Archive for December, 2012

How and why did the Pen and Ink entered the Art world?

Saturday, December 1st, 2012

How the pen and ink became a part of Art and why? your help is greatly appreciated

Ink painting has been a central part of Chinese painting for thousands of years and its entering into the Western art mainstream has perhaps had something to do with the rising popularity of Chinese art. I guess the use of pen and ink rather than a brush and ink is due to the fact that it requires less skill and is therefore more accessible.

However, having said that artists like Ladfish use pen and ink in a way that draws together traditions of high art and cartooning and many artists are following her lead. The artist’s work can be found at

How do you paint sunset clouds with watercolor?

Saturday, December 1st, 2012

This is the picture I’m painting. I know how to paint white clouds in a blue sky but not dark purple clouds in a sunet. VIdeos and websites would be great!

Clouds help to create the illusion of depth and depending on the type and color of the clouds, can give a painting a sense of season and location. Painting clouds is not always an easy task due to their ungraspable shapes, but the beauty of painting is that each artist can portray them differently.

•Step 1
Study clouds in real life before painting. This will help you to capture them with your paintbrush by understanding their movement and forms. The "Cloudspotter’s Guide," by Gavin Pretor-Pinney is a great reference.

•Step 2
Soften your brushes if at all stiff by resting their tips in water for a few minutes. Create cirrus clouds, also known to many as "mare’s tails," by using long, soft brush strokes. If using dry watercolor paints, wet them. If using wet watercolors, such as Chinese watercolors, then squeeze a dab of blue and white onto a pallet. Mix a small pool of water with a tiny dab of blue and white and create long wispy strokes that curve slightly up at one end as this is usually how these clouds form in real life. Experiment with different intensities of color and several thicknesses of strokes.

•Step 3
Paint altocumulus or cirrocumulus clouds, also known as mackerel sky, by creating multiple short dabs. These clouds tend to make the sky appear as if it’s rippling and also often pick up soft hues such as pink or gold in a sunset. Start by mixing water with white, pink and a tiny dab of blue. Create dabs with the brush in a sideways motion, close together like the scales of a fish. Then as you work your way across the sky let the paint slowly run out, making the brush marks less and less distinct. This creates the effect of the wind pushing away the formation.

•Step 4
Paint cumulus, the puffy, cotton candy clouds, by using a large brush. Fan brushes are useful in this case. Mix a slight amount of pink and blue, creating a soft lavender, and literally think of cotton balls as you make fluffy round strokes with your brush, letting the color pool slightly here and there to create shadows and densities within the clouds.

•Step 5
Highlight or shadow your clouds with different colors. Clouds can reflect many colors; using multiple hues gives the painting a time of day, or even a time of year, and helps to evoke the emotion you wish the painting to convey. More color is more dramatic, but gray clouds, depending on how they are painted, can have their effect, too.

I hope, they help!

Loving greetings.