Nov 16

Nine Goldfish in Free Style Chinese Painting by Henry Li

chinese painting 九如图 – Nine Goldfish is a good omen in Chinese, which suggests best fortune.

Materials List
Brush:Combination Brush of Goat and Wolf hairs,

Paper: single Xuan.
Paints: Marie’s Chinese Painting colors,
Ink: ground ink paste from tung oil soot Inkstick.
Glue Water: Peach Sap Glue Powder

* Translation of the corner seal: “Once you’ve gotten the fish you can forget the trap” which is a line from the Taolist master Chuang Tzu. He said:
“The fish trap exists because of the fish. Once you’ve gotten the fish you can forget the trap. The rabbit snare exists because of the rabbit. Once you’ve gotten the rabbit, you can forget the snare. Words exist because of meaning. Once you’ve gotten the meaning, you can forget the words. Where can I find a man who has forgotten words so I can talk with him?”
My interpretation: getting the right painting brush is necessary to paint the fish, but it is more important to captured the happy spirit of the fish. If you’ve gotten what I am trying to say, forget about my poor English words. :-)
I carved this seal 25 years ago when I was a graduate student in Nanjing University.

* If you like it I can make a seal like it for you.

Duration : 0:13:6

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  1. rffrgf says:

    very impresive …
    very impresive thanks for teaching how to use the brush … does look wonderful chinese pAINTING IS AWESOME….!

  2. yahuiangelchiang says:

    Awesome! Thank you …
    Awesome! Thank you for sharing…

  3. bichomorcilla says:

    no podrían subir …
    no podrían subir una version subtitulada a español?

  4. MsCobelolem says:

    Very injoyable …
    Very injoyable watching the strokes. Fishes are really dancing in the water!

  5. qoono123 says:


  6. ParagonPerfumes says:

    Beautiful. Thank …
    Beautiful. Thank you so much.
    Also, thanks to your wife for such great video taping.

  7. 2hopskipjump2 says:

    i love ink painting …
    i love ink painting, you have to be so brave to do it and have faith that it will turn out well!

  8. jisfruit says:

    I love all your …
    I love all your fish paintings including this one. :)

  9. tadsnana says:

    Wonderful, as …
    Wonderful, as always. Thank you for sharing your talent.

  10. irangel1958 says:

    this was wonderful …
    this was wonderful and thank you for the words of wisdom. I am always reading the Tao Te Ching or listening to it in the car. So much that the words have become the fish…
    I wonder could you do more videos in this style of painting, it is very inspiring.
    btw the silicone paper I got from your site is working beautifully for dry mounting

  11. earth2k8 says:

    Thank you – …
    Thank you – wonderful painting and painting lesson.

  12. Hamazan says:


  13. dipchips says:

    I like it very much …
    I like it very much,, nice inktones & colors. Very vivid.And then together with some nice calligraphy & red seal wow ! splendid spontanious painting.

  14. garibeiro says:

    Perfect very nice !
    Perfect very nice !

  15. MrHroark says:

    Nicely done Henry.. …
    Nicely done Henry…as always.

  16. demonokron says:

    very nice flow to …
    very nice flow to the picture