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January 11, 2011 January 12, 2011

Filed under: Daily Post,Drawings,Watercolors — lindahalcombfineart @ 6:32 am
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A Dragon it is! I just finished reading a book of Chinese Myths and Legends. The IMA has a really great collection of Asian Art and I am trying to learn more about the stories behind the scroll paintings so I can give better tours. Dragons are considered auspicious and you see them in painting, architecture, textiles and furnishings so a dragon it is for my latest work.




I used the watercolor background that I posted yesterday and then drew a generic dragon after looking through my art books. I used two different sets of watercolor markers and found out right away that one of them is drying out and that I do not have light, pastel colors. Where the color of the background shows through I have used the set that is drying up to achieve the light coverage. All in all I am very happy because I wised up about when to use the different sets early enough to get opaque coverage on the head and paw that are coming towards you. I really like some of the sections where the underpainting shows through adding texture and life.


14 Responses to “January 11, 2011”

  1. lynnemedsker Says:

    What a fun piece! I really like the bold colors for such a bold creature. Isn’t it amazing how the input we get from reading, viewing, etc. influences the direction of our art!

  2. Barry Coombs Says:

    A lively and vibrant piece. The texture is very appealing. It got me thinking. I used to work at the Art Gallery of Ontario with a very talented writer/illustrator named Ian Wallace. He wrote and illustrated a fabulous children’s book called ‘Chin Chiang and the Dragon’s Dance’. I looked up his website and found only one or two of his plates for the book. One is at

  3. Love your dragon with its vibrant colors and it is perfect on the background..I’m in a storybook..!

  4. lesliepaints Says:

    Awesome dragon and approach, Linda! The colors make the viewer have to “see” this!

  5. Barry Coombs Says:

    By the way, I noticed that from Step One to the final Dragon you flipped the sheet over. Was that a conscious decision?

    • Barry, You are incredibly observant! I did not realize I switched the orientation. I taped the paper to paint the background and removed the taped to photograpg it for my blog. Then I retaped it to work on the design. I think I built the drawing around the background (to a certain extent anyway) so that is probably why it works. My original idea was to have the tail crisscross the paper and I modified that to fit the background better. Serendipity strikes again. Thank you for your comments! I am intrigued by the work of Ian Wallace and am researching him further. Thank you for sharing!

  6. Carol King Says:

    Cool dragon! I liked seeing your progress.

  7. artimagica Says:

    I LOVE dragons! This is wonderful and the bright colors really pop and bring him towards you. Beautiful!

  8. if i understand you right, i think i like where you’ve used the dried out markers – like on the tail – a lot. i think i like it because it allows the background to show through in interesting ways and i like that intermingling. there is a place for the opaque markers – and i like your thinking to use them to come forward. i think it would be great to also have the delicate background come forward in places too – you do that some in the arm area to the right – and that to me begins to pop and pulse. another area that might allow this kind of thing to happen is the blue feather/scales which are between a somewhat opaque green skull and the black/dark behind the blue feather/scales. sometimes an area like the blue feather/scales can pop forward if it’s simply surrounded – or trapped by the opaque areas. i wouldnt rework this one, it’s just something to think about for future work. that alternating pulse – background/foreground can become quite exciting, especially when you have exciting backgrounds as you do.

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