Banana Trees by Sari Atika Sundari

Here’s another gorgeous doodlewash from the talented Sari Atika Sundari (@sari_atika) in Jakarta, Indonesia who’s previous post can be seen here. She visited an older friend of hers recently, who’s both a mentor and like a father. They often paint together, and he pointed out to her to pay close attention to the effects of each brush stroke. He also suggested that she should try to use only watercolors to paint, without using a pencil first. This is the result of that exercise! And it’s incredibly good!!

Her Instagram post inspired me to try doing the same, albeit with a much less complex subject (French macarons). (It’s wonderful being inspired by other doodlewashers!) She painted this with only watercolor, good paper, and a good mood. Pretty much all you need to make a great doodlewash! She says, “I’m not a perfectionist girl… but I try to be myself…without pencil or not…I do…I want… And I make something.” And what you make is incredibly beautiful, Sari! Keep DOing it! 

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  1. kirkistan 7 years ago

    Great image and useful copy. I’m going to try to pay attention to each brushstroke and to try without pencil. Those are great challenges for me.

    • Author

      Awesome Kirk! It’s a fun challenge and makes for a totally different type of sketch. Can’t wait to see yours!! 🙂

    • sariatikasundari 7 years ago

      Thanks ^_^ Mr.Kirk…sometime i used pencil..but sometime i just want watercolor.. Hehe…this about feeling ^_^ whatever..if you make a great one…

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  3. ann christina 7 years ago

    Such a beautiful picture!!! Love it´s misty atmosphere! Thanks for sharing it, and thanks for sharing these thoughts. Great advice. Makes me think that painting is about attentiveness mainly.

  4. Jodi 7 years ago

    Wow! Beautiful! And to do without a sketch underneath ! Amazing.

    • Author

      I know right?! Sari is crazy talented! Hehe…I loved this one the second I first saw it!

      • Jodi 7 years ago

        It is so hard to believe someone can make this in their head and do it without any outline. Crazy talented is right !!!

    • sariatikasundari 7 years ago

      Thanks Jodi^_^ i felt happy and relax if i painting…since i was child until now..not pressure…i don’t care about good or not..great or not…i just do it!!yeayy..^_^

      Until now i’m in searching my way in art…^_^

    • sariatikasundari 7 years ago

      This key if you wanna try….start with soft color …and then you can layering..

      Before that..i must look for object what i”ll painting…^^ you can imagine colour what you want..

  5. […] @sari_atika) in Jakarta, Indonesia whose previous posts can be seen here and here. She had an art camp event recently with her community of artist friends in KOLCAI (An Indonesian […]

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