Inspiration – part 2

Inspiration – a subject that is as varied as the methods and minds of artists. So, beyond logging on to Wetcanvas, I have many other ways to find my “muse” after not being actively involved in my art for a time.

I have a nice library of art books, both instruction books and inspiration books. Lian Zhen’s books are some of my favorites. While I have not been fortunate enough to attend one of his workshops, any of his books or videos are wonderful. I love his style; I am pretty much challenged by the methods that he uses with such ease. But challenge is good, as is learning new styles, media or methods.

I have worked from a couple of his videos on www.artistsnetwork.tv, the most recent one is “Watercolor with Lian Quan Zhen: Splashing & Blowing.” This particular video does not incorporate any Chinese painting techniques, just own his watercolor style. He covers several subjects on this video, moving along fairly quickly, so I grabbed sketchbooks, odd pieces of watercolor paper, whatever was handy to try out some of his lessons. Here is my quickly done attempt at his crab painting, painted in a watercolor pad that isn’t really top quality. Not the best result, but the more I worked from the video, the more comfortable I was with the methods. In addition to being challenging, I think it’s a lot of fun to try new styles and I also find it very inspiring!

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2 Responses to Inspiration – part 2

  1. Gail says:

    I like the way he ‘blows’ paint around, but feel a tug of concern when he’s up to his fingers in painting – hope he’s not using anything toxic:-) Your crab is very much in his style! So sad I’m going to miss his workshop!

    • admin says:

      I love both his pouring and his splattering and blowing techniques. But when I see him using his fingers so much I cringe a little. We all know that many of the pigments are at least somewhat toxic, but I’ve also been taught that you shouldn’t use your fingers in your watercolors or even touch the paper any more than necessary because the skin oils can make the paper resistant to the paint.

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