What is Line and Wash Art?
Line and Watercolor Wash [Australian Landscape] Rusty Rustic Oil Barrels. Line and wash drawing is also classed as painting. Its often named Pen and wash drawing. and it is one of the visual arts' mixed mediums. The paper is marked out by pen, pencil or paint lines, and then tinted with diluted ink or watercolour.
The technique has been known since the 13th-century when Chinese artists used transparent ink washes to create delicate atmospheric effects. The line-and-wash technique became familiar to European artists during the Renaissance in the early 15th century. Cennino Cennini taught pen drawing enhanced by brushwork.
17th century artists, Rembrandt, Claude Lorrain, Nicolas Poussin used the technique to create preparatory studies prior to creating more detailed paintings. Here they focused, as I strive to do, on the tonal values of the subject rather than a tight line rendering. Topographical drawings of the 18th century used line and wash technique. Line and wash is ideal for drawing buildings.
Line and wash became a common art form in the16th century, becoming exceedingly popular over the following century, as it is today. The
Line and wash lost favour with the impressionist and expressionist artists seeking spontaneity and the free expression of emotion, and impact of colour. I for instance was trained in the traditional tonal impressionist discipline where we painted without any prior drawing, focusing only on the tonal shapes, size and proportions.
On retirement from active gallery exhibition and art sales to pass on my know-how in art to others, I have renewed my early art years' interest in line-and-wash, plus drawing sing a wide range of art mediums including pens, ink and pencils.
I'm loving my ventures into wash drawing.
Restarting my Fountain Pen Collection
Platinum 3776 Century Fountain Pen
Permanent Fountain Pen Inks suited for Use under a Watercolour Wash
A Collector's Fountain Pen Set
Vintage Eclipse Fountain Pen and Pencil. boxed Set, 14k Gold Filled
I was outbid on the lovely, gold nib, 1920s vintage fountain pen I lusted for. Reg never had to worry about human competitors, but art supplies, those things do tempt me.
At the point where I was outbid there were seven other bidders and fifty-eight watchers probably planning to snipe bid in the closing moments of the auction.
I will continue to use my dip pens where I need a wider width pen line, until I find the right medium-width gold nibbled fountain pen to my liking.
I do not usually use metallic paint in fine art
When people copy an artist, they don't learn why they do something, and they learn both the artist's good and bad habits. You need to learn the why art mediums are used in a certain way.
I would not recommend using metallic paint in fine art without a study of how best to use them, which isn't covered in this lesson. I used very little of those paints for this artwork, and did it as a teaching exercise for the mini-course, above, of seven real-time lessens — where I explained that was an experiment to show why I do not use metallic paint when painting metal.
Metallic paints are fun for crafters.
Metallic paints are fun for crafters. They were okay as I used them.
I created a cut out, extra-short video section from the tutorial videos and posted it here:
Happy Creativity, Cheers, Ryn.
Practice. No One is Born Talented.
Traditional art training is the best way to achieve the effects of metal with paint.
It is this light and shade training, and not special effect paint that makes something appear to represent metal.
Many forget, or don't realise, that Van Gogh did quite a lot of formal, traditional art practice, as guided by his brother who sent him plaster casts of human figures, heads, hands, to practice painting and thus train his eye for painting light and shade and to correctly seeing shapes.
Van Gogh and I have that training in common. I would have trained using the same traditional plaster models he used in his training.
I work safer than Van Gogh did. No lead based paints in my studio, and I don't paint at the kitchen table as he did.
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