it must be one of my favourite shops in london, l. cornelissen stocks art materials, but not just like your regular art shop, its a specialist in all types of mediums, from inks, to watercolours, to gouache etc…. there are bottles, jars, tins, tubes of everything that you would ever need. the problem is that i didnt even know what you used most of the things for! its definitely a place for inspiring your creativity – i have decided to buy some calligraphy pens with the beautiful shades of sepia ink (in gorgeous bottles of course) and try them out in the beautiful sketch books that they stock. what a brilliant present to buy somebody interested in art, a starter kit in drawing or painting with a lovely notebook – perfect for any young teenager or budding artist! its also such a beautiful shop to be in and the staff so helpful and knowledgeable. I hope it never changes, modernises – just stay as inspiring as it also has been to me.
I have been trying out Chinese brush painting with ink and watercolour – the right brush definitely helps as its about using your brush , turning and splaying out the hairs to produce the marks – watching a professional is fascinating and of course they make it look so easy. I started online with the Chinese Community Centre in Chinatown with zoom classes and not only do you learn a lot, but you are helping keep the community centre thriving. my teacher during those classes William Cai does the most beautiful paintings – one day – practice makes perfect. these were my attempts.