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A new chapter in Hong Kong by erwin lian

Abandoning my past successes and distancing myself from the familiar, I recently made a radical decision and moved to Hong Kong. It’s been an interesting chapter so far. Due to the space constraints, I couldn’t bring many art supplies/sketchbooks with me. Most of these recent sketches were made with my Ipad. 

On a positive note, I have finally managed to reconfigure my sleep pattern and resumed hitting the gym at 5.30 am daily.  

 30 Kg was all I can bring. Heavy enough to make me feel the weight of baggages . 

30 Kg was all I can bring. Heavy enough to make me feel the weight of baggages . 

 I moved into a tiny but nice place with a community of friendly people from all around the world. 

I moved into a tiny but nice place with a community of friendly people from all around the world. 

 Jack and Kenny. Two of the many friendly staffs who manage the apartment that I am staying at

Jack and Kenny. Two of the many friendly staffs who manage the apartment that I am staying at

 The passengers I recorded during my commute one day. Many interesting faces in this uber dense city.

The passengers I recorded during my commute one day. Many interesting faces in this uber dense city.

I decided to teach art in a secondary school here in Hong Kong.

 Our principle giving us, the new staffs an opening speech during our induction program

Our principle giving us, the new staffs an opening speech during our induction program

 Induction program continues with more information. HR, Finance, IT, Teaching for Learning .....the whole nine yards...

Induction program continues with more information. HR, Finance, IT, Teaching for Learning .....the whole nine yards...

 Induction program pauses with a school gathering in a Hotel with team bonding activities and tasks. Didn't have an ipad so its down to the hotels' pen and paper. There was a painting competition to draw a sun ...and I rubbed some pigment on the canvas and turned it in. Ha Ha, I won the competition .... duh 

Induction program pauses with a school gathering in a Hotel with team bonding activities and tasks. Didn't have an ipad so its down to the hotels' pen and paper. There was a painting competition to draw a sun ...and I rubbed some pigment on the canvas and turned it in. Ha Ha, I won the competition .... duh 

 Induction program continues

Induction program continues

 More induction program with more information. 

More induction program with more information. 



 


 
 

Sketch Bhutan June 2018 by erwin lian

Last week, in collaboration with Drukasia, I conducted Sketch Bhutan 2018. Similar to last year, participants from Australia and Singapore joined me on an all-inclusive sketching tour to Bhutan. Within 7 days, they learned about sketching and painting on-site while touring Bhutan.

Here are some of my paintings and sketches completed during the workshops:

 Flight to Bhutan via Drukair

Flight to Bhutan via Drukair

 Tiger nest sketch 

Tiger nest sketch 

 Tashichho Dzong, Thimphu

Tashichho Dzong, Thimphu

 Chimi Lhakhang , Punakha

Chimi Lhakhang , Punakha

 Thimphu from Namgay Heritage

Thimphu from Namgay Heritage

 Live drawing of Sangay

Live drawing of Sangay

 Chimi Lhakhang, Punakha (36.5 cm x 24 cm)

Chimi Lhakhang, Punakha (36.5 cm x 24 cm)

 Punakha Dzong, 37.5cm x 21 cm)

Punakha Dzong, 37.5cm x 21 cm)

 Shop houses opposite the post office. (26 cm x 18 cm)

Shop houses opposite the post office. (26 cm x 18 cm)

 Tashichho Dzong 27 cm x 12.5 cm

Tashichho Dzong 27 cm x 12.5 cm

The backstory to Sketch Bhutan:
About three years ago, I spent a month in Bhutan volunteering as an Art coach to various primary schools and organization.

 Taught drawing to Shaba Primary and donated some art supplies to their art club.

Taught drawing to Shaba Primary and donated some art supplies to their art club.

