How Artist "Benz & Chang" Uses Frisket & Monochromatic Watercolors to Create a Magical Vintage-Looking Painting
Guess what? That this is the 4th post in our "Oregon Artists Sharing Tips & Technique" series. We're happy to introduce to you artist, "Benz & Chang" who lives and works in South East Portland, Oregon and who uses monochromatic watercolors to create magical, vintage-looking paintings. He has had many experiences of spirits and hauntings since an early age which inspire the art he creates now days. His large collection of haunting and strange vintage photos also inspire his artwork. Today, he'll show us how he uses frisket and monochromatic colors to create a magical vintage-looking painting.
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Benz & Chang believe that the arts make the world a better place through shared experience and mutual understanding. The Benz & Chang paintings are “fake vintage photos” rendered with watercolor and/or walnut ink. They are dreamlike and figurative. Most of the paintings appear to be photos from the early 20th century, and they reward a second or third look with details that can be easy to miss. Figures appear with twins, crowns, wings, ghost limbs, halos, odd lights and shadows. Using this imagery, Benz and Chang explore transformative life experiences such as facing fear, making life-changing decisions, grieving losses, having mystical experiences, or confronting mortality.
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