View Full Version : Demo - Taman Ayun Temple, Bali

10-16-2007, 12:33 PM
It's been ages since I did a full-sheet watercolour and I'd have to admit that I'm getting rusty at painting large-size watercolours. :rolleyes: :p

Anyway, Singapore Watercolour Society (SWS) has been renting a room at Telok Kurau Studios, a Art Housing Scheme by Singapore's National Arts Council, as its official premises since the start of the project in 1997. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Telok Kurau Studios, the management committee of the studios will hold an art exhibition and invited three SWS members to represent the society in this event. As the society's Secretary-General, I was chosen as one of the society's representatives but I haven't got any recent painting for the show, so I painted this full-sheet watercolour over the past two days. :)

This is a photo I took nearly 3 years ago while holidaying in Bali.


Step 1 - Drawing the outline

Larger image: (http://marvinchew.com/uploaded_images/1-Drawing-s-734697.jpg)

Step 2 - Painting the first glaze
I did the sky with Cerulean Blue and mixed a little Cobalt Blue and threw in some Ultramarine Violet to add more interest to the sky. The roof of the huts are painted mostly in Yellow Ochre with a little touch of Turqoise Blue and Translucent Orange. The Pagoda-like buildings in the background are painted in Sepia, Yellow Orche and Burnt Sienna, while the foliage is painted in Sap Green, Azo Yellow and Cerulean Blue. I also painted the ground with light washes of Yellow Orche and Burnt Sienna.

larger image (http://marvinchew.com/uploaded_images/2-First-glaze-s-712756.jpg)

Step 3 - At this stage, I started to build up the values of the various structures by glazing darks over the shaded areas, paying attention to the light source. Colours used are essentially the same as the previous stage but using more pigments than water but making sure I maintain the fluidity of my paints so as not to turn the darks into mud.

Larger image (http://marvinchew.com/uploaded_images/3-Structure-s-712802.jpg)

Step 4 - Finally, I added the finishing touches to various things throughout the paintings by painting in the details and decided to darken the foliage on the left, soften the clouds in the sky, emphasized the shadows, painted the plants on the foreground and the two figures, etc.

Larger image (http://marvinchew.com/uploaded_images/4-Finished-s-705826.jpg)

Below are some close-up to show you parts of the painting in detail.




I used mostly Winsor & Newton, Rembrandt, Schmincke, Holbein - all artists grade watercolour paints. Paper used is my favourite Fabriano Artistico 300gsm Rough.

Well, honestly, I think it's not bad an effort considering I haven't painted full-sheet for more than half a year and I think I overdid the detailed at step 4. I should have stopped somewhere in between Step 3 and 4 but anyway, it's still a decent effort, I hope... :rolleyes: :cat:

You can see quite obviously that the paintings I do at home like this one is more detailed compared to my outdoor works as I have the comfort and time to sit down and paint slowly. This is painted over 2 days (or should I say late nights), approximately over 8 hours in total. I hope this is good enough for the show. :)

Critiques and comments are welcome as usual.

P/S: If you're wondering why my images are larger than usual (more than 500 pixels on the horizontals), it's because they are hosted on my personal site's webhost. I think at 600 pixels, they are bigger and hence having more impact to the viewers.

NOTE: I have subtituted uploaded images and links as per the Posting Rules - Yorky.

10-16-2007, 12:59 PM
Nicely done. I can appreciate all the hours involved in painting architecture. Also the, introduction, placement, and shading of the man and woman are quite good. There are two things that concern me about it. First, there are still some hard lines in the clouds. Otherwise, and excellect job in the sky, and easily fixed.
Second is the focal point which I am assuming was ment to be the people. You have picked the best location for them no doubt. I wish the scene had been framed differently. To take full advantage of the rectangle and the golden mean the people should be slightly higher and a little to the right. The eye would be a little happier. Still, very nice work.

10-16-2007, 01:10 PM
Thank you, Marvin. It's always a pleasure to see your work, and it's a double pleasure to see it as a demo.

10-16-2007, 01:55 PM
Thanks for the WIP, Marvin.

You haven't lost your touch even though you haven't painted this large in a while.

Since I am a detail-oriented person, I don't think you got too detailed in Step 4. ;)

Well done.


10-16-2007, 03:09 PM
Wonderful to se you painting again Marvin and this is outstanding :clap:

Thanks for showing the step by step images, they will be very helpful to members starting out in watercolours.

