Artist Lian Quan Zhen shows you in this video how to introduce Chinese painting techniques into your watercolors to allow you to loosen up and paint more freely. Armed with only watercolor brushes, paper and paints, Lian explains how to use the materials to bring in the strokes and style of Chinese brush painting. After painting a few small studies designed to get you comfortable with the techniques of spraying, blowing, spattering, finger painting and using your brush in new ways, Lian moves on to paint a pair of ducks in a sunset-filled pond combining traditional and Chinese watercolor techniques. Hopefully by the close of this video you’ll be able to create gorgeous, spontaneous pictures, and most of all know how to have fun while you’re painting.
In this short video the artist demonstrates for you how an abstract landscape can be formed in acrylic paint. Using a variety of techniques and different tools, three small islands surrounded by water are formed in a somewhat autumnal color palette. By scraping, dabbing,and reworking you can quickly find yourself with an abstract picture which can have no limits. The beauty of abstract art is of course its ability to be complete personal interpretation and guidelines. Grab your kit and have a go with some of these ideas, you never know what you might be able to conjure up!