As part of my effort, I rallied a few Bhutanese friends to initiate Thimphu’s Urban Sketchers chapter. Just like that, Urban Sketchers, Thimphu chapter was born =)

 The founding members of Urban Sketchers, Thimphu 

The founding members of Urban Sketchers, Thimphu 

While I enjoyed coaching art to students in Bhutan, one of the things that troubled me extensively was the guilt of influencing others to pick up art where a livelihood may never be realized. When Bhutanese children asked me about the future of being an artist?

 At Shaba Primary, I brought them art supplies and sketchbooks sponsored by Bynd Artisan and a few friends.

At Shaba Primary, I brought them art supplies and sketchbooks sponsored by Bynd Artisan and a few friends.

I cringed and advised them to enjoy sketching merely as a hobby. This episode bugged me for years as I persisted with my hunt for a more sustainable lifestyle in the arts. Sketch Bhutan is one of these initiatives where I bring tourists to Bhutan to not only sketch and tour but also for creating meaningful interactions and exchanges with Bhutanese artists. Members of VAST Bhutan (Voluntary Artists' Studio Thimphu) for instance, are welcome to attend our sketch lessons and a hired Bhutanese Art Instructor, Rajesh, co-teaches with me throughout our sketch and travel experience.

Unlike other sketching experiences that I'd attended, our focus isn’t on the technical competencies in sketching. Rather, I wanted to provide the perfect travel sketch experience where participants can very comfortably sketch and be fully immersed with their environment. Accompanied by a professional tour guide and driver, Sketch Bhutan offers the harmonious ease of an on-location group sketching experience.

Sketch Bhutan 2017

 Sketch Bhutan 2017

Sketch Bhutan 2017

Unlike other sketching experiences that I'd attended, our focus isn’t on the technical competencies in sketching. Rather, I wanted to provide the perfect travel sketch experience where participants can very comfortably sketch and be fully immersed with their environment. Accompanied by a professional tour guide and driver, Sketch Bhutan offers the harmonious ease of an on-location group sketching experience.

Highlights of Sketch Bhutan 2018:
This year, we managed to find a new and wonderful spot to sketch and paint Tashichho Dzong.

 Painting Tashichho Dzong 

Painting Tashichho Dzong 

 Another successful run of portrait drawing at VAST Bhutan

Another successful run of portrait drawing at VAST Bhutan

 Sangay and her friend Tshsten were our beautiful models

Sangay and her friend Tshsten were our beautiful models

Once again, we were very fortunate to have VAST Bhutan host us and invited Sangay and Tschten, to be our models. VAST students were amazingly attentive and time went by so quickly at VAST. 

 The friendly children in Thimphu.

The friendly children in Thimphu.

While sketching the old buildings around Thimphu, a group of children came to us and offered us candies.

 Punakha Dzong. The most beautiful Dzong in Bhutan

Punakha Dzong. The most beautiful Dzong in Bhutan

In Punakha, We switched gears and I taught color theory and the handling of pigment for plein-air watercolor studies. We also visited Bhutan’s most beautiful Dzong, Punakha Dzong and spent our evening painting this iconic fortress.

Of course, we didn’t forget to end our trip without a sketch Bhutan’s most sublime attraction, The Tiger Nest at Paro.

 Phyllis sketching up at Tiger's Nest

Phyllis sketching up at Tiger's Nest

When is the next Sketch Bhutan

As long as there are 4 participants interested? They can register via Drukasia tour agency.
Bhutan’s finest artist, Rajesh will be leading Sketching Bhutan. Rajesh is a co-founder of VAST Bhutan and has extensive experience teaching, sketching and painting on-location.

Contact Drukasia today to request for a sketching tour.

 Rajesh, one of the finest artists in Bhutan will be leading Sketch Bhutan tours. Contact Drukasia to book your next sketching tour. 

Rajesh, one of the finest artists in Bhutan will be leading Sketch Bhutan tours. Contact Drukasia to book your next sketching tour. 

What have I learned or gained from starting Sketching Bhutan?

