GUEST ARTIST: “The Flight” by Daniliuc Ionut-Alin

World Watercolor Month - Watercolour Painting by Daniliuc Ionut-Alin - Doodlewash

My name is Daniliuc Ionut-Alin and I was born in Falticeni, Romania and currently live in Castellón de la Plana, Spain. When I was in the primary school, I discovered my talent for painting. I think I was 5 or 6 years young. When I was in 7th class, I had my fist exhibition, in the school where I was learning, at 13 years old.

After I finished primary school, I had a very hard exam for 3 days, for entering on College of Arts in Suceava city. In those for years on the collage, I had the fortune to have a very good professor. This professor has taught me all the techniques: watercolour, oil, tempera, acrylic, etc. Not all my colleagues had this good fortune. Then, the College sent me to the National Olympics of Art, in Cluj-Napoca city, one of the most beautiful cities of Romania, a medieval city.

This was my first professional experience in the Arts. I was 18 years old. After college, I had again a very hard exam for 2 days, to enter the University of Industrial Design in Bucharest. In the same time, I went to 2 universities: Architecture and Industrial Design.  This was a very beautiful period of my life. I learned so many things here, and I’ve met so many interesting people, intellectuals, professors, academicians and friends.

My dream was to be a car designer, so i was drawing and sketching every day. Here, I discovered the real watercolour, because I use it on rendering design projects. When I finished the University, I moved to Spain.

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Here I’ve started to paint watercolours every day. Since then, I think that this watercolour is my calling. To become a watercolourist, traveling and painting, discovering new places, new people every day!

World Watercolor Month - Watercolour Painting by Daniliuc Ionut-Alin - Doodlewash

Today, I am an industrial designer, but I have a lot of interesting job experiences, like furniture design, product design, architecture, identity design, logo design or tattoo artist.

I discovered my passion for watercolour when I was an industrial student, and the technique of watercolour was often used. After some years dedicated to watercolour, I have solo exhibitions and group exhibitions (Hungary, Hong Kong, Slovakia, India, Albania, Italy, Romania, etc).

World Watercolor Month - Watercolour Painting by Daniliuc Ionut-Alin - DoodlewashI use both Daniel Smith and Schmincke Horadam colours, only Arches paper, 180 and 300 gr, and Petit Gris Pur brushes. Buy always the best materials, because the differences are great. I prefer sketching and painting on location, because if I make photos and then use watercolours, I will have problems with the details.

There will be so many details, and this is a big challenge. So, if you make a fast sketch, and when you get home you start the watercolour, it will be more easy and more professional.

When it comes to inspiration, I have a big weakness for airports and airplanes. For me, an airport is a place that you can paint in so many ways, no matter the weather. You can easily make the atmosphere you want. The place helps you, because you have a lot of reflections, lights, shadows etc.

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My second inspiration comes from people.

I love painting portraits, different characters of people, different types of traditional clothing.

World Watercolor Month - Watercolour Painting by Daniliuc Ionut-Alin - Doodlewash

Nothing can compare with a job of traveling and painting.

World Watercolor Month - Watercolour Painting by Daniliuc Ionut-Alin - Doodlewash

At present, I don’t have enough time for painting watercolours, because of my job, but my dream is still to be a watercolourist, traveling and painting every day! I’m sure that it will happen soon. You must follow your dream, no matter the consequences.

Daniliuc Ionut-Alin
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15 Comments
  1. Nicole Douthit 9 months ago

    Stunning paintings….a beautiful story too!

  2. Diana Boanas 9 months ago

    such talent ! A joy to study

  3. paparadu 9 months ago

    Extraordinar! Salut from Radu in Asia

  4. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 9 months ago

    Your work is vibrant and beautiful, Daniliuc. I enjoyed reading your story. Best wishes as you continue to pursue your passion for painting and travel.

  5. Absolutely beautiful art.

  6. Catnip Blog 9 months ago

    Spectacular work and so interesting that both airplanes and people are what draw you – a reflection of both what humans can make and who humans are.

  7. Michelle Irizarry 9 months ago

    Just stunning work! WOW

  8. Hania 9 months ago

    Beautiful story and artwork! Your subject matter is quite unique, just lovely!

  9. Lou Baggett 9 months ago

    I think you are am excellent watercolorist. If you ever decide to give workshops, I would love to learn from you.

  10. Jean Marmo 9 months ago

    Just beautiful!

  11. dianegklock 9 months ago

    Wonderful article , thanks for sharing your art journey with us. I love your artwork especially the airplanes as I tend to travel a lot . It is also wonderful that you have tried many mediums and enjoy painting many subject matter . “Keep your brush wet and your sketchbook by your side “

  12. Elizabeth Metz 6 months ago

    Your portraits are totally compelling for me. That little glance! Best wishes on your watercolor journey. <3

  13. Susan Cuss 6 months ago

    Thank you for sharing your story. Your art is fabulous! Keep following your dream.

  14. Jennifer McLean 6 months ago

    I love your use of muted colors, it gives your paintings such atmosphere.

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