Back in 2009, I was experimenting with loosening up my watercolor techniques. I enjoyed painting with lots of detail using ink and watercolor, but after many years of painting that way, I struggled with letting watercolor do what it did best: be spontaneous.
I recalled learning some Asian brush techniques that utilized both ink and watercolor that utilized the spontaneous nature of the medium. The painting here is not true Asian spontaneous painting, it is actually a combination of the detail styled work I used to do and the spontaneous techniques. I suppose this could be considered a bridge piece, as I began to stretch and develop my painting skills. On an earilier, now defunct blog I posted my process, which I have shared below.
Prints of this painting can be ordered from my print-on-demand site: https://doan-art.pixels.com/featured/hawaiian-butterflyfish-antony-galbraith.html
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About My Work
Before I became a monk I made a living creating art. When I took the five Buddhist precepts in 2002 I was given the dharma name Do'an (pronounced Doe-ahn), which loosely means "path of the eye". From that moment on, the focus of my art shifted toward contemplative practice, in which I used meditation and breath to facilitate my creativity. I studied Asian brush painting and calligraphy techniques, which had a great influence on my painting style and composition. In 2008 I discovered fiber. I learned to knit, spin yarn, needle felt and weave.