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.