Jun 21, 2012

The Red Fighter...

My favorite Red Fighter fish..... Poster Color on Paper
I saw a similar work (using palette knife on canvas) on the net. I attempted something similar to amuse my daughter...


Some of my friends wanted to know what these “Poster colors” are and why that seems to be my favorite medium.
 Poster colors are basically water soluble colors. Unlike water colors that are transparent, poster colors are very much opaque and give a smooth matt tone. They dry fast and have a uniform spread. With a little skill and by varying the use of water you can also get a water color effect. Now a days the poster bottles also come in the name of “Tempera colors” and are primarily used in art classes at schools.
In my younger days I had experimented with many paint mediums. But now I don’t get the luxury of time. Poster colors are ideal as they are opaque and quick drying and I can finish my paintings in less than an hour.
If you had observed closely, I have used not more than 6 colors in all my recent works. The reason is that, I am using the Poster color box intended for my daughter (she is into crayons and water color!) I am using a single amateur brush that came with the box.
Hopefully, I might buy a full set of paints and a few professional brushes one of these days!

42 comments:

  1. Great work! My son had those when he was small.

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  2. Creative and artistic amusement !

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  3. Hieno ja taiteellinen...
    Viihdyke parhaasta päästä.
    Mukavasti puna-hetulat heiluu.
    Eko

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  4. It more than amuses me. I think it's wonderful.

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  5. Hello Ashok:) Very impressive! Like the colors and the way you painted the fish. Beautiful! Question: What kind of color is poster color? Never heard of it?

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  6. This is indeed wonderful, Ahsok!
    Truly so unique and creative.

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  7. I am horrified that little ones like such things..

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  8. A beautiful creation. I am sure your daughter relates those fins to frilly dress. Every young girl does. I know. :)

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  9. Am I imagining it or the fish seems to be smiling?

    I was about to ask if you are particularly fond of poster colors and my question has been answered. I am not a regular with paintings especially after I discovered my passion for writing but whenever I do take to painting I try to use many colors. Unfortunately most of my art pieces turn dark and eerie. Yikes!

    Anyways, do you also use oil pastels? I love using these. They give a kind of rough, crude look which I seem to like. I get why you prefer using poster colors. They give a painting very natural look. Many a times, I end up using these colors without water. Another coloring medium I am fond of are the acrylic colors. The best thing about them is that I can use these straight from the tube, no paint brush needed and they end up giving a very neat, clear painting.

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    1. sui, why dont you post your paintings?

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    2. Hmmm...I will one day. There isn't much to show though.

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  10. I usual use poster colors for my paintings back and it’s easy to get what color we need by combining two three colors.

    Very catchy fish here and impressive art! We had fighter fishes once and used to put them in bottles to make fight with another.

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  11. That's a lovely painting! It just reminded me of my fighter fish at home. :)

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  12. Beautiful painting!

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  13. Hello Ashok:) Thank you so much for explaining about the poster colors. I had no idea! You make beautiful paintings with "your" color box! How nice your daughter is also going into art. You must be proud! Thanks a lot!

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  14. Brilliant, astounding Ashok.

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  15. Looks awesome Ashok. I'd love to see what you do with professional paints. Again, last post drawing is marvelous!

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  16. வல்லவனுக்கு புல்லும் ஆயுதம்!!!

    It doesn't matter, whether it is a professional brush or a normal one, your work is always brilliant!

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    1. Anonymous6:57 PM

      Nandri Gynani :)

      ashok

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  17. I own a fighting fish and it really does look like that. His name is Gary and his wife is Susan.

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  18. Amazing fighting fish ,very well done and wonderful colours !!!
    Thank you and for your very kind comment about my own work !!!
    Have a nice weekend and see you again !!!

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  19. poster color are actually one of my favorites, thought I haven't used them for awhile. thanks for this refresher and lively painting!

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  20. Wow - what a great fish painting.

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  21. A fantastic picture!

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  22. Lovely work ~ And thanks for explaining the use of poster colors. My daughter is into arts herself ~

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  23. My brother,
    I think most of us in our lives had a fish like that. Your talent is of great humility and kindness. Don't ever change!! Great job as always. Thanks for sharing.

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  24. Nice painting as usual...lovely!

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  25. what an impressive fish! I like painting with poster colours, too

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  26. Una maravilla de color. Enhorabuena

    fus

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  27. lovely :) amazed to know that yours beautiful paintings are yet to get the touch of those professional brushes

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  28. Absolutely fantastic !

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  29. So brilliant so interesting, Beautiful fish.

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  30. so beautiful ...

    thanks ashok

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  31. Art is all about experimenting and finding what is right and comfortable for you. There is joy and energy in this red fish - and I enjoyed looking through your bog.

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  32. oh wow! a brilliant experiment and a superb result. I just love the fish ...

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  33. Wow, you can do that with kids paint? That's wonderful! I have poster paint, too...cheap acrylics for kids also and believe it or not, my friends liked my work and could not tell which were done with more pricey paints. Funny how that works, huh? You, I believe, could paint a masterpiece in any medium! Thanks for sharing your work and your stories. :-)

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