How to make gelatine solution for traditional chinese and japanese Painting Styles, like Nihonga and Gong Bi

Nikawa is the japanese word for the gelatine solution that is used in certain old chinese and japanese painting styles, namely nihonga and gong bi style. The gelatine solution is used as a binder for pigments, as well as for preparation ( sizing ) of the paper, to reduce its absorbancy. In this video I … More How to make gelatine solution for traditional chinese and japanese Painting Styles, like Nihonga and Gong Bi

Mountain Water Clouds & Moon – Some work in progress pictures

Finally I did it. This picture was a lot of work, even if it may not look so. There are lots and lots of layers of soft grey washes done here. It may not reach the hundred-mark, but I am sure there are about 60-80 layers. For those who are interested in, I managed to … More Mountain Water Clouds & Moon – Some work in progress pictures

Waterfall-kami

No Scetches were done for this one. I found out that I am not very good at “planning” my works. It´s more the way of “natural growing”, with all the mistakes that may happen that I like. So I start with a “wild” layer of traditional japanese Sumi Ink, and then try to “see” the … More Waterfall-kami

Dreamwalk

After a while, not being able to paint, I decided to finish this pice : Like most pictures I do this time, there was no sketch for this one. Unfortunately, I did no earlier picture of this painting. I just forget about that, while I am painting 🙁  Have to think about next time… I did … More Dreamwalk

Working with No-Tan´s – value-scetches

I just found an old blog-entry of mine from 2013… The words “No-Tan” come from the traditional japanese art and mean the general, and most often the tone-value structure of a picture.  “No” has the meaning of dark, saturated ink ( traditional japanese painting is mostly done in black-white ), while “Tan” has the meaning … More Working with No-Tan´s – value-scetches