1st time:

  • Blown away by Bhutan’s pristine landscape and wished I have more time to paint the place.This wish came true when Drukasia bartered the usage of my sketches on their corporate calendar in exchange for a 2 weeks trip to Bhutan
 Paintings featured in Drukasia's calendar

Paintings featured in Drukasia's calendar


2nd time:
Solo painting trip.

  • I gotten to know quite a number people and was given this special cockpit landing experience.Was commissioned by Drukair to do a painting.
  • Participated in a group show with the finest Bhutan Artists in Singapore. 
 Group show with Asha Karma and other VAST artists.

Group show with Asha Karma and other VAST artists.

3rd time:

  • Spent close to 3 weeks teaching and sketching Bhutan.
  • Volunteered to do sketching and painting workshops at Shaba primary, VAST Bhutan and also Thimphu Primary school.
  • Experienced the real local life with local accommodations.
 Teaching basic of drawing at VAST Bhutan

Teaching basic of drawing at VAST Bhutan

  • Help founded Urban Sketchers, Thimphu chapter. The following year, founding members of Urban Sketchers, Thimphu were invited to attend the Urban Sketchers Symposium in Singapore.
 Look for the Bhutanese in the group !

Look for the Bhutanese in the group !

4th time:

  • Collaborated with Drukasia and initiated Sketch Bhutan. Brought 8 special participants to The Kingdom of Bhutan. The whole experience forced me to recognize and come to term with various aspects of running a successful traveling workshop. From cost and preparation of art materials, marketing, to the considerations of logistical arrangements and teaching materials, it was challenging to make these work. The operation needed to be profitable so that it can be sustainable. 
 Sketch Bhutan 2017

Sketch Bhutan 2017

5th time:
Second Sketch Bhutan.

  • Successfully handed Sketch Bhutan to Bhutan artists, Rajesh.
  • Operations will continue with more frequencies!
  • I had plenty of epiphanies throughout these trips but what hit me hard on the 5th trip were our interactions with romance. Often driven by insecurities, many of us like to park our ideals in romance and unconsciously subscribed to delusions.
  • It’s also interesting to note that by doing something for the locals, I am granted this ‘role-reversal’, where I get to experience how it is like to be ‘in control’ and to objectively assess my own predicaments and solutions. The tussle for power, status and pecking order diminishes in the grand scheme of things.  Life is just a dream.

Botanical workshop at Bynd Artisan. by erwin lian

Thank you, everyone, for your tremendous support.

Today is the last day for our watercolor botanical workshop at Bynd Artisan. The basic botanical workshop was conceived two years ago and over the span of these two years, I have learned so much about the arts, commerce, and life. Unknown to many, the workshop was first initiated due to a mistake made during our Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign. Though it is often frowned upon to declare mistakes in businesses, it was perhaps the most worthwhile chapter to share.

 Last few sessions and we worked on Color temperature, color mixing and color theory. 

Last few sessions and we worked on Color temperature, color mixing and color theory. 

The best solutions and opportunities were often uncovered through accidental mistakes and random encounters. The reason is simple. Few would plan for mistakes and hence solutions from these uncalled-for events usually yield the most unique competitive advantages.. 3M's sticky pad, the Sony PlayStation, and many other products shared similar successes.

Background story:
During our Indiegogo campaign, we made a procurement mistake and accidentally ordered hot press instead of cold press paper. Unable to declare such a mistake to our backers, we flew in a new batch of paper from Italy.

 This was the entire stash of hot press paper from Fabriano.

This was the entire stash of hot press paper from Fabriano.

Despite a slight delay, we completed production and fulfilled all orders. Clueless with what we should do with hot press paper, the idea of a botanical workshop was proposed and I took up the challenge of creating teaching materials and started the class. Honestly, I didn't think the workshop would last for more than 2 months. My social media reach was limited and I wasn't confident that these classes could sustain. Thankfully over time, more knew about the workshops and it took off.  There were so many people to thank for this and I would like to give a big shout out to celebrity blogger, Yina Goh, Evonne Ng and all their beautiful blogger friends. They were among the earliest attendees and shared our workshop on their social network. 

