Category Archives: Chinese Brush Painting

Spreading peace, love and joy: painting peacock

If you’ve been following my blog, you’ll know I like stories that illuminate the spirit of the creatures I study. The older and more legendary the story, the more appealing it is for me.  Several gorgeous peacocks greeted us at … Continue reading

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Boys and Girls together, figure painting

Any parent who has held a newborn knows the soft curves and tiny features that go into the beauty of human babies. Any artist attempting to capture childish glee knows the anatomy differs from that of adults in more than … Continue reading

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To art room, to art room… to paint a fat pig

You may have noticed that not too many general CBP instruction books offer direction on painting the pig—this, despite the pig (or boar) being one of the 12 Chinese zodiac animals. Several of my books offer directions for “popular” zodiac … Continue reading

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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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