Tag: pen and ink

Trees,  in Color

Trees, in Color

Outdoors, fresh air.

Wandering through the woods.  Its lovely out there!  Inspiring.

I’ve combined two of my favorite things,  painting and nature….  trees.



As I mentioned in my last post, zen strolls,  I’ve been working.


Inspired by the trees, in color.

watercolor mixing chart, landscape colors, debiriley.com
Palette 1 for Tree Bark


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Palette 2

Watercolor Charts

Two Basic color charts in watercolor.

Easy.  And fun to do, well worth your time!



You only need 3 paints.

  1. cobalt blue pb28
  2. permanent rose pv19
  3. winsor lemon py175


Combining these 3 Paints, in various ratios & blends,  create wonderful new colors to use.

I’ve only shown these two charts, but I’ve created over 200 mixes from the 3 paints.


The color mixes shown, are  great for trees, bark, foliage, branches, and earth.

For more, on Color Mixing,  see color mixing foliage,   browns,  color  mastery, charts.




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Zen Stroll

Zen Stroll  – The inspiration.


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a beautiful morning – another inspiration


From Inspiration, to studio and the processes.

painting watercolor trees from nature, debiriley.com
a quick demo  – Ink over watercolor washes


The unifying line work created by the ink,  brings the image together as well as helps to emphasize the texture of the bark in this quick demo piece.




In Art, its all about Contrast.


Showing one demo example of “rough” texture is good;  but showing the opposite,  is even better.


Below: the silky, fluid washes flow downwards as the pale golden colors stream towards earth.

Its appearance of smoothness, of silken soft bark,  is in direct contrast to the “rough textured” image above.


easy watercolor trees, Tree trunk watercolours debiriley.com
Tree trunk – a study of smoothness – charging technique



tree bark dry brush watercolours debiriley.com
Dry Brush Technique for  rough  bark



What’s Next!?

I’m thinking…..


Ink Falls…. Upon a Page

Ink Falls…. Upon a Page

#Inktober simply can not pass by without my Taking


to allow,  Ink to Fall

upon a page


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Inked, by hand. So….Slowly



Ink Sticks

I thought some of you may be as intrigued with the different types of inks available as I am. So I’ve included this from Wiki.


From Wikipedia: 

“There are many types of ink sticks that are produced. The artist or calligrapher may use a specific ink for a special purpose or to create special effects.

  • Oil soot ink: made using the soot of burnt tung or various other oils. There is more glue in this type of ink than the other kinds so does not spread as much. Gives a warm black colour. It is good as a general purpose painting and calligraphy ink.
  • Pine soot ink: made from the soot of pines. Has less glue so spreads more than oil soot inks. Gives a blueish-black colour. It is good for calligraphy and meticulous style painting.
  • Lacquer soot ink: made from the soot of dried raw lacquer. Has a shiny appearance and is most suitable for painting.
  • Charcoal ink: made using standard wood charcoal. It has the least amount of glue and so spreads on paper more than other inks. Mainly used for freestyle painting and calligraphy.
  • Blueish ink (青墨): oil or pine soot that has been mixed with other ingredients to produce a subtle blueish-black ink. Mainly used for calligraphy.
  • Coloured ink: oil soot ink that has been blended with pigments to create a solid ink of colour. Most popular is cinnabar ink which was reportedly used by emperors.
  • Medical ink: ink produced by mixing standard ink with herbal medicines which can be ground and taken internally.
  • Collectors ink: ink that is highly decorative and in odd shapes that are meant for collecting rather than actual use.
  • Custom ink: ink that has been commissioned by an artist who may want a specific type of ink to suit their needs.”



Chinese  …’reading,’ a painting

I’ve mentioned previously, I have a leaning towards the Japanese/Chinese art styles. I’m ‘influenced’ by the Asian wabi sabi and minimalist flavor.  Having a wander through The Met Department of Asian Art recently (online) I discovered Maxwell Hearn.


What I found at  The Met   written by Maxwell Hearn, resonates with me.

Hearn explains the Chinese way of   appreciating a    painting   can be expressed by the words   du hua,   “to read a painting.”
The aim of the traditional Chinese painter:   to Capture  not only the exterior of the subject, but its inner essence as well – its energy, life force, spirit.  
To achieve this goal, the painter often chooses to forego using color. As it is felt that color, can be a distraction from the goal.


Let The Ink …Fall


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Ink Falls, (c) debiriley.com


Ink Falls….

Let the broken twig, dipped in ink – flow

Flood and cascade down the page, like a Waterfall.

and still

with bent and broken stick

search out

the branches

permitting the twig to discover the boughs

within their hiding spaces





Black ink and Blue  paint  

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Blue Monday in Inks (c) debiriley.com


No Time

I had no time.  I was busy. busy.  Had some meetings to attend.

I made some time.

No more than 5 minutes though.

60 seconds to grab an apple, vase and yucky fake flowers.


Whacked out the ink… india ink this time.  Dipped a nylon flat brush in and got the basic structure down.

If you look. You can count, my ink strokes. There aren’t too many.

And stopped.  4 minutes!

I had to go.

Sometimes “busy” is good.



A couple days later.

Prussian Blue watercolor pb27  was on my palette from work, so I made some light washes up.  Whacked them on.

Willy nilly. Dripping and splashing. Making a mess, it didn’t matter!!

That took less than 5 minutes as well.

I refused to get bogged down.

I wanted “Loose!” so I kept with the plan.


I can repeat this Technique.

5 minute ink sketch up.

“then, Go away!  Return later.”

Splash in some watercolors.



I think some of you, may like to do this as well.

Try it.

An apple.  A vase.  Flowers, of some sort.    Easy, Simple Designs are great to begin with. The more convoluted the pretty subject is, well,  you Know!




Inks are so wonderful for encouraging loose creative, interpretive Artistic art work.

Art work that  Captures the Inner Essence.




so,   why don’t you get out your inks.

Let the Ink Fall – upon a page