Archive for June, 2012

Jun 28

How to Paint Icy Landscape in Chinese Painting or Sumi-e – Frozen Niagara Falls

chinese painting This video introduce a special techinique using alum-water to paint icy or snowy scenery landscape in Chinese painting, which was first developed by master Yu Zhixue in NE China.

Materials List

1. Single ply Red Star Xuan Rice Paper
2. Badger Hair Brush
3. Winter Wolf Hair Brush
4. Sheep Hair Brush
5. Yi-te-ge Bottled Chinese Ink
6. Alum powder diluted in water
7. Wool Felt Pad
8. Magnetic White Board
9. Mini Magnetic Paperweights
10. Clean Ice Water
11. Porcelain Brush Rest
12. Porcelain Flower Shaped Palette
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Jun 28

Chinese Origami

chinese crafts In Chinese New Year, people like bless each other and like some blessing pocket origami to dress up their home.

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Jun 28

Forbidden City: Chinese Calligraphy Brush Sets for Beginners / Custom Box Sets #1

chinese calligraphy Chinese Calligraphy and painting supplies Forbidden City – Four Treasures video episodes – Discussing the combinations of brush sets and kits with Robert Bo, Dallas, Texas – worlds largest wholesale of Four Treasures

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Jun 28

Lecture 1 – Introduction and Pre-Han Pictorial Art

chinese art I begin by introducing my three major teachers, and go on to outline the background of the series: early attempts at histories of Chinese Painting, photographing and cataloguing projects carried out in the 1960s-70s, changing ideas about how art history should be constructed and written. I introduce Ernst Gombrich as a model for the kind of art-historical narrative I will attempt, but also emphasize the strong tradition of critical and historical writing in China that underlies my account. This first lecture ends with a brief introduction to early pictorial art in China: Neolithic painted pots, hunting-style bronzes, the earliest paintings on silk from Changsha.

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Jun 25

Traditional Chinese Painting

chinese painting this is how traditional Chinese Paintings are painted in China.

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Jun 25

Bamboo Craft with Chinese Character

chinese crafts We can actually use bamboo to make a lot of tool and items for our daily live.

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Jun 25

Chinese calligraphy “dragon”

chinese calligraphy Dragon written in a Chinese Calligraphy demo

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Jun 25

This Is The Best Art Performance – From China ( Thousand-hand ~ Guan Yin ~ 千手观音 )

chinese art Guanyin or Kwanyin, the Goddess of Mercy.

~ China Disabled People’s Performing Art Troupe, “Thousand-hand Guan Yin” Guan Yin is a Chinese goddess.Feeling music through speakers and guided by hand gestures, a troupe of deaf dancers in Beijing take steps to champion the rights of disabled people across the world ~

” Being deaf and mute, these disabled female performers endure pain and suffering in vigorous training, simply to deliver a message of love to mankind. ”

Guanyin or Kwanyin (aka), the Goddess of Mercy also known by Westerners as the Chinese Goddess of love and compassion has long occupied a unique place not only in Buddhism, but also in Chinese culture. The Chinese word “Guanyin is an abbreviation of “Guan shi yin” which denotes” seeing the voice of the world if rendered literally. Such a deity can be called as the deity who looks in every direction or the “Regarder of the cries of suffering beings”.

According to legend, Guanyin, the youngest daughter of a king, defied her father when he sought a husband for her. The angry king sent her away to a monastery with instructions that she should be compelled to obey. This only strengthened her resolve. So the king set fire to the monastery and ordered her execution when she was caught sitting erect reciting sutras. As she was about to be beheaded, the sword broke into two and a tiger from nowhere carried her away to a forest.

One day from afar she saw the king was sick and not responding to treatment, so she severed her arms and eyes to sacrifice them for him. The grieved king besought heaven and earth to make his daughter whole again. Soon, Guanyin had arms and eyes by the thousand, and bowing before her father, she urged him to practise good deeds to which the king readily agreed.

Actually legends have Guanyin in various forms. But the story of the Goddess in this one-thousand-hand form has had an immense appeal. Thus the thousand-hand deity is no longer an exclusive religious symbol but has become a popular cultural icon to religious followers and common folks alike.

The legendary Thousand-hand Guanyin as interpreted by the special artists plucked the heartstrings of the audience. In their rendition of the legendary goddess, they not only demonstrated their superb dancing skills in perfect unison with elegant and forceful movements, but attained a ye higher level to turn it into a live myth full of artistic appeal and stirring power on the stage.

Though we only saw one leading dancer on the stage, we saw in our mind’s eye a whole collective where 21 troupe members fused together as one human being with one shared heart. What we saw on the stage was the one Thousand-hand Guanyin, serene, holy and beautiful, that existed in each of the dancers’ hearts. While enjoying the colourful performance, we experienced a profound sense of tranquility and composure, a process of cleansing and purification of our souls.

We spetators can hardly imagine how much time and effort these artists must have invested in bringing about such a unique work of art. And only a collective with all its crew members bound together in unity, harmony and friendliness could make it.

