Dr. Youping Qin is my acupuncturist. My images here are part of a larger set,
depicting the history of acupuncture and Chinese immigrants to Oregon. (This post is about the painting, not the story!) Doc Qin has been a Portland resident for many years.
I placed Doc Qin in front of a banner in his treatment room,
which I look at often when I have needles stuck in me!
(The actual banner is in black and sepia tones, but I painted it as I often see it in
my mind’s eye, which is in a vibrant red! Artistic license…)
I began with light pencil sketches to lay out the flow of the piece,
which will eventually contain writing as well.
Building color with watercolor takes patience, of which I have little.
Dry time is so important unless you want the colors to run, as I did in the areas
between sky and Doc’s walls and banner, where I let it run and mix.
I do not know Chinese script,
but did not want to spend forever making slow letters. Instead
I created pretend script
which mimics the feel of Chinese
unless you KNOW Chinese!
I tried Daniel Smith’s Masking
Fluid for the first time,
and love the effect with the wash
of bright red paint over it!
The one place I attempted to copy Chinese lettering accurately is in the Wishes for a Long Life, below.
My style or hand is mine, but I tried to work in a little of the crisp style that
I see in many oriental paintings, and pulled colors from their offices.
All the houses in the neighborhood are being slowly demolished to put up
what has to be the ugliest mixed use buildings ever.
How long can I ignore bad architecture?
I’m being tested.
Strathmore Watercolor paper with a Pentalic HB woodless pencil,
Platinum Carbon Pen, Pentel Brush Pen;
Daniel Smith and Holbien watercolor paints.
©D. Katie Powell.
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