Category Archives: Chinese Brush Painting

My first mum festival

Life is what happens while you’re planning other things—such I learned a long time ago, but every so often seem to need a reminder! Now I was planning to leave behind my studies of painting chrysanthemum, I was intending to … Continue reading

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Painting the fourth gentleman (part 3) chrysanthemum leaves

I am bewildered; despite learning lots of things about painting flowers in general and the chrysanthemum in particular, I’m finding I have to push myself through these current studies. C’mon, inner painter, get over it! Disliking the mum in the … Continue reading

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Painting the fourth gentleman, chrysanthemum (part 2)

Strength lies in compactness of shape and structure. Gem-like petals fall into a flowering constellation. The chrysanthemum is a surging sweep of sunny radiance These are a few of the lead-ins by Leslie Tseng-Tseng Yu to her chapters on painting … Continue reading

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Painting the fourth gentleman: chrysanthemum (part 1)

If you would be happy, grow chrysanthemum.  (old Chinese proverb) As a gardener, I’m not fond of the chrysanthemum: the plants are too similar, the flowers all roundish pom-poms, the color range is largely earth tones and strong yellows (I … Continue reading

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Another dark encounter: Pine on Black

Despite sharing my Black Licorice double xuan paper with artist friends, I had several widths left, and that large gold bamboo frame beckoning from the art room. The simplicity of two cranes in a setting holds considerable appeal, and I … Continue reading

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Exploring the dark side: painting on black

While experimenting with gold metallic paint and aiming to fill a large gold bamboo frame, I made some pleasant discoveries about painting on black paper. With my first few bamboo/cat paintings I had learned that even after careful spraying with … Continue reading

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The Midas touch, painting with gold ink

From time to time members in my art groups amaze me with their curiosity and creativity. After a few weeks away from painting, hosting a houseful of guests, or just a bout of the blahs many of us need some … Continue reading

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