Hello, my name is Brian Tai and I am a self-taught artist specializing in watercolour (follow me on Instagram and Facebook!). I am currently 40 years of age and I am Malaysian. I have a degree in Physics studies. I started to learn art when I was 13 years old. The reason I went for art lessons was to get higher marks in a school art exam. 

#WorldWatercolorGroup - Watercolor by Brian Tai - #doodlewash

As time past, I began to develop interest in art, especially watercolour. I enjoy the colour combination, the watercolour effects which are amazing!! My art tutor is a patient person. I really thank him for all of his teaching as he demonstrated most of the paintings to me before I painted them. This is the main source of my knowledge and technique to paint watercolour.

#WorldWatercolorGroup - Watercolor by Brian Tai - #doodlewashMy artwork subjects are inclusive of landscape, cityscape, scenery, nature, plant and flowers. My style is focused on light and shadow because I like the contrast effect of watercolour which make the painting look vivid and realistic. I also like to add some objects like people and cars to the painting. I am getting many positive responses from friends about the way I paint which motivates me to continue my journeys in art. 

I usually paint my focus point (main subject of the piece) in detail and others part of the painting make it simple or a blur (usually applying a wet on wet technique). This technique will enhance the focus of viewer’s attention towards the focus point of your artworks.

Times changes a person’s thinking. It happens to me as well. When I was young, bright colour (like yellow, orange, and red) were always my favorite because it makes the painting look brighter and happier. As I mature, I’m beginning to apply colours like brown, navy blue, dark blue, dark brown, grey, and dark red as it make my painting look more premier and higher standard. 

#WorldWatercolorGroup - Watercolor by Brian Tai - #doodlewash

I usually use a Chinese brush for details and a big flat brush for the blur part to make it simple and smooth. My favorite colours are Winsor & Newton watercolour because of its high lightfastness. For paper, I always use cold press St. Cuthberts Mill which suits my painting style. I use Arches only for commissioned paintings or exhibitions due to its price.

The size of my artwork is usually 12″ x 16″ and 20″ x 16″ A2. My mallee painting is 5″ x 7″ which is a commissioned painting for a cafe. I’ve done one large painting of fruits & vegetables for my friend’s dining table decoration that’s circular (42″ in diameter). It took me 2 months to complete and it is commissioned. I also did one 100cm x 100cm sunrise painting for my friend’s office. In the coming months, I will do a few more paintings for customers who are moving into a new house.

#WorldWatercolorGroup - Watercolor by Brian Tai - #doodlewash

Once in a while, I do acrylic, oil painting and pencil sketching too. I did many watercolour & ink sketches of buildings and nature. I like it when people find inspiration in my art. For instance, many friend’s feedback to me that my landscape painting let them refresh and feel nostalgia for a place they went before, their hometown, etc. One of my demo paintings of a “tree” for my students made them recall a time when they were a teenager and knew of a similar tree! 

#WorldWatercolorGroup - Watercolor by Brian Tai - #doodlewash

The is value to art and the same time I made many new friends through art from all over the world. Last, but not least, I enjoy doing art and hope all of you will enjoy my painting and the work of other artists.

Brian Tai
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Posted by:Charlie O'Shields (doodlewash)

Creator of Doodlewash® and founder of World Watercolor Month™ (July) and World Watercolor Group™. Sharing daily watercolor illustrations and stories while proudly featuring talented artists from all over the world!

3 replies on “GUEST DOODLEWASH: Capturing The Light

  1. Brian, I love the way your paintings are vigorous with life and how you trust the water and paint to take the each painting to its own destination. There is a lot of power in each scene, caused in part by your economy of control (hard to do!) and explosion of color.

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