OIL+

WATERCOLOUR

Girl with Blue Apron
Girl with Blue Apron

live drawing / oil on canvas / 272 x 606 mm (F20) / 2004

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Girl with Blue Apron
Girl with Blue Apron

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Girl with Dutch Costume
Girl with Dutch Costume

live drawing / oil on canvas / 272 x 606 mm (F20) / 2004

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Girl with Dutch Costume
Girl with Dutch Costume

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Natura Morta
Natura Morta

live drawing / oil on canvas / 272 x 606 mm (F20) / 2003

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Natura Morta
Natura Morta

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Self-Portrait in a Mirror
Self-Portrait in a Mirror

oil on canvas / 455 x 379 mm (F8) / 2005

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Self-Portrait in a Mirror
Self-Portrait in a Mirror

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Apple
Apple

live drawing / watercolour on paper / 270 x 180 mm

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Banana
Banana

live drawing / watercolour on paper / 200 x 305 mm

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Onion
Onion

live drawing / watercolour on paper / 240 x 173 mm

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Glass
Glass

live drawing / watercolour on paper / 180 x 154 mm

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Grange
Grange

live drawing / watercolour on paper / 200 x 500 mm

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Norfolk
Norfolk

live drawing / watercolour on paper / 158 x 230 mm

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Bamburgh Castle
Bamburgh Castle

live drawing / watercolour on paper / 153 x 240 mm

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Mt. Fuji, Winter #02
Mt. Fuji, Winter #02

live drawing / watercolour on paper / 200 x 500 mm

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   The watercolour sketches contained in this section are mostly produced in live settings. It is particularly difficult to follow the ever-changing light condition in various outdoor settings for describing each scene, however, this gave me a great insight towards colour study. As I understand, watercolour is the best tool to capture precious moments with quick brash works in fresh, transparent colours and I love it. However, it also made me wonder whether impressionists' endeavour to gain "natural colours" on their canvases was really worthwhile? After all, colour is such a subjective matter shaped by various ever-changing conditions such as light, our emotion and cognitive senses. With such a perspective, it’s impossible to gain the constancy of natural colour. Oil is, however, the principal technique which has become dominant throughout art history up to this day since Flemish school masters typified by Jan van Eyck, Rogier van der Weyden, etc. established this great art practice in 15th century. As numerous expressions and techniques were sought and created with this medium, I almost feel unable to contribute anything. Hence a handful of my oil sketches before shifting to explore a new technique using Japanese sumi ink & acrylic.