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The Pink Kite of Hope

I came across an inspiring photo of a girl holding a kite and thought… Yes! This would be perfect for the figure painting which I planned to do with a little experimentation. Like I mentioned in the previous post- I was itching to paint a figure… and after reading a few lessons at Susan Harrison-Tustain’s site, I was even eager to try something new. Her paintings were really awesome and she generously shared some tips about her precious painting techniques in watercolor and oil there.

I’d like to record the steps I’ve taken for this painting. So, here goes..

Firstly, I did the pencil sketch of the little girl with the kite in her hands. The sketch was quite light.. plus the bad lighting.. ugh!

Then, using Susan’s technique of ‘yellow’ paint mapping, I painted the whole paper with the yellow paint. According to Susan, this method could give more ‘glowing’ effect to our painting later on. The part with darker tones, we should give it more yellow concentration at the base.

I also planned to limit my colors… so when my base dried, I laid down a few of ‘major’ colors for the painting. Then I put more colors on her hair, face, t-shirt and batik sarong which she wore like a long skirt. I must say I was quite proud of myself that I didn’t ‘follow’ the photo 100% (yay!). In the original photo, the girl was not wearing batik and the shirt’s color was different too.

Then, more concentration was given to the quiet wall…

At this point, I was a bit apprehensive because I knew I wanted to do something different with the kite. For me, the kite was a ‘symbol’. You know, like freedom or happiness… but how should I stressed my point..? Of course, I could just leave it empty and let my viewer’s figured it out. But let’s just say, I wanted the kite to ‘speak’. So I played around with an idea… what if I tried a bit of ‘collage’ work?

So, I played around with a few newspaper cuttings.

A few themes ran through my mind. Of course there were loads of issues in regard of children. I just needed to pick out one.

So,here what I had so far… I guess, my point was to bring across some positive elements for bringing up a child in this world. At the end, we could only but HOPE. No one knows what the future holds, really.

Hmm… I might have used quite a lot of yellow until the skin became quite ‘orangy‘. But there’s no doubt that the yellow base has helped to give the glowing effect.

This painting, for me is still in progress… because I think the shadow should be darker… and the wall could be improved a bit more with some textures and stuff. The hair.. maybe needed some darkening too.

What  do you think…?

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Posted by on May 18, 2011 in Home


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A Quick Sketch..

Sheesh! For some reason, this picture doesn’t want to get upright. But, u get the picture, right? It’s actually a picture of a little girl on a little bicycle and there’s a bunch of rambutan on the ground not far from her. I took the photo of my niece when my family went back to Kijal, Terengganu late in 2008. The setting was in the evening, she was having fun riding the bike she found on the ground, oblivious of the fun we adults were having enjoying the rambutans ripe on the trees and on the ground- free of charge (because the trees belong to my grand uncle, Tok Su Ghani).

I didn’t know what was going to happen with this one. I had some problems figuring out what to do with the background. The photo’s background didn’t look very interesting. This was what I had so far.. maybe I should take a break doing something else for a while before coming up with a solution for this. Perhaps I just want to pick up some guts to fight my fear of making a mess…but then, art doesn’t have to be beautiful to get into one’s heart.

Hmm.. would you like to see the original pic?


As you can see, the lighting was quite plain.

Well, I’ll see what I could do.. just wish me luck.


Ok, I’m updating my post here and it’s dated 4/3/2010, just to insert my final touch up of the painting posted here.


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Posted by on February 10, 2010 in Home


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