Ink Line and Wash Demonstration with Ryn Shell

Ink Line and Wash Demonstration with Ryn Shell

To highlight the ink of the day, Internationally acclaimed artist and author Ryn Shell has utilized it alongside Blackened Seas, also from the midnight series, in an ink line and wash demonstration. Painting images of the magnificently beautiful firetail finch, she combines these two colours to create a myriad of gorgeous green, blues, yellows and khakis, naturally reminiscent of the Australian bush.

We want to thank Ryn most deeply for using our inks in her beautiful artwork. We can't express enough how wonderful it is to see them being used in this way, and we encourage ALL our followers, fans and customers to subscribe to Ryn's Youtube Channel here, as she will continue to demonstrate using inks in her artwork. Her channel is an amazing source for anyone looking to learn more about painting with ink, and Ryn herself is a truly gifted artist.

See Ryn's own work here using Howl at the Moon and Blackened Seas:

As Ryn herself says:
"Line and wash drawing is also classed as painting. Its often named Pen and wash drawing. and it is one of the visual arts' mixed mediums. The paper is marked out by pen, pencil or paint lines, and then tinted with diluted ink or watercolour. The technique has been known since the 13th-century when Chinese artists used transparent ink washes to create delicate atmospheric effects. The line-and-wash technique became familiar to European artists during the Renaissance in the early 15th century. Cennino Cennini taught pen drawing enhanced by brushwork. Line and wash became a common art form in the16th century, becoming exceedingly popular over the following century, as it is today. The 17th century artists, Rembrandt, Claude Lorrain, Nicolas Poussin used the technique to create preparatory studies prior to creating more detailed paintings. Here they focused, as I strive to do, on the tonal values of the subject rather than a tight line rendering. Topographical drawings of the 18th century used line and wash technique. Line and wash is ideal for drawing buildings. Line and wash lost favour with the impressionist and expressionist artists seeking spontaneity and the free expression of emotion, and impact of colour. I for instance was trained in the traditional tonal impressionist discipline where we painted without any prior drawing, focusing only on the tonal shapes, size and proportions. On retirement from active gallery exhibition to pass on my know-how in art to others, I have renewed my early art years interest in line-and-wash, and drawing with all art mediums including pens, ink and pencils. I'm loving my ventures into wash drawing. 🇦🇺💜 Discover Australia through the artworks and words of award-winning, artist, and novelist Ryn Shell. The latest, free to view, INK line and wash painting demonstration Howl at the Moon & Blackened Seas from the Midnight Series, Van Dieman's Ink "


We want to add here some close-up images of Ryn's work, demonstrating the skillful blending and mixing she does to create the variety of hues achievable with the two inks, and highlighting the silver shimmer in Howl at the Moon at different angles.


Video Text and Images © Ryn Shell 2021
Used by Van Dieman's Ink by permission of Ryn Shell

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