 Celebrity Bloggers and their friends: Yina, Evonne, Tricia, Min, Reenie, Jess, Ying and Jeneen 

Celebrity Bloggers and their friends: Yina, Evonne, Tricia, Min, Reenie, Jess, Ying and Jeneen 

 Special thanks to Yina, Evonne and their friends for their support.

Special thanks to Yina, Evonne and their friends for their support.

The Botanical workshop also earned a feature on Time Out magazine and I met quite a number of distinguished guests through these workshops.

Some important things I learned from conducting these workshops:

1) Good work or great workshop won’t sell itself. On numerous occasions, I observed how Bynd Artisan’s sales team grind to get sales. They not only opened doors to invite passer-by to step into the shop, they also put in a lot of effort to introduce their products and our workshops. Talking to strangers, eliciting for their attention and educating them about products is not easy. I was especially moved when I witnessed how they educated customers about our art show. It’s remarkable because Art was so alien to them but they didn’t just leave our work there and gave up.

 I don't know how he does it.  But he is always breaking the ice and striking conversation with customers even when some can be so unfriendly. Sales team matter a lot and the hustle is real.

I don't know how he does it.  But he is always breaking the ice and striking conversation with customers even when some can be so unfriendly. Sales team matter a lot and the hustle is real.


2) For most, skills are secondary because the experience of accomplishing something new within 3 or 4 hours can be a lot more valuable than skills. This is why the workshops went through numerous iterations when I realized that what I taught was not achievable by most within 4 hours.

3) Network = net worth. On so many occasions, I have forgotten about this and regrettably wished that I have crafted more opportunities for participants to know one another. It’s an important element that I needed to integrate into future workshops.

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4) Through these workshops, people recognized my ability to paint botanical work and approached me for commission work. This is so interesting because I have never thought about painting flowers prior to these. I can paint them really well but I have never thought about them.  It’s ironic.

 A commission work painted for a local Bank.

A commission work painted for a local Bank.

5) Fresh flowers are worth it. I am one of those guys who used to think that buying flowers is a waste of money. However, when I painted real flowers, I noticed their differences and realized the importance of having them around.  Flowers are the epitome of life’s fragility and beauty’s impermanence. To put a monetary value to its lifespan is equivalent to a dollar value on one’s beauty and life. Though we technically never needed real flowers for our workshops, I love their presence and the sight of people getting flower is nice. One last reason to why I used real flowers is the fact that I love seeing Mr. Chong packing them back for his wife. It’s really nice to witness these candid act of love.

 A lot more work to prepare real flowers but I think its worth it. 

A lot more work to prepare real flowers but I think its worth it. 

 Mr Chong, master craftman at Bynd Artisan attended our workshop as well :) 

Mr Chong, master craftman at Bynd Artisan attended our workshop as well :) 

Speaking of which, I absolutely love this article written by Alisha Gorder on NYTimes Modern Love:
https://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/15/fashion/one-bouquet-of-fleeting-beauty-please.html

“Why do we send flowers? To make up for what is intangible? Those feelings we can’t hold in our hands and present as a gift to our loved ones? And why is it that the placeholders we choose — the dozen red roses, the fragrant white lilies, the long-stemmed French tulips — are so fleeting? Hold on to them for too long and you end up with a mess of petals, pollen, and foul-smelling water.” – Alisha Gorder

 Some earlier batches where the practise was a little tougher. 

Some earlier batches where the practise was a little tougher. 

This is it. Thank you, everyone, for your continued support. Thank you, Winnie, James, Kenny, Donavan, Grace, Mr. Chong, Corinne, Brandon and the entire team at Bynd Artisan for your years of trust, support, and work.

I will be setting up new sketching experience when I settle into another city.
Farewell , for now.

