There comes a time to learn new things.....
.......by emulating a master. In this case, he's not a classical artist and not considered a master, but you know how these titles are oh so subjective. He's a contemporary artist that uses traditional chinese painting techniques and pushes his paintings of ethereal chinese ladies into the current need for eye candy. And since I live and die for eye candy and am willing to sell my soul just to be able to produce frivolous yet pretty pieces, I picked up his book, studied his women and came out with one of my own.
His name is Hwa San-chiuen and the only thing I was able to find online about him was this [link]
Things I learned:
1. The technique is not that hard to grasp, it's the composition sensibility that I'm afraid is a bit out of reach for me right. I see it, could trace & copy it, but can't really do it on my own yet.
2. Chinese ink, the kind you grind from a "ink cake" into ink, totally rocks. It's waterproof, dilutes nicely and layers perfectly.
3. I have to stop rendering so much in my "normal" pieces. Less is more, not just a cliche.
So, I know what I came out with is absolutely cheesy, but I still like her a lot. An allegory of music I am hoping to submit to the [link]
I think there'll be more to come. 7" x 10" 300g/m2 Cold Press Arches. Again, very noble and patient paper. Chinese ink, watercolors and a tad bit of gouache.