Okay, all of the artists I share on here do beautiful work. A lot of them make me wish that I was as talented as they were, and some of them inspire me to change the way I think about my own work. But very few of them actually make me pick up my paint brush and actually get down to business. Yao Cheng is one of those select few.
I've been into watercolors for a while now, but I'm completely self taught. I was recently asked to teach a watercolor class at a local studio, and I decided that I should probably educate myself a little more on how the pros did it. While on my search, I came across this set of tutorials, and fell in love.
Yao's style is graceful, elegant, light, colorful, and modern. Her invitations are to die for, wonderfully designed and beautifully illustrated, and her abstract work is a dream. She made me totally rethink the watercolor medium with pieces like the one I'm sharing here.