Painting Kuching in Watercolour

Selamat Gawai!

Posted on: 17/05/2010

To all my Dayak friends, Selamat Gawai on 1 & 2 June!

This is a painting I did after reading Jim Kosvanec’s book “Transparent Watercolor”. Before reading this book, I did not know the difference between opaque and transparent pigments! In fact I was preferring the opaque colours because it was easier to correct mistakes, but then my washes kept turning to MUD. I followed Mr Kosvanec’s recommendations and used only transparent pigments – perm. rose, alizarin crimson, raw sienna, burnt sienna, new gamboge, cobalt blue, viridian and hookers green. The greys and the black were mixtures of these pigments as well. I was very pleased with the luminous & resplendent colours achieved and have been carefully using transparent pigments ever since. All Winsor & Newton colours on 9″ by 11″ Cotmans coldpressed 140lbs watercolour paper.

My reference photo was an old postcard from my collection of Malaysian national costumes pictures. No photo credit shown on the postcard so if any photographer out there recognizes the picture, let me know!

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E.LIM


A rank amateur self-taught watercolour artist

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