INTERLACE, A Group Show Featuring The Sketchbooks of 20 Artists by erwin lian

INTERLACE will be closing this weekend, 31 March 2018.
I did a few guided tours in the past few weeks and I just wanted to share some thoughts that went into this sketchbook exhibition

 Guided tour at Bynd Artisan

Guided tour at Bynd Artisan

Special thanks to all participating artists for making INTERLACE, a reality. 
INTERLACE IS A SKETCHBOOK EXHIBITION, showcasing the works of 20 prominent artists who supported The Perfect Sketchbook.

How did this start?
A sketchbook is known to hold an artist’s most intimate ideas and processes. Naturally, with a higher quality sketchbook, I thought it will be a great idea to showcase the works of our best and most influential backers from The Perfect Sketchbook campaign. I also truly believe that only great art can make a sketchbook perfect.  Knowing early on that I couldn’t turn The Perfect Sketchbook project into a sustainable business, I reserved some books after every release and would approach galleries and museums to pitch the idea of a group show. Even with book sponsorships, these galleries, mostly in America, would turn me down. A few informed me that it will not be profitable and I shelved this idea until Winnie, the owner of Bynd Artisan suggested that I hold the show in their retail store. We would be limited by space but the location is great and there would be considerable foot traffic. To mitigate the cost of shipping these books to our Artists, we would sell the last reserved copies (about 50) of The Perfect Sketchbook B5 during the launch of our group show, Interlace. 

Since the art show would feature 20 sketchbooks, we needed to create custom frames that would hold these sketchbooks and at the same time allow for easy page changes. E.g. If the sketchbook has 5 painted spreads; someone must be able to easily remove the sketchbook from the frame, flip to the next page, and reinstall it. 

A more detailed interview to these can be found on James Gurney’s blog at:
http://gurneyjourney.blogspot.sg/2018/03/sketchbook-exhibition-in-singapore.html

Who are these 20 artists?
They are all backers of The Perfect Sketchbook and their complete profiles can be found in this PDF file

James Gurney (http://jamesgurney.com)

 The Perfect Type Writer by James Gurney

The Perfect Type Writer by James Gurney

One of the most prolific plein-air painter in this world. New York Times best-selling author of The Dinotopia Series and author of the book Colors and Lights. I was really fortunate to receive
his support when I first launched The Perfect Sketchbook on Kickstarter. James was generous enough to share my project with his audiences and play a crucial role with success of The Perfect Sketchbook

Nathan Fowkes (http://www.nathanfowkesart.com/)

 Jerusalem by Nathan Fowkes

Jerusalem by Nathan Fowkes

A veteran in the entertainment industry with credits in more than 11 feature films. His work is amazing and I am a fan. Super fortunate to receive his support and was completely over the moon when he agreed to participate in our group show.

Catherine Hamilton (http://mydogoscar.com/birdspot/)

 Purple Gallinules by Catherine Hamilton

Purple Gallinules by Catherine Hamilton

Catherine's exquisite paintings and studies of birds caught my attention. She’s an ambassador for Zeiss and travels around the world studying birds.

Marvin Chew (https://www.marvinchew.com/)

 Shop houses along Kreta Ayer Road by Marvin Chew

Shop houses along Kreta Ayer Road by Marvin Chew

Former vice-president of The Singapore Watercolor Society. Marvin’s work is well known in Singapore and he has been supportive of The Perfect Sketchbook since the first edition.  During our Indiegogo campaign, Marvin shared professional tips on using watercolor.

Don Low (http://www.donlow-illustration.com/)

 Chinatown by Don Low

Chinatown by Don Low

One of the most underrated artist in Singapore who is well versed in just about any medium.


Isabella King (http://isabellakung.com/)

 Crystalized by Isabella Kung

Crystalized by Isabella Kung

An award-winning children book illustrator based in San Francisco.  Talented and helped share The Perfect Sketchbook campaign to people in North Cal.

