Category Archives: Chinese Brush Painting

More joy, painting magpie 2

Despite painting many magpies I’ve still not generated a whole lot of ‘good fortune’ this month: back-to-back nasty colds, a dental mishap and not a single magpie to be pleased about.  This one in a colorless setting was encouraging, but … Continue reading

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Glad tidings they bring (magpies)

Some of us have been struggling a bit to get back in our painting grooves after the holidays. (Good to know I wasn’t the only one!) After some unsatisfactory pine-and-panda painting sessions I put the subject aside and poked through … Continue reading

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Pursuit of the perfect panda painting

Growing up I had uncles who loved to tease the heck out of us. Their corny jokes are hard to forget. One I can’t seem to shake is Q: what is black and white and red all over? A: the … Continue reading

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Bring it on! (the Money Frog)

Who couldn’t use a little extra money this time of year? Well, the prospect of free-flowing cash could be as simple as placing a frog on your doorstep! Not just any frog. This has to be a sculpture or image … Continue reading

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Impressionism, extremism…Zen?

Finding your style in any artistic endeavor is always a bit tricky. I wrote ‘finding’ as opposed to ‘developing’ because I believe we are all capable of playing at art, but some of us are better at silencing the judgmental … Continue reading

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Out on a limb: pine cones

“All that exists is, in a sense, the seed of what will be born from it.” — Marcus Aurelius With pine branches being such a common setting for animals or birds in Chinese brush painting (CBP), you’d think there would … Continue reading

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Getting there…by gosh or by golly, a horsey adventure

Growing up in the 1940s and 50s in the Robson Valley we lived through a lot of transitions: from coal oil lamps to electric lights, from wood stove to central heating, from horse and buggy to cars and trucks. In … Continue reading

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