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Tinder Alight - Perspectives No. 373

Tinder Alight

Perspectives No. 373

Timber Alight Coposite © Ye Wang
Composite of Step-by-Step Demonstration - Tinder Alight © Ye Wang

    The watercolor painting, Tinder Alight, by Ye Wang was featured in our recent article, Consumed by Fire. Ye Wang is one of several Midwestern artists who regularly photograph and paint the prescribed fires of the Flint Hills each spring. Wang was kind enough to send us a step-by-step demonstration on how he created this powerful work of a very difficult subject. Here is the painting in six steps with an introduction by Ye Wang.

   "I moved to Kansas from Windsor, Canada in 2004 for a job. There is not much of attractions here. But when you have stayed long enough, you will find lots of beauties in nature and fall in love with it.

   The first time I saw spring burning was at Skyline Park (Topeka, Kansas) in 2008. I was fascinated with the dramatic smoke, fire lines and soaring flames in the dark and took pictures for six hours that day. Since then I have been taking photos of spring burning every March and April. I just thought it was an unusual subject for photography. Four years later it occurred to me that I should paint prairie fire. I first used oil to paint fire, as the medium was easier to handle. I never painted on site—just painted from my photos in my studio. In 2015 I started to paint fire with watercolor, which I thought impossible. I experimented a lot and figured out some techniques to render the smoke and flames. They work just right."

Tinder Alight, 11 x 15", Watercolor, © Ye Wang, Step 1
Tinder Alight, 11 x 14" Watercolor © Ye Wang - Step One

Tinder Alight, 11 x 15", Watercolor, © Ye Wang, Step 2
Tinder Alight, 11 x 14" Watercolor © Ye Wang - Step Two

Tinder Alight, 11 x 15", Watercolor, © Ye Wang, Step 3
Tinder Alight, 11 x 14" Watercolor © Ye Wang - Step Three

Tinder Alight, 11 x 15", Watercolor, © Ye Wang, Step 4
Tinder Alight, 11 x 14" Watercolor © Ye Wang - Step Four

Tinder Alight, 11 x 15", Watercolor, © Ye Wang, Step 5
Tinder Alight, 11 x 14" Watercolor © Ye Wang - Step Five

Tinder Alight, 11 x 15", Watercolor, © Ye Wang, Step 6
Tinder Alight, 11 x 14" Watercolor © Ye Wang - Step Six


   See more of Ye Wang's work here:  https://www.yepaintings.com

 

 




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