“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together” -Vincent Van Gogh-
When I first started painting 3 years ago, inspiration did not come to me easily. I could only paint what I saw, so landscape painting was my comfort zone. But as I continued painting, random scenes started to pop up in my head even when I was not painting at that very moment. Like today, when I was browsing my facebook, I saw a friend’s profile picture of a doll she sew by herself. Minutes later, that doll began to stroll through field of flowers in my head. I grabbed a pencil and did some sketching and voila she’s here! I guess I have to name her now, am I?
This pink flower is called Otome Tsubaki. Tsubaki is the Japanese name of this kind of flower. Otome means a lady. No need to translate 😀
As my quest to draw & paint people continues, I find out along the way that just painting what you see is good enough for now 🙂 The color and shadow that appear on this sample picture of Genevieve Padalecki are perfect. I just copied what I saw down on paper, drawing and coloring what was there. Then added the flowers that I thought suited her on the side. The result is much better than my wildest expectation! *fist pumps*
From today until the end of the year (only 3 months away—how time flies!), I will be drawing and painting a lot of pictures about Japan. My plan is to create a kind of picture book, with watercolor paintings on Japan. I have a direction in my head but I do not think my mood and my right hand that are mostly responsible for the quality of my drawings will listen to it much. *sighs* This is one of the pictures I will use in the picture book. Kiyomisudera in spring. The waterfall will grant you wishes so make a wish (or two) before drinking. And look who have the new (c) trademark! In red color even!
I need more reference on how to paint Sakura branch with watercolor. Until I can master the skill, please squint your eyes *winks*
I love painting flowers. I’d like to think I am doing fine with all the details/lines on petals and leaves and etc. But once in while, I do not care about details at all and just draw and paint what I see at first or second glance. Like I did with Hana Mitsuki flowers here. It is refreshing and the outcome is not so bad.
I’m going to Japan again this November for work. After about a week in Hiroshima where the workshop will be happening, I will go to visit some friends in Tokyo. I might not be able to go to Kyoto, my favorite place though I bet it will look magical in autumn. But we will meet again someday!
Tsubaki flowers stole the show when I visited Kiyomizu temple on the day Sakura flowers were still sleeping.