Painting Bread: Watercolor

See the process of watercolor painting AND baking sourdough bread! This video weaves together how a grandmother baking sourdough bread inspired a watercolor painting. (Prof Lieu’s mother in law, the “Bread Fairy.”)

By showing and explaining the painting process, the artist comes to see that the bread is much more that just a loaf of bread. Demo led by Art Prof Clara Lieu.

Video Walkthrough

  • Dry brushing techniques
  • Painting texture & pattern
  • Objects with a history
  • Critique from a former prof
  • Strong response on social media
  • Building up many incremental layers of watercolor
  • Ending the painting sooner than you think you should
  • Advantages of a watercolor block
  • Sumi brushes vs. watercolor brushes
  • Using markers as “training wheels” to get settled into watercolor
  • Intent & meaning of a painting
  • Inspiration from family & food
Clara Lieu, Bread Fairy
Clara Lieu, Bread Fairy

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