Chinese Brush Painting

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Learn the exquisite techniques and styles that make up Chinese brush painting. With its origins in the distant past, this type of painting is quite different from the Western approach, where the artist generally takes an overall view of a subject. Instead, with just a few brush strokes, you'll depict the spirit of whatever you're painting: just enough to make it recognizable and to convey its character.

Achieve qi (chi), often described as the "essence," in your paintings. Do ...

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Overview

Learn the exquisite techniques and styles that make up Chinese brush painting. With its origins in the distant past, this type of painting is quite different from the Western approach, where the artist generally takes an overall view of a subject. Instead, with just a few brush strokes, you'll depict the spirit of whatever you're painting: just enough to make it recognizable and to convey its character.

Achieve qi (chi), often described as the "essence," in your paintings. Do this by looking at the interplay between contrasts like dark and light, wet and dry, large and small, long and short, thick and thin, dense and sparse.

Try the variety of styles -- there's something for everyone. Ghonghi is often called outline or contour painting, while Xieyi is a freestyle or more "spiritual" form. Both place great importance on strokes and linework. Each mark you make with the brush is important as you'll use very few of them to depict a scene or subject. Pay careful attention to the white space surrounding them and their relationship to the edge of the page. This is one reason why you need to use paper that's the same size as the finished painting, instead of cutting it down afterwards. All of these techniques will help you convey a "fleeting moment," rather than every detail of a subject.

Experiment with different inks and colors -- the materials are appealing in themselves. Rather than just solid black, there are seven shades and five "colors" of ink (which, for example, range from "burnt" to "light dry"). You'll add a great deal of interest to your work with watercolor hues like sky blue, peony red, and autumn brown -- sometimes as a background wash, other times to give a hint of an object, such as leaves sweeping down from a branch. Your brush will dance across the paper, bringing your paintings to life.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781555217235
  • Publisher: Book Sales, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/1991
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 06
Equipment and Materials 09
Basic Steps 19
Flowers and Leaves 27
Fruit 45
Birds and Insects 55
Fish and Reptiles 65
Animals 77
Figures 85
Landscape 91
More Advanced Techniques 107
Completion 117
Conclusion 125
Index 126
Credits 128
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