Category Archives: painting figures

Power lines, making faces

Canadian photographer Yousuf Karsh (1908-2002), Irish poet William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), and Ming dynasty painter Wu Wei (1459–