Perhaps you could use them to create an Article so that they are hosted here on wetcanvas?


10-16-2007, 03:15 PM
Wonderful Marvin! Just a fabulous reference pic you took of this beautiful structure. I like how you've added the people in it to make it seem real. Lovely colors in this one.

10-16-2007, 06:21 PM
Marvin thanks for sharing this full sheet painting - I think it's very good!!!!!! and thanks for sharing the steps!!

10-16-2007, 06:30 PM
You certainly haven't lost your touch, Marvin... this is beautiful! Thanks for sharing your steps with us...

10-16-2007, 07:52 PM
So glad to see your work again. You haven't lost your touch.


Strawberry Wine
10-16-2007, 08:23 PM
Hi Marvin; It is wonderful to see you posting a WIP .

Your shadows are excellent, you have definitely not lost an iota of talent.

Looking forward to seeing more from you in the near future.



10-16-2007, 11:24 PM
Hi, Marvin... So great to see you painting again...
I so wish I could take a class with you! I would
learn soooo much :)

Brian Barnes
10-17-2007, 04:44 AM
Wonderful work as usual! I can honestly say the painting is superior to the photo. The lighting and colour are more exciting and realistic. :thumbsup:


10-17-2007, 08:17 AM
this is just fantastic- it is so beautiful- you really have to enter it into a show!!! Adding the people is a wonderful touch.... added a bit of color too....

lyn lynch
10-17-2007, 11:52 AM
I know being parent to a small inquisitive person, a husband and provider of the family is a lot to cope with, but I wish you to make time to paint, if not daily, at least every week. You have invested so much of yourself to get to this area of expertise, you have been granted a talent and you need to keep developing it to achieve your potential. Besides, I wish my "Shophouses on Sophia Road" to one day be worth some big money.

I enjoy this piece, I love that you added the people. I think it is excellent, and have copied the WIP.

Dale Ziegler
10-17-2007, 10:55 PM

10-20-2007, 05:35 AM
Thanks for looking and your constructive comment, iliopus.
Some hard lines in the clouds are actually ok. If you observe clouds on bright sunny day, they tend to be very well-formed, hence having well-defined outline. Also, would you kindly elaborate your statement below, I know I couldn't change the position of the figures now, but would be useful to take note for future paintings, thanks!
To take full advantage of the rectangle and the golden mean the people should be slightly higher and a little to the right.

Jenny, Sylvia, Darla, Amelia, Char, Shirley, Gail, Brian, Linda, Dale, thank you all for looking and leaving positive remarks on the painting. :)

Doug, thanks for creating the links and as I explained to you in PM, I only took 4 photos... well now 5, plus the one below... but it is still too few to use for a full article. Since that tree and foliage article that I did back in 2003?, I do think a step-by-step painting article is long overdue from me though, so hopefully can I get one done before the year end... a perfect Christmas gift to Wetcanvas watercolour forum.:wink2: :p :)

JustjoGa, well... who knows I might become one travelling watercolourist who teach workshops all around the world - ha! well, that's my dream.:thumbsup:

Fookie, thanks.. yes, I know I will never be myself if I stop painting, so yes, I'll keep painting whenever I have the free-time but to turn "Shophouses on Sophia Road" or any of my paintings for that matter, to worth big money would be a daunting task! ha... I will work on that, getting myself involved in exhibitions and hopefully winning some awards in the future would help, I guess.:wink2:

Anyway, I realized that the distant tree on the top left-hand corner was running almost parallel with the roof line. So I changed the tree a little to get more variations. Also, I felt that the foreground foliage was a bit weak and decided to darken it and add a few stronger and bolder strokes to punch it up a little. It served to anchor the whole composition better that way.


Now, that's better... :)

10-20-2007, 07:06 AM
I could have sworn I posted in here the other day:confused:

Marvin I am glad you changed the flowers to a pot now that looks just super and reads right to me..:thumbsup:

Perfect finish

Cheers JJ

Shirl Parker
10-20-2007, 01:42 PM
You are absolutely right about the hard lines in clouds, Marvin. We see them like that here in Brownsville all the time. In fact, I've seen so many fabulous cloud formations lately that I can't capture with my 2 megapixels, I am putting a better camera on my wishlist.


10-25-2007, 01:25 AM
You are a real professional...your work is stunning. Thanks so much for sharing this.