Jerome Moo (http://jeromemoo.com/)

 Inverlocy Art School by Jerome Moo

Inverlocy Art School by Jerome Moo

I got to know Jerome because he backed the most B5 Sketchbooks and caught my attention. I later learn that he worked at Lucasfilm and is a great Plein-air painter. He now works as a senior matte painter at Weta Digital in New Zealand

Justin Pastores (http://www.justinpastores.com/)

 Collector no.7 by Justin Pastores

Collector no.7 by Justin Pastores

One of my earliest instagram follower whom I noticed to have great work and paints diligently. He’s been a great supporters for all our sketchbook.

Audrey (https://www.instagram.com/audrey_ish/)

 The Subjective Vertical by Audrey

The Subjective Vertical by Audrey

Audrey and I partnered on a few business ventures in the past and most of the inspirations for The Perfect Sketchbook were extracts from her. A pivotal supporter and an amazing artist with a passion in animation and dance.

Tracy Lewis (http://www.tracylewisart.com/

 Risk to Blossom by Tracy Lewis

Risk to Blossom by Tracy Lewis

An amazing watercolorist who is known for her transparent watercolor with a candy coat of Easter-like color.  Beautiful work that also caught my attention when I noticed how she painted.

Fawn Veerasunthorn (https://www.instagram.com/fawnv/)

 Year of the Dog by Fawn Veerasunthorn

Year of the Dog by Fawn Veerasunthorn

Known for her amazing storyboard work in numerous Disney Featured Films. I was lucky to have gone to school with her and managed to garner her support during The Perfect Sketchbook Campaign.

Ryan Green (https://www.instagram.com/ryangreenart/)

 Bah by Ryan Green

Bah by Ryan Green

Husband of Fawn. Ryan also worked at Disney featured film and saved Hei Hei from getting killed in the movie, Moana. Super fortunate to have gotten his support early on during our Kickstarter Campaign. He paid attention to my campaign and advised me to disengage with adversary early on during our campaign.

Hiroshi Hayakawa (http://www.hiroshi-hayakawa.com/

 Vanitas by Hiroshi Hayakawa

Vanitas by Hiroshi Hayakawa

My talented Photography Professor from Columbus College of Art. He supported heavily when our kickstarter was literally stuck and not making it. Hiroshi is also well versed in traditional medium and is the author of a series of Kirigami books.

Nathaniel Underwood (https://www.instagram.com/nathaniel_underwoodart/

 Composition 3 by Nathaniel Underwood

Composition 3 by Nathaniel Underwood

Painting buddy from Columbus College of Art who supported my Kickstarter and is an amazing painter currently represented by Sharon Weiss Gallery in Columbus

Iuri Lioi (http://www.iurilioi.com/

 Desert Symmetries by Iuri

Desert Symmetries by Iuri


Visual Development Artist at Dreamworks. I know Iuri from Graduate School at The Ohio State University but knew he was such a good painter until I saw his work in The Perfect Sketchbook.

Anthony Francisco (https://www.instagram.com/anthony_francisco_art/

 Baby Groot dances by Anthony Francisco

Baby Groot dances by Anthony Francisco


Known for his involvement with Marvel Comic Universe. Anthony is a Visual Development Concept Artists at Marvel.  Was fortunate to receive his support during our first kickstarter.

Namchai Saensupha (https://www.instagram.com/namchai_sketches/)

 Nov 27 by Namchai

Nov 27 by Namchai


An Architect from Thailand who caught my attention with his amazing watercolor landscapes.
One of my favorite artists when it comes to style and attitude.

Steve Mitchell (http://stevemitchelldesign.com/)

 Transparent watercolor by Steve Mitchell

Transparent watercolor by Steve Mitchell

A prominent Youtube Artist with the channel, Mind of Watercolor. I approached Steve during my Indiegogo campaign was very fortunate to receive his support. He was generous enough to share my campaign with his audiences.

