Monthly Archives: June 2009

Crazy Babies

In keeping with fun panda poses, I tried to capture what would happen if panda cubs played together. While they may not be the crazy babies of metal music fame they are mischievous.

Cheers!
Panda Mischief

Stretch!

I thought it would be fun to paint a panda in a fun pose. This little guy is stretching to reach his favorite treat — young, tender bamboo leaves. This was painted with my “happy dot” bamboo brush on a 6×6-inch square of sketch paper.

Cheers!

Stretch!

Cherries

Several of my sketches take virtual existence not only on my blog but also on the computers and web pages of family and friends — this is the most recent one to gain such fame. It was painted with bamboo brushes on rice paper using 2 colors (alizarin crimson and sage green) and ink.

Cheers!
Cherries

Happy Dot

I have nice assortment of bamboo brushes for doing Chinese Brush Paintings. A rather fun bonus about them (in addition to creating such beautiful brushstrokes) is that they have great names. Traditional Western brushes have names like round #4, filbert and rigger, whereas bamboo brushes have names like orchid bamboo, dragon, mountain horse, and happy dot.

The other day I decided to have some fun with the Happy Dot Brush and my small sketchbook. Since the book only accepts light washes I had to keep my brush dry. The result is the plum blossom below. Not only was it fun — how can you not have fun with a brush that has happy in its name — I finally figured out how to get the branches to look the way I wanted.

Cheers!
Happy Dot