Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Thursday, February 15, 2007
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.
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
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.
Monday, February 12, 2007
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
This link to more information about it.
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?
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
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.
Wednesday, February 7, 2007
In my first class, I gave students two brushes.
One is a large sheep hair, reletively soft (but harder than the sable hair in water colour painting.) In the picture is a white hair one.
The other one is a medium wolf hair. It has a beautiful bouncing strength. When you press down the brush, it reflects your strength and bounce back. I use it for thin bamboo stick, orchid flower or a freehand outline. You find in this picture the brown hair. My kids (4 and 7 years old), find it fascinating that mom dares to use the hair of the "big grey wolf".