Blend­ing Tech­niques

Qian Xiao’s ex­pe­ri­ence with wa­ter­color paint­ing al­lows her to ex­plore the prop­er­ties of acrylics

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Qian Xiao’s ex­pe­ri­ence with wa­ter­color paint­ing al­lows her to ex­plore the prop­er­ties of acrylics

The themes of my works are sto­ries that oc­cur be­tween the en­vi­ron­ment and peo­ple and are closely re­lated to my life stage. Most of the time I live in Shen­zhen, China, a young city that grew rapidly. Dur­ing that time I am busy be­tween the ex­cite­ment and im­pact of re­al­ity and ideals. When I am in the back gar­den on the out­skirts of Que­bec, Canada, all the noises come to an abrupt end. The ar­ti­fi­cial things grad­u­ally dis­ap­peared, the time slowed down, and the fine­ness of na­ture flowed into my con­scious­ness. As my eyes moved, I be­gan to no­tice the ob­vi­ous but eter­nal re­la­tion­ship and re­ex­am­ined my­self. The theme of this stage of the work shifts from the strug­gle of the hero­ine in the street fash­ion to self-re­flec­tion

Hum­ming­bird IX, acrylic on fab­ric, 36 x 42" (90 x 106 cm) Beau­ti­ful jour­ney. In­spired by my self­made poly­mer clay jew­elry—i make my own wear and send them to my friends as gifts—it is like pick­ing a few wild­flow­ers to in­vig­o­rate the jour­ney. I use closerange color, mid-tone color scheme and bright­ness scheme to form a weaker con­trast ef­fect. In or­der to in­crease the ac­tiv­ity, some light and shadow were added to the char­ac­ters, and a poly­mer clay ear­ring was made for her.

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