Jackson Dryden (https://www.instagram.com/drydenart/)

 Transformation of a Diety by Jackson Dryden

Transformation of a Diety by Jackson Dryden

 

An amazing artist with a passion for sketchbooks. Jackon caught my attention when it comes to stylization and skills.

WHY ?
I started all these to prove to myself that I don’t have to be rich or famous to make great things. Traveling around the world, making our own products and hosting our own group show with very little capital, I did it all and I am eternally grateful for everyone's support along the way.

The show, the sketchbooks, and traveling have given me great insights into numerous delusional thoughts or ideas that I have had about art, business, and life. Truly grateful for all the support that I have received from everyone.

 

 

How to make use of fresh pigment to paint on-site. by erwin lian

Perhaps the most useful technique by watercolor plein-air artists.

This technique allow you to complete a painting on-site without getting bugged down by details or with too many glazes.  Theoretically, you can complete within 3 layers. However, apart from time constraint, there aren't any rules to why you should limit yourself to just 3 layers. Bear in mind that this method is most appropriate when you use fresh pigment from a tube.. 

Here's how you work the magic. By the way, I am demonstrating with just two colors. Why ? Because beginners too often have problem managing colors . If you can't even work with 2 ? Reduce it to one. There's no prize for the artists who uses most colors.  


At the most fundamental level, one just need to ensure that that the correct sense of color temperature is in place. Excessive colors rarely enhance an image when the temperature shift is nothing but a chaos. 

Important things to remember when painting: 

  • Shapes + Composition (Simplification and design is key. It is literally impossible to paint everything)
  • Value structure / Good drawing / Chiaroscuro (extremely important for watercolor since it rely extensively on light versus dark dramatic structure )
  • Soft versus hard edges
  • Color temperature (warm versus cool) . There is no need to score accurate color. A painter merely depict a color's relationship to its surrounding. e.g does the color have more warmth (Red or orange) or cool (Green or blue) in it ? 
 Think about the density of tea, milk or cream to assess how thick or thin your paints are. Maximum coverage is made with the thinnest layer, mid tone and shadow mass are all connected with milk layer and details are left in for for thickest coat of paint. (error - Tea layer was yellow orche and not burnt sienna as written above:)

Think about the density of tea, milk or cream to assess how thick or thin your paints are. Maximum coverage is made with the thinnest layer, mid tone and shadow mass are all connected with milk layer and details are left in for for thickest coat of paint. (error - Tea layer was yellow orche and not burnt sienna as written above:)

Putting it all together: (two colors)

The technique sounds all easy but can be quite a challenge when you are on-site and overwhelmed by the gamut of colors and details that mother nature throws at you.

The truth is, no one can paint everything on the spot. A good painting isn't a good photo and how you capture the essence creates the impression that mattered the most. (Paint language)
A few things to note:

  • Things will change.
  • You are painting an illusion and it doesn't have to include everything. 
  • A quick thumbnail study is exceptionally useful for a complicated scene. I often make the mistake of painting without preparation, only to regret after I lay down the first wash. 
  • Resolve your value structure before you paint. Changes in light cannot affect your vision if you have this road mapIts also a whole lot easier to focus on other aspects of painting if you have this. 
 An illustration of how this works. Putting it together for a scene . Note that you want to cover as much as possible with the first lay-in wash.

An illustration of how this works. Putting it together for a scene . Note that you want to cover as much as possible with the first lay-in wash.

 The watercolor clock as illustrated here and taught by the famous water colorist Joseph Zbukvic. On this clock, he documented the way to assess pigment's consistency versus the result on the various degree of wetness on the paper. His book however is out-of-print but this remained a crucial technique for anyone trying to paint on-sight.

The watercolor clock as illustrated here and taught by the famous water colorist Joseph Zbukvic. On this clock, he documented the way to assess pigment's consistency versus the result on the various degree of wetness on the paper. His book however is out-of-print but this remained a crucial technique for anyone trying to paint on-sight.