Last week we started practicing water shading, a technique using a little more water than usual to spread color over a wide area, most often the sky and ground. My first try is pretty rough, but the experience was a confidence booster. Not only did I get a "good" mark, but the instructor was kind enough to note that I did a better job of it my first time than he did on his first try.
The trick with the sky and ground is to work from a darker shade to a lighter shade, preferably without being able to notice any lines where the color changes shade. I'm working now on a second piece that is proving more difficult.
"When you don't have obsessions, when you don't have hang ups, when you don't have inhibitions, when you are not afraid that you will be breaking certain rules, when you are not afraid that you will not fulfill somebody's expectations - what more enlightenment do you want?" - Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche
Thangka Artist: Ngakma Pema Zangmo
Artist: Anya Langmead
Thangka Artist: Sashi Kumar
About the Author
In search of a new path, a 40-something with no previous art training heads to Kathmandu to study thangka at a Tibetan art school. Along the way he meets people, reads books, meditates, and writes about it here. Started in 2007, this chapter closes in 2009 when the author takes a teaching assignment in the UAE.
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Beginning is End
The end of building is ruin. The end of meeting is parting. The end of accumulation is dispersal. The end of birth is death. - Ken McLeod
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