Years ago I did Japanese ink painting, along with Chinese painting. Chrysanthemums are a traditional study. Here, I tried to work with the gouache in the same fashion – following the same formula – as in Oriental painting. Because the paper and pigment are different, it doesn’t work out the same, although the brushwork is applied similarly.
Using what I learned from the first painting, while I held to the constructs I had learned in Asian painting, I applied the principles of gouache here. I built on layers and worked over areas I wasn’t too thrilled with.
Being familiar with how different painting techniques are applied is very handy. This knowledge can be applied to another area (here, painting) and modified to fit the needs of the medium. Painting is like opening up a brand new world! It is quite an adventure.