Category Archives: painting bamboo

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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Grove principles for Bamboo

My instructional books on painting bamboo—and I do have many—devote very little attention to principles of creating groves. They go into great detail on individual leaf, stem, shoots, cane and node creation. I’m grateful they do that; there is considerable … Continue reading

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Bamboo Breakthrough 3: boosts from Ju and something new (bling!)

Paint sessions playing with bamboo continue; the insights seem endless. These are indeed happy days at the art table as my brush surprisingly produces bamboo leaves, clusters and stalks almost on command. Getting them all together in the desired manner … 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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Better plant forms is… animal science?

I’ve read the directions numerous times, I’ve heard master painters talk about it, and finally I’m getting more insight into what a deer horn has to do with plant formations. When first shown how to branch bamboo and define plum … Continue reading

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Not your basics: painting red bamboo

The gap between ‘wanting’ and ‘doing’ is never so obvious to me as when I try painting bamboo. I am simply not happy with my results. Too many leaves look like sausages, some stalks line up as railroad tracks, and … Continue reading

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The power of Yong: an eight-stroke engine

The Chinese character for “everlasting”, “forever” or “eternal” is an amazingly complex character. It embodies eight brush strokes, which also happen to be the eight different kinds of brushstrokes used in calligraphy. And thus if one practices this character, one … Continue reading

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