Lotus flower is a very sorted after for Chinese painting.
Chinese believe it is very noble and in scholar observation lotus flower grows from muddy pool,
when it is blooming and growing .
The flower is very pure.It can define us to be scholar,very gentlemanly.
In Buddhism ,Kwan Yin is sitting on the lotus blossom without any pollution and in a very calmly manners.
-To draw the kingfisher sitting ,the gesture of the bird,head turning to the left,body facing to the right.It looks alert to spot some attraction.Below the kingfisher,there are lalang grass to enhance the atmosphere of the wilderness.The whole atmosphere peaceful is very quiet and calming.
How to draw the painting?
We have to design the whole painting before we start .
The central for flower and bird.There are several ways to paint the flower.The great artist,Pan Tianshou(潘天寿),his creation is very special in the shape of each petal.Aesthetic matter to paint,by looking at the petals is favorite,It is the side view of the flower. The typical part o the flower has an angle.It is not easy to sort out the essence of the painting,because his painting is unique in his own way.

How to draw bird standing on the stalk?
Starting with one stroke of the branch,then the body and the head as well as the tail.
On the head,an eye and the back is added.
Next draw the legs below the stomach.
To draw lotus flower,the brush sroke is very important.Most of the lines are very powerful.Why?
Because the petals are weak by some .

how to color?
We keep the tones ,by using the dark and light tones.It is not neccesary to use the tone without the dimension.
How to color the bird?
Kingfisher is usually noted in blue colour.The top of the head is the most outstading.
The color of the beak is in orange colour.
Is not how big the area we color but mosly is most striking color( orange colour.) we use.
Before the completion of the painting,few brush strokes under the lotus flowers are very important to enhance the whole pieceof painting.
Painting without the subject does not look appealing to the eyes.

Contact: Dr Tan Ching Yam,ART EDUCATOR