This is the result of several days spent painting tulips in ink and what happened after I turned to watercolors.
I enjoy painting creatures. I would like to do some more studies on this subject to get the tones right and more depth in the background wash.
Another take on the plum blossom. I've been working on composition and simplicity. Endless possibilities.
Plum blossoms in ink for day 8. This is a traditional subject in Chinese brush painting, and one of the four gentlemen representing inner beauty and humble display under adverse conditions as they typically bloom in winter. I choose ink for this painting to express the starkness of the subject and for the simplicity it brings to the composition. This subject lends itself to many learning experiences.
Pink Chinese magnolia is another favorite subject and another opportunity to use ink. Moisture control is the lesson here, and a humbling one.
Yesterday was ink bamboo, today, something more whimsical. These are young bamboo at sunrise. Sometimes a background is what a brush painting needs to gain focus.
Bamboo represents resilience and strength. I almost always choose ink for this subject. This time I wanted a butterfly too. I wet mount my work and for the challenge am mounting almost as soon as they are painted. Nice to see the process happen in a day!
This little painting makes me smile. I decided to use it as a note card design. The paper I use is a very light ecru. It is remarkably difficult to get the color right for the internet, it so easily goes green, blue, red, you name it. If anyone has a remedy, please share!
I enjoy painting lotus, they are so expressive and noble. Needless to say, it is a learning experience every time. This was painted on mulberry paper with Winsor Newton and Sennelier watercolors. More info here.