This I Know | The Magic of Watercolor Portray



After a few years portray in watercolor, celebrated artist Chien Chung-Wei has discovered a factor or two about how you can benefit from this magical medium. Take his statements on magnificence, artistry and method and infuse your individual portray observe with renewed vitality—and accomplish that with the center of an explorer for, as Chung-Wei tells us, “Watercolor favors the adventurer!”    

On Watercolor …

“Methods to method these sudden adjustments that inevitably occur within the technique of watercolor portray? Let me quote the grasp Sheng-Yen: ‘Settle for it, deal with it, and let go of it.’”

“Watercolor portray is enjoyable as a result of it’s exhausting!”

The Canine Strolling Down The Steps (watercolor on paper, 141/2×103/5)

On Magnificence …

When the Streetlights Go On (watercolor on paper, 141/2×103/5)

“The power to find magnificence is set by your aesthetic cultivation greater than by cameras and sketchbooks, and your means to create magnificence is set by your sensible portray expertise, not the actual brush you maintain in your hand.”

“What motivates you and me to create artwork? The reply is magnificence! To find, pursue and create magnificence, observe your coronary heart.”

“Create magnificence out of your every day life. Look critically at widespread issues and abnormal surroundings to find magnificence. There, you’ll additionally discover creativity.”

On Approach …

“I don’t care a lot about what my topic is, or what I see in a photograph, I merely try to find and strengthen the intrigue of the kinds I observe. That is probably the most fascinating and necessary a part of portray.”

“In an effort to highlight the power of details, and to make them meaningful and valuable, the depiction of details must be based on a well-constructed sense of overall wholeness.”

“Use the minimum detail to create maximum energy. The premise is that only when the key details are built upon a strong composition can they create astonishing effects.”

Verona Market (watercolor on paper, 141/2×103/5)
Dancing Like Butterflies

“Use simplified shapes of color to imply the most complicated details.”

“The background of a painting—the color tones, shapes and texture—usually determines 80 percent of the atmosphere and mood in the picture.”

“Only after you set up the structure of a painting can you enjoy maneuvering the brushstrokes with unconstrained freedom.”

On Failure & Success …

“Why does a painting fail? Lack of skill or familiarity with the medium is maybe only 10 percent. The other 90 percent results from not knowing what you want to present.”


“I’m only better at watercolor than my students because I have messed up more watercolor papers.”

Shantou in The Rain (watercolor on paper, 291/2×22)

Meet the Artist

Taiwanese artist Chien Chung-Wei was born in 1968. He earned a Masters degree in Fine Art at the National Taiwan Normal University. Over the years, he has won many awards in international competitions and has the dinstinction of becoming the first artist from Taiwan to earn Signature Membership and a Dolphin Fellowship with the American Watercolor Society. He teaches watercolor in Taiwan and also offers instructional watercolor workshops worldwide. Follow the artist on social media at facebook.com/hibariprince and on Instagram @chien_chung_wei.


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