Day 124: Pink Hibiscus, Chinese Spontaneous Style

Pink Hibiscus (Chinese Spontaneous Style)

Pink Hibiscus (Chinese Spontaneous Style)

We changed subjects again today in our painting class and so we’ve already moved on to colour – this has to be a record, only 3 weeks on ink this term, we must be getting better!

These are our first practice pieces for a picture which contains a pink Hibiscus flower and bud on a branch with leaves, and there’s also a yellow butterfly in the composition. These blossoms are actually on four separate sheets of paper so we can practice the piece in it’s entirety several times over, I’ve just scanned them to combine them.

This is one of my favourite things that we’ve learned in the class so far. I love the vibrant colour and how the grading of the petals is made from loading the brush with graded paint – you actually have the light colour at the base of the brush and darker paint at the tip and paint the shading all in one go, a very clever and efficient way to do it – and very satisfying when it works 🙂