Painting Kuching in Watercolour

Bad Purchases!

Posted on: 07/09/2011

I bought this new Italian paper by Cartiera Magnani because it was slightly cheaper than the Fabriano and the packing looks really classy. See,

“Dal 1404, Portofino Acquerello, 100% cotone, satinato” etc. etc. But, my washes refused to flow, the pigment sank right into the fibres and could not be shifted…..it was like traditional Chinese rice paper for ink painting.

At the same time, I also bought some new paints made in Korea “ShinHan Premium” in the primary colours of Permanent Yellow, Permanent Rose and Peacock Blue in cheap, generous 15ml. tubes, but alas! only to find that the pigments used were thick, opaque and staining!

What else to do, but splash the paint on – here is a famous scene from Chinese opera, General Guan Yu of Shu. setting out to face the enemy alone in the battle of Jingzhou. I’m following his example – salvaging a unfavourable situation!

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E.LIM


A rank amateur self-taught watercolour artist

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