Inspiration – part 4

I was writing about “getting my creative juices flowing” by working from Lian Zhen’s video. For the first few projects, I pretty much followed along as best I could with the splattering, blowing and then trying to make that look like something – hopefully like what I was supposed to be painting. As I progressed through the lessons, I used my own references with freehand drawing. Here are two more of my paintings from that video session done in that manner, although the reference for this owl practice is his. The owl painting is in a Bee Paper Super Deluxe 9″x12″ sketchbook while the bison is done on 140# Saunders Waterford cold press watercolor paper, 11″x15″. As do most watercolor artists, I have a large collection of paints in a variety of brands, all of which are artist’s quality paints. The best paintings I’ve done? Hardly! But by this time I was having fun with the processes and, after all, it’s all about practice, practice, practice… How else do we improve?


owl-one used       bison-one used

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4 Responses to Inspiration – part 4

  1. Gail says:

    Really like the background painterly effect which supports the detail of the owl – nice! I am really curious how his techniques would work on illustration board or a smooth wet media board.

  2. jeanne wallace says:

    Elaine, You are inspiring me. I love the looseness and freshness of your paintings. Great job!! J

    • admin says:

      Thanks, Jeanne! I am trying to loosen up-and still not lose the ability to paint photo-realism when it’s called for. That’s why videos and tutorials by painters like Lian Zhen inspire me so much. I think you’ll love the painting I’m working on right now, which I will post, hopefully, in a day or two. Also trying to make sure I don’t lose the transparency of most of the watercolors I use.

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