Monthly Archives: March 2009

Amaryllis

This time I did a sketch of an amaryllis so I could use my largest brush. The sketch came together really quickly — I think it took me longer to mix the paint colors :)

Next time I’ll post the hummingbirds I did (still drying).

Cheers!
Amaryllis

Digital Orchid

While my latest brush paintings dry I thought I’d share a digital sketch of an orchid. I used Painter X with the Sumi-e brush variants to “paint” this. This is the first sumi-e style painting I’ve done with Painter so I’m still learning how the brushes respond – I’d like to try to duplicate the color tipping I can do with my regular brushes in the digital realm. Painter 11 has 3 new real bristle sumi-e variants so that will be fun to check out – maybe that will answer my color question. Until next time…

Cheers!
Chinese Orchid - digital

Chrysanthemum

The chrysanthemum is one of the “Four Gentlemen” in Chinese Brush Painting. From my studies there appears to be two main ways to paint the flower. You can either paint the petals using 2 strokes that are slightly thicker at the top or you can paint each petal as a single curved stoke. As you will see I painted the petals in 2 strokes. In the future I’ll post one using the single stoke in color. I used my large orchid bamboo brush for the painting.

The chrysanthemum represents moral strength and cheerfulness in the face of adversity — personally I just thought it was fun to paint :)

Cheers!
Chrysanthemum in a vase