Ginger flowers

I went to the Botanic Garden last week and took lots of photos. Here’s two paintings of the ginger flowers I did based on the photos I took last week. The one on the left was done on a hot press watercolor paper that I bought recently, and the one on the right is on a 135lb heavy weight paper.

halia
halia

Negative painting

I’ve been borrowing books and DVDs on watercolor painting from the library lately, and got really motivated to practice my watercolor techniques.

I painted the followings after watching the DVD, Painting outside the lines – A positive approach to negative painting by Linda Kemp. You can get the book of the same title on Amazon too.

I’m always intriguied to see negative painting techniques in a painting and have always wanted to learn to do it. Linda makes it seems so easy to follow! She starts by showing us the basic of negative painting, using circles only. This exercise really helps me to understand how negative painting works. She then went on to demonstrate how she works – paint some bold colors as an underpainting, identify shapes using the colors already on it and further develop these shapes by painting around it, then slowly build up the painting layer by layer to achieve the final result. She demonstrated three paintings in the DVD – winter berries, forest, and a landscape scene. I enjoyed watching she paint and how the paintings slowly evolve.

Negative Paintings
Negative Paintings

 

Inspire and Pixlr-o-matic

Been playing with the new iPad, and was having fun with this painting app Inspire and the photo effects app Pixlr-o-matic.

Inspire is quite easy to use, and I really like how the colors can be blended together beautifully. However, the canvas size is too small for the free version, and the image looks kinda blur when you view it on the computer.

Pixlr-o-matic is gotta be one of my favorites. It provides many filters that could drastically change the mood of your photos. I found it equally useful for drawings and paintings.

In this Rabbit King painting, the one at the upper left corner is the original one painted with Inspire using fingers, and the rest are different versions of the same painting created by Pixlr-o-matic.

Rabbit King
Rabbit King

Painting on a leaf

Went for a walk at the Botanic Gardens last weekend and picked up a leaf from the ground to bring home. I did a small painting on it the next day, it looked great when I just finished, but it ‘shrink’ and wrinkle up the next day! I tried to press it down with my sketchbooks but it seems too late, does anyone know how to fix it??

painting on a leaf
painting on a leaf

Telok Ayer Street

After having lunch at the Korean restaurant MANNA on the Telok Ayer Street, I did a quick sketch of its shopfront. I sketched another shop along the street, and the entrance of the mosque inside Nagore Durgha.

Telok Ayer Street
Telok Ayer Street

Nagore Durgha Shrine is located at the intersection of Telok Ayer Street and Boon Tat Street, and this is the view from Boon Tat Street. The architecture is quite unique. I did a quick sketch first before drawing it again on watercolor paper.

Nagore Durgha Shrine
Nagore Durgha Shrine