Monthly Archives: January 2010

Bordeaux

When I showed this sketch to my husband he said it reminded him of a house in Bordeaux France. The more I look at it the more I agree with him. This started out as an experiment using washes and my Sai brush pens but the final theme was an accident. This is a great thing about the creative process, you never where the journey will take you.

Cheers!
Bordeaux

Splattered Lotus on Two Papers

What fun — I decided to try a new technique with my Chinese Brush Painting – splatters. The first painting was done on double shuen paper (absorbent) and the second was Yupo® paper which is a synthetic paper (non-absorbent). I tried this technique on the Yupo because I remembered how crazy it behaves with paints and figured the splatters would be an interesting test.

Armed with a really big wet (dripping wet) bamboo brush I made splatters for the dark lotus leaves. When the dark ink had dried a little I did the same thing with lighter ink for the background leaves. Only when the leaves were fairly dry did I then go back in and add the flower, stems, veins, and dots.

The Yupo painting has a much brighter, saturated look but the double shuen one has a more classical ink painting feel which I like better. Let me know what you think!

Cheers!
Lotus on double shuen  Lotus on Yupo

Old Branch New Paper

I am experimenting with a new kind of paper for my Chinese Brush Painting – Double Shuen. I have 3 sheets (27″ x 53″), one of which I have cut into smaller pieces so I can “play”. I like the idea of an old branch that has just a small set of leaves left. The branch was done with a dry Mountain Horse brush and the twigs and leaves were painted with a small detail brush. I like the way the dry brush skipped over the paper creating the “flying white” parts which helped simulate bark. The long dots (leaves) were done with a wet brush and they spread more than I thought — this paper is quite absorbent!

Cheers!
Old Branch

Winter

For me it’s officially winter when I have to wear my heavy boots and that event happened just a few days ago. My latest sketch attempts to capture winter’s feel without using snow. This was done with my Akashiya Sai brush pens on watercolor paper. The character in the lower left is appropriately the word winter.

Cheers!
Winter