children's book Maria's Loose Tooth illustrations by Yong Chen

watercolor painting of flowers: watercolor painting by Shineca Jack, a proud student of Yong Chen

Watercolor painting by
Shineca Jack

Shineca Jack's watercolor learning experience:
It was the first time I ever painted anything with such detail, I’ve always liked to draw and did some painting when I was about 5 or 6 years, but nothing more. To begin this assignment, I first sketched the flower which wasn’t hard, then mixed the red paint with lots of water to tone the color down until I got a pink color.

I remembered what the professor Yong said about not rushing to paint something, so I waited and when I was satisfied that it was the way I wanted it I began painting. I did it a little at a time, mostly because I didn’t have time to sit and paint it all in one day also I wanted to take my time to do it right. Two days later I was happy with my work though not perfect, I thought it wasn’t all bad.

My painting looked similar to the actual one, however the smaller details in the flower was not as I would have wanted. I tried to fix these mistakes like the professor had demonstrated but was not successful. It looked easier to do when he did it, because I’ve tried repeatedly but it was difficult for me to do. Getting the shades right was hard for me also, but in the end I came very close to what the actual picture looked like. In the end I can honestly that if I had more time, I could really sit back, take my time and really enjoy water coloring. It’s almost therapeutic and relaxing and although I will not become a professional watercolor artist, doing it in my spare time is a definite possibility.

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