The image of the Thousand-hand Guanyin is symbolic of maternal love and infinite compassion.

And the enlightenment we gain from the performance itself is that people with disabilities are also creators of both material and spiritual wealth. Such a spirit of perseverance in pursuing and creating a better life in the face of adversity should be followed by all of us.

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Jun 25

The Traditional Shinto Wedding Of Japan

Japanese wedding customs is considered as one of the oldest forms of wedding traditions around the world, much like the traditional Chinese wedding. But because of the influence of Western culture, the traditional Japanese wedding, or Shinto wedding, have now been widely replaced by modern Western-style wedding ceremonies. However, Shinto wedding celebration are still practiced in some parts of the country. So is the traditional way of Japanese weddings? Shinto Wedding In either case, may it be the shinto wedding or western-style wedding, the couple must first be legally married by filing for marriage at their local government office, and the official documentation must be produced in order for the ceremony to be held. Before ever getting married there are two types of mate selection that may occur with the couple:

  • Miai – or the arranged marriage
  • Ren ai – or a love match

The traditional Japanese wedding, or Shinto wedding, involves painting the Japanese wife-to-be white from head to toe, visibly declaring her maiden status to the gods. There are also the traditional head dresses that the couples may use. There are traditionally two head dresses, one is the watab?shi, a white hood; the other, called the tsunokakushi, serves to hide the bride’s ‘horns of jealousy.’ It also symbolizes the bride’s intention to become a gentle and obedient wife. Traditional Japanese wedding customs (shinzen shiki) involve an elaborate ceremony held at a Shinto shrine. Japanese weddings are being increasingly extravagant with all the elaborate details placed into thought. However, in some cases, younger generations choose to abandon the formal ways by having a “no host party” for a weddingIn this situation, the guests include mainly of the couple’s friends who pay an attendance fee.
Westernized Japanese Wedding Celebration In recent years, the “Western Style Wedding” (influenced by Christian weddings) has become the choice of most couples in Japan.An industry has sprung up, dedicated to providing couples with a ceremony modeled after church rituals. Japanese western style weddings are generally held in a chapel, either in a simple or elaborate ceremony, often at a dedicated wedding chapel within a hotel.
The service is given either in Japanese, English or quite often, a mix of both. It follows Protestant ceremony, relaxed and not overtly religious. After the reading, there is a prayer and a short message, explaining the sanctity of the wedding vows (seiyaku). The bride and groom share their vows and exchange rings. The chapel register is signed and the new couple is announced. This is often followed by the traditional wedding kiss. The service can conclude with another hymn and a benediction. For more information visit to our site at

Beverly Huffine


Jun 25

Chinese Cooking Supplies – Things You Need Before Learning Chinese Cuisine

Chinese cooking calls for the highest of creative culinary preparations and forms of presenting dishes besides asking for a basic set of Chinese cooking supplies. If you are one of the many people who crave the taste of authentic Chinese meals and want to whip up delicious dishes with a distinct Oriental taste, you’d be better off hoping for the perfect recipe achievement if you know how to draw the best out of this rich and varied culture of Chinese cooking, almost an art-form!

The lovers of Chinese food abound everywhere in the world, irrespective of geographical boundaries and ethnic orientations because the generous dose of spices and cultural limitations. The highly spiced and true Chinese dishes are cooked with the intention of serving all kinds of palates! Thus, the whole culture of using Chinese cooking supplies along with knowledge of the appropriate dining etiquette and suitable dishes for festival time besides specific uses of Chinese herbs and flavors according to their individual properties is what has popularized this cuisine globally.

When we speak about authentic Chinese cooking supplies being essential to bringing out the right flavors and nutrients in a dish, we are actually referring to the purchase and use of the appropriate utensils and other paraphernalia that professional chefs in China are accustomed to using for preparation of top-class Chinese meals. Thus, some basic Chinese cooking supplies that will add authenticity to the whole picture of preparing and presenting a Chinese meal include a wok, tang chi, iron Palette, rolling pin and the obvious – chopsticks! There are many more, but these few items form the basic list of necessary cooking gear used in Chinese meal preparation and eating with chopsticks an art that replaces using cutlery like forks and knives, which the Chinese despise as they associate it with hostility and their chopsticks are symbols of compassion and generosity. At times, foreigners find it difficult to use chopsticks during a meal but the Chinese love it as it is believed they add flavor and fun to eating noodles.

Among the most useful of Chinese cooking utensils is the Wok; it has many uses and is generally used for an array of services such as stir frying, steam-cooking, making stews and giving food a smoked flavor! Broad, sharp knives are favored by Chinese chefs for multipurpose chopping, dicing and carving meat, veggies and fruit dishes besides to julienne special stir-fried foods. A favored way of cooking buns, chicken and meat is steaming while noodles are boiled in sieves made of wire.

The conventional form of cooking Chinese meals using Chinese cooking supplies provides for health, happiness and balance in all aspects of enjoying a meal and therefore the stress laid on acquiring and using utensils that help cook the food right, fast and in flavorful manner – be it commercially or in a home-kitchen.

Abhishek Agarwal