Here’s what I am most proud of in my landscape watercolour, Mañana de Las Luces.
The painting successfully touched El Ayuntamiento de Zuheros, and they offered me an invitation to produce a series of Andalucía landscapes and to throw a personal exhibition in their town as a part of their cultural activity in August.
The painting, Mañana de Las Luces is the most complex one which involved the largest amount of self-made materials so far. During its process, I further improve the quality of the kind of watercolour I have mentioned which can be entirely washed without damaging the paper. But somehow it can only apply on Daler Rowney 300g smooth pressed, which is also my favourite watercolour paper.
The painting is half based on a photograph, half based on imagination. Personal emotions were deeply buried under the sketch, using the significant light contrast to express a longing of liberty of going anywhere I would like to. Andalucía landscapes have always been a critical theme for my creative work, this one brought the topic to its highest.
Mañana de Las Luces discussed the classic topic in watercolour, the Dingell Effect. Through being considerably influenced by contemporary impressionism watercolourist, the process of objects in the shadow has involved with a large number of bright colours instead of traditional, blend it into the colour of the shadow.
Various materials were used to construct the mountain at the background to further extend the depth of the field, I’d judge it is more successful than another contemporaneous watercolour landscape El Reino Entre Olivares, which finished in July. More over, a thin layout of pencil and charcoal was applied to the Dingell Effect part and the villiage. So if you can see the painting by yourself, you will find that from a distance, the villiage’s variety of colour will be hidden in the high contrast of light. Not until you walk close, the layout of pencil’s reflection of light will be invisible, which means the contrast will be reduced to where houses become colourful. That’s something made me felt painting sometimes shares some similarities with alchemy. (:P)
The Painting is in private collection now, I felt Andalucía is where it belongs. A completely different perspective of explaining the beauty of local landscapes.
The first outcome look like this.
Then after a few months of learning advanced photoshop techniques, with the help of professional camera, I made the digital image’s colour more close to the original one. But I cannot still made the purple colour as obvious as you walk close to the painting. That is something I need to be more careful in the future.
(Meanwhile, I finished design a logo for a local hospital and a poster for local government, which is irrelevant, but I felt it is entirely worth mentioning.)
While continually working on the idea of nostalgic feels generated from aposteriori experiences, Mañana de Las Luces was an experimental step towards this interest. It is based on half imagination and half photographic documentation, very much like the essence of landscape painting commissions from Oh Comely Magazine I have contributed. It also stands for a common pursuit of the Liberalism in the area of contemporary Chinese humanities.
Analysing from techniques, the piece discussed the classic topic in watercolour, the Dingell Effect. Through being considerably influenced by contemporary impressionism watercolourist, the process of objects in the shadow has involved with a large number of bright colours instead of traditional, blend it into the shades of shadows.
In order to demonstrate the charm of the light effect upon Andalusian landscapes adequately, the painting also has cultivated an interest in producing self-made colours. It started the massive use of mineral paints; also granted practices of techniques of mixing watercolour paint from classical watercolourist since Dutch Golden Age to contemporary impressionism.
The painting was asked to finish by El Ayuntamiento de Zuheors to see if the expectation of contributing to their cultural activity could be met. Mañana de Las Luces successfully attracted the Zuheros town hall and earned me the invitation of holding a personal exhibition there.
The project was inspired by some creative writings of mine. Also I some helps were provided by one of my friend, who is currently studying professional curating in the Art University of China.