Archive for February, 2012

Feb 14

Yan Zhenqing 顏真卿 Chinese Calligraphy lesson

chinese calligraphy Free online Yan Zhenqing models http://www.shufawest.us/models/index.html (for beginners)
Yan Zhenqing dictionary http://www.shufawest.us/zidian/zidian.html

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Feb 14

White Rabbit – Contemporary Chinese Art Collection – Samstag Museum of Art, UniSA

chinese art 15 July – 30 September 2011. Original music by Zhaohong Liang from the School of Chinese Music and Arts. Used by permission.

Sydney’s amazing White Rabbit Contemporary Chinese Art Collection is dedicated to works of art created after 2000, and is one of the most significant collections of contemporary Chinese Art in the world.

In 2011, the Year of the Rabbit, the Samstag Museum is delighted to present a major exhibition of selected works from the White Rabbit Collection, for the Adelaide Festival Centre’s 2011 OzAsia Festival.

The White Rabbit exhibition provides an exciting window to the diversity and power of contemporary art practice in China, showcasing works in very different media — painting, sculpture, animation, new media and installation — by artists Yan Baishen, Sun Furong, Bu Hua, Shi Jindian, Wu Junyong, Huang Keyi /Chen Zhuo, Shen Liang, Zhou Xiaohu, Cang Xin, Bai Yiluo, Dong Yuan and Wang Zhiyuan.

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Feb 10

Question about Chinese Brush Painting?

I’ve been dabbling in Chinese brush painting but I can’t quite figure out how or what the orange/red seal-like thing is that most of them have. Its usually found under the writing. Is there some sort of stamp that makes that? Just curious. Thanks!

Stamps can be custom ordered for your art and say whatever you want. They were usually used to show the provenance of a work. In other words who owned it because the red seal has their name or family mark. The artists signature is painted on in ink, the seal does not usually belong to the artist but it can if the artist wants to stamp the work. some times a stamp is decorative a may be an animal
symbol for a family instead of characters.

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Feb 10

why was chinese civilization so advanced?

I know how people ponder why the chinese ultimately fell so far behind in technology, and i know the answer to that, and the reason is an oppressive government which restricted rights to technological and scientific advancement. Now onto my question. How did china get so advanced in the first place? Around 2300 years ago, when no one in Europe or the Middle East got into advanced crafting the Chinese had already produced a whole army of terracotta warriors carved from stone. Current estimates are that in the three pits containing the Terracotta Army there were over 8,000 soldiers, 130 chariots with 520 horses and 150 cavalry horses. It was not until the mid-1700′s in Europe that such feats of metallurgy and advanced craft were achieved in Britain, the technically most advanced country of Europe. In china ancient statues were forged from furnaces thousands of years before anybody else in the world got the idea. What made the chinese civilization so advanced, so productive? they had tons of innovators, they understood the laws of mechanics completely more than a thousand years before europeans did. What was the cause of this? I was interested in this question when i watched Guns, Germs and Steel, and i wondered what makes some more advanced than others, what advantages did Europe and Asia have over the rest of the world?

Agriculture, they had advance farming technology, cast iron tools and beasts of burden to pull plows. Large scale water irrigation systems.

Once food was mass produced and a reliable source of nourishment the people could concentrate on other activities… exploration, war, inventions, philosophy…

European civilization was in war mode before agriculture was fully developed Rome, Greek, Gauls, Persia, Egypt, Carthage and the Macedonia…. Chinese was in war mode after agriculture was fully developed.

Shang and Zhou dynasties functioned with relativity minor war campaigns. Spring and Autumn rise in population… Hegemony kingdoms and absorbing of lesser cultures. Warring States period was next where massive armies and war wreaked havoc within China.
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The Xia dynasty was the earliest Chinese dynasty written in historical records, though some claim it to be a mythological dynasty. Supposedly 2205 to 1766 BC. Egypt holds the record for the earliest civilization at 3000 BC.

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Feb 10

Is there any difference between Japanese and Chinese calligraphy brushes and ink?

Also, why is it advised to use dry ink instead of bottled ink (liquid)?

I believe that there are slight differences, but nothing a novice would notice. I use both Chinese and Japanese brushes. Bottled ink has more glue in it and so it will tend to clog up the inkstone, but if you use dry ink, it takes over an hour to prepare the ink before you start (they say it calms the spirit to do so). At the school I attend nearly everybody uses bottled ink.

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Feb 10

Where can i translate English word into Chinese art for tattoo ?


http://www.google.com/language_tools?hl=en

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Feb 06

where can i find a chinese painting step by step guide?


You can try the following sites:

http://www.amazon.com/Chinese-Brush-Painting-Step/dp/1581802072

http://www.orientalartsupply.com/products/books_stepbystep.cfm

http://store.doverpublications.com/by-subject-art-art-instruction-1.html

http://www.powells.com/cgi-bin/biblio?inkey=1-0806955090-2

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Feb 06

the chinese guys that sit on the sidewalks making names/statues out of metal wire?

whats that craft called?

Wire sculpture.

I’ve done a lot of that, myself. Some of my favorites were a dancing harem girl, a blue whale, a chicken weilding a sword, a centaur and a swashbuckling aligator.

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Feb 06

Do You Do Traditional Chinese Calligraphy?

Is there anybody out there who does Chinese Painting and Calligraphy.
I run a profitless site traditional Chinese Calligraphy . com and I am looking for people to teach or show me their aork. I wish to learn. But it sems to the English there are so few people who can help.
I wonder if you can. I run the forum and Galery but I cannot find people who do this art form.

I was in Covent Garden craft market last weekend and there were a couple of chinese calligraphers at work there, maybe it’s worth trying to find them and ask if they are able to teach.

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Feb 06

What do Chinese poetry and art tell us about Chinese society?

What do Chinese poetry and art tell us about Chinese society? About women? What position did poets occupy in Chinese society?

For a short and brief respond to your question:

Chinese poetry and art told us that Chinese are intelligent people and they like to follow rules. This is proven when you look at the poetry and you will find that most phrases follow about the same numbers of character. Whereas in the U.S., this is not the case. Yet, it still creates the effect of the same meaning or expresses the author’s feeling with that limited rule.
In most aspect, Chinese poetry is not much different than U.S. poetry, both like to use a lot of metaphors and make the society feel that rule, family, and money are important to a person life and should be of valued.

There are not that many female poetry writers in China, I am assuming that male has a dominant power in the society and shows that males are portrayed as more intelligent.

Chinese people don’t use poet that much in life. They do it for flashback reasoning, pick up girl, writing love letter, teaching their kids what is right and wrong, learning styles for writing essay, intellectual purposes, and etc.

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