Painting Kuching in Watercolour

Cymbidium

Posted on: 06/01/2010

Big trees are being chopped down in Kuching.
We found this clump of Cymbidium finlaysonii with a 4 foot long flower spike. A friend wanted it for his garden, but not before it made a detour to my house for the weekend, where I stuck it up the gate post, not having a tree available.

I am still thinking about the placement of my name seal. I am getting to be like one of those ancient Chinese scholar painters, slowly stroking their wispy beards as they ponder – bottom left? or right? Is top right too Yang? Centre left too Ying? There is too much movement in the leaves. Bottom near the flower – would it block the painting’s qi? Might not the red seal weaken the red in the flower? Maybe I should paint in the gatepost after all? Maybe a hovering insect on the bottom right – a bee, butterfly or dragonfly?

Why are there no hummingbirds in S.E. Asia?

See, the decision could take months!

Size 14 x 20 inches
Fabriano Artistico Bright White paper 140 lbs
Winsor & Newton, Holbein paints using only the transparent pigments – for the leaves, successive layers of aureolin, alizarin and phthalo blue, raw sienna, burnt sienna and sepia. For the flowers, raw sienna, new gamboge and alizarin.

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E.LIM


A rank amateur self-taught watercolour artist

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