Tagged: Chinese painting

May 29

The Chinese Arts Spoken in English, for English Speaking Students. “It makes sense!”

chinese art The Chinese Art Channel explained in Plain English, for English Speaking People.
Someone recently complained to me that most Chinese Art Channels on YouTube are all in full spoken Chinese. “What use is this to me. It’s useless. I speak English like everyone else in the West.”
This is a dilemma and a short-sightedness of those irresponsibly handling what is supposed to be an international arena of shared leisure and spiritual pass-time but moreover, a way of life. on the other hand, you can at least watch the method, though I admit, many Chinese Art videos spent long periods of time explaining things about the brush, its handling and so on, for long long periods of time, all in full blasting Chinese.
I am as clueless as anyone else when it comes to such education but at least the Chinese can benefit from this. I hope anyway. There are many languages in China. The on commonality is the Written language.
Chinese Bamboo Painting Education for English Speaking Students.
A little lesson in Bamboo Representation in China. I ama lways intrigued with the degree of variance one can find even in spontaneous painting Chinesewise with bamboo.
It is singularly one of the most painted plants of China.
Here is lesson TWO about the Symbology and attitude towards Chinese Bamboo.

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May 20

Chinese Painting Tutorial: Spotted Owl (selling on eBay)

chinese painting Sumi ink and watercolor on Japanese Rice Paper. Brushes used: set of three fountain brush pens: wolf hair brush for the feather and tree trunk; nylon brush for details and tree leaves; combination brush for the color washes.
Sumi ink, Piston-filler Water Brush Pens, Japanese rice paper and Chinese Painting supplies are available at http://www.BlueHeronArts.com

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May 17

How to Paint Daylily in Traditional Chinese Painting Using Hake Brush

chinese painting Medium: Hake Brush, Marie’s Chinese Painting colours(Orange, Cinnabar, Vermilion, Gamboge, Indigo, Rouge) and Ink on Mulberry Paper.
All supplies can be found at http://www.BlueHeronArts.com
To purchase a set of 3 hake brushes, please click the following link
http://www.blueheronarts.com/product_info.php?products_id=214 for more info.

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Jan 28

How to Draw Dragonfly – a Chinese Painting Tutorial

chinese painting silhouette dragonfly painting

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Jan 24

Painting Plum Blossom Chinese Hanging Scroll with Rooster Feather Brush

chinese painting Available on DVD now! http://www.blueheronarts.com/product_info.php?products_id=439
This plum blossom painting conclude the “Four Gentlemen” hanging scroll series. I have tried very hard to take advantage of the green screen trick that I have just learned to give the viewer some idea about spirit of plum blossoms which bloom in the snow. I found theses nice pictures on the internet AFTER I have done the painting and in the video editing process to make it look like I was painting in front of those beautiful flowers instead of the green screen. I wish it helps you to get the essence of Chinese plum blossom painting. Let me know what do you think.

The brush that I used for this plum painting is made of rooster feather. It worked out just as I expected – to loosen up control over details and concentrate on the oneness of all strokes and the wholesome image in my mind. I love the rich texture generated by dry feather brush on the trunk and the bouncing twigs produced by sensitive feather tip.
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Dec 03

How to Paint Trees in Chinese Brush Painting with Watercolor and Sumi Ink

chinese painting This video in an new interpretation of the basic “four branches” concept of traditional Chinese brush painting in painting trees. You may search Youtube to find many computer generated trees and landscapes based on a very simple fractal element. In my view traditional Chinese painting is the prototype of fractal design, which emphasized on training of some simple “fractal” sets to achieve spontaneous artistic creation. Please see this Youtube video about our fractal universe:

Those fractal sets or elements of traditional Chinese landscape painting has been passed down from master to students and practiced generation after generation. You can find these painting rules and principles in the classic text Musdard Seed Garden Manual of Painting.


If you want to achieve the freedom of creation like ancient and modern Chinese Artists you need to learn the basic rules first then vary them. Like for example in painting trees, you need to know how to draw the basic four branches first. Then try to express your own mood with seasonal asspect so to give your painting “breath resonance and life movement.”

I wish you not only could learn the Chinese way of painting trees through this lesson, but the importance of fractal design concepts. That is why I strongly recommend the Mustard Seed Garden Manual of Painting. As you can see this was how I learned Chinese Painting from my teacher.

Thanks for watching!

Happy Holidays!


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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.


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