Category Archives: composition

Branching out, plum plus

So many of my CBP books are in Chinese that I’m ashamed to admit that I’ve got into the bad habit of not always reading the instructions even when they are in English! With some time on my hands recently … Continue reading

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Painting perfection: the persimmon

You have to understand some principles of abstract art before you can ‘get into’ what Picasso was doing with his ‘cubist’ approach, breaking up subjects or objects into pieces and re-arranging them to suit his own mind. You may need … Continue reading

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Wiley and beguiling: painting Wisteria 2

Stymied by where and how best to begin a wisteria composition I realized I needed to understand more fully how the plant’s parts grew and fit together. Now I’ve pulled many a dandelion, picked the flowers, braided the stems, scrubbed … Continue reading

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True messenger of dreams: the goldfish

In the introduction to a great instructional book titled Drawing Goldfish and Golden Carp Ho Kung-Shang waxes poetically as he describes the featured artist’s skill: “Lin Wu-kui’s goldfish give us dreams, thoughts and hopes. If in life we find fewer … Continue reading

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Bamboo Breakthrough 2: learning leaf formations

I can’t believe this is me; I am excited about painting bamboo! Oh, I  have been interested in bamboo painting, I have tried painting bamboo many times, I have even painted my way through wads of newsprint with only bamboo … Continue reading

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Painting with numbers: shrimp

At first glance a composition of shrimp may seem an unlikely subject for painting, let alone a lifetime of dedicated study. Once you gain some insight however, it’s understandable that a master painter wielding a Chinese brush might do just … Continue reading

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Green pearl of China—painting grape

In my wildest dreams I’ve conjured a vineyard that stretched for miles, trellis upon trellis weighted down with a bounty of green, red, purple, blue and black grapes. How astonishing it is to find that such a place actually exists!   … Continue reading

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