Thursday, December 29, 2011
The Eight Elemental Amphibians (of Sally Williams) - Panel #4
Unlike panel #3, these photos for panel #4 turned out really true to the original I think. This one is a more washy, atmospheric piece as well and so ties nicely to panel #3 despite their very different color schemes.
There are a few areas of metallic gold on this panel. Rich cadmium orange and reds are already stunning in the glazed layers, and the gold washes makes the color even more vibrant.
The frog is based on the likely extinct Golden Toad, but this is not an accurate representation of it.
The decorative elements were inspired by various Buddhist art pieces I pored over in my collection of art history textbooks, this being a mediocre online example. Graphic flowing linework is often present in garments, clouds, fire, water, etc in this type of artwork. The same general style is characteristic of many ancient Chinese and Japanese ink drawings and paintings.