Category Archives: painting bamboo

Red Bamboo says “boo”

As with so many of the traditional subjects in Chinese Brush Painting (CBP), bamboo has a host of conventions associated with it. Several of them have to do with what colors you use and how. Diana Kan in The How … Continue reading

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Most Ancient Bamboo style (outline/contour)

As I push deeper into the mysteries of painting bamboo I discover even more painting subtleties that can contribute to the overall effect of any CBP composition. The latest insights pertain to a style of rendering bamboo that some call … Continue reading

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Snow falling on bamboo

One of the most stunning ways to present bamboo in a painting has got to be with a generous dusting of snow on the foliage. As with all things bamboo-related, depicting such a vignette is no easy feat. I’ve played … Continue reading

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Tips on (bamboo) tips

Always practice bamboo. That’s one of the mantras often repeated in Chinese brush painting instruction books. It’s the sage advice of many an instructor. And it is advice I’m starting to realize I cannot ignore. There is the one obvious … 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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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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