection of the flash.

Oil gave the marbling an interesting effect, but how can I paint on after the oil?

My second marbling paper

After I take out the first piece of marbling paper, I stirred the ink water with a fork, did this second piece of marbling paper. The image is much lighter, vague and blury.
However, it could be a good background to paint on.

My first marbling paper

I put a very thin layer of tap water in a flat bottom tray (15inch diameter), drop 5 drops of Chinese bottled ink, I touched the tray very lightly so the ink water flew naturally a little bit.

I lowered a piece of my "classic" hand towel paper carefully and lifted it up. Turn over the side on top of a kitchen towel to absorb the water. It came out like this.

I would prefer a sharper edge in the marbling. Maybe I should make the water less running by cooking a starchy paste.

However, I'm happy with my first try.

Thursday, February 8, 2007

Chinese character, spring

This is the Chinese character for spring. In Chinese painting, people often
sign by dating only the season instead of the exact date.
Isn't it to mark your creation date by spring?

Chinese zodiac of year 2007, pig

This is the Chinese Character of pig. This year in Chinese zodiac is the year of pig. In China, we use 12 animals to represent each year. Every 12 years, there is a circle.

It starts by mouse, then boar, tigre, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, ram, monkey, rooster, dog and the last pig. This year is the year of pig. From next year, we will circulate all over again.