Thursday, October 18, 2012

Watercolor Painting of Gereja Lahai Roi

Here is the painting of Gereja Lahai Roi. Gereja means church. The church is located in Mansinam, a small island in Manokwari regency of West Papua. Mansinam was the first place in New Guinea that received European missionaries on 5 February 1855 who went there to preach Gospel. Every year tens of thousands of town dwellers of Manokwari, together with pilgrims from all corners of the world, come to Mansinam to celebrate the Gospel Preaching Day. Some intellectuals consider that day as the beginning of modern civilization of Papuan people. I used Staedler 2B graphite pencil to sketch the landscape before coloring it using Fabercastel and Derwent watercolour pencils. For me, creating fine lines for the details of coconut trees and the building of the church is much easier if it is carried out by pencil dan wet brush.
Today, I have decided to spend more time painting the landscape, and wildlife of West Papua to create awareness among the city dwellers of Manokwari and the people of Indonesia that it is important to preserve our nature. If you are interested in watercolor painting then you need to practice sketching and painting now. Try to read the following book that I recommend to you.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Watercolor Painting of Dolphins

I created this watercolor painting of Dolphins when I was still living in Malang city. Now I live in Manokwari city in the eastern region of Indonesia. So, I am closer to nature here. Every time I travel to Numfor island by ferry, I always see dolphins coming out of the blue sea water. It's an amazing experience for me. I can feel the emotion and the energy that flow inside my body and mind while watching the dolphins at sea. This artwork is now in the Netherlands. A woman named Grietje owns it. I have seen dolphins many times since I was a university student. I work as a freelance tourist guide. I accompany visitors to Numfor island in Geelvink bay where we can enjoy snorkeling over pristine coral reef. I also enjoy hiking in the jungle. That's why most of my artworks are related to wildlife.
My watercolor painting of Two Dolphins Swimming in the Middle of the Sea
I have uploaded the digitized version of the painting into my zazzle store. You can order the canvas print version of the painting on the link below the following picture:

This artwork was created using watercolour pencils. The quality of a drawing or painting is not only determined by the experience of the artist but also the quality of the materials. High quality paper will help an artist to make detailed strokes on his or her artwork. So, when you are interested in creating a watercolor artwork, don't forget to choose fine quality paper such as the cold press paper manufactured by Canson, and watercolors (my recommendation will be  Derwent 72 Watercolor Pencil Metal Tin Set). Happy sketching and painting.