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The Dumpling Makers

October 27, 2011

Here’s a sketch of the cooks at Qing Hua dumpling house here in Montreal.

The restaurant is small, and always crowded with people enjoying their dumplings. It’s kind of warm and homey, nothing special about the decor. Off to the side is this small window through which you can see a constant bustle of activity. People inside are working furiously, producing tray after tray of hand made dumplings. Each one perfectly sized and shaped, and very tasty!

I did this one (from my own photo reference) as a live painting demonstration at the general hospital. (We just recently participated in their annual fundraising art-show). Just for fun, I made a brief time lapse animation of the painting from start to finish.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. Caroline permalink
    October 27, 2011 4:54 PM

    Bonjour Marc
    J’ai découvert votre travail il y a peu de temps grâce au site d’Urban Sketchers. J’aime beaucoup ce que vous faites et je suis vos blogs régulièrement. Merci de nous faire partager vos peintures avec des petites vidéos démo. C’est vraiment très intéressant de voir les étapes de votre travail. J’espère qu’il y en aura beaucoup d’autres? Bravo. Caroline (Marseille-France)

    • tarosan permalink*
      October 27, 2011 5:12 PM

      Excusez mon Google – français. Merci pour votre visite – très heureux d’être atteint, même en France! J’espère continuer à faire ces vidéos oui – j’ai mis en place un nouveau chevalet pour le rendre plus facile. Alors oui, c’est mon plan. Mais peut-être il ne fera que révéler comment l’aquarelle facile peut être:)

      Pardon my Google – French. Thanks for stopping by – great to be reaching France! I hope to keep on doing these videos yes – I’ve put together a new easel to make it easier. So yes, that’s my plan. But maybe it will only reveal how easy watercolor can be :)

      • Caroline permalink
        October 27, 2011 5:26 PM

        Thanks for your quick answer. And sorry for my bad english… You say : “But maybe it will only reveal how easy watercolor can be”. Ah ah I prefer to say “watercolor seems to be easy but It wasn’t so easy..” ;o) Caroline from France

  2. October 28, 2011 3:33 PM

    Bravo, bravo, bravo. Thank you for the “Magic wand is making magic” video.

  3. carlos ramirez permalink
    December 26, 2011 10:23 PM

    Beautiful work and terrific video, great fun to watch.

  4. September 18, 2013 1:31 AM

    This is impresive!!
    You make it look like so fluid and easy.
    I wonder what kind of paper is it, grams/lbs

    • marctaro permalink*
      September 18, 2013 9:02 PM

      I use a lot of different brands, but always 140lb cold press watercolor. I couldn’t say if it was arches, or a cheaper brand – it’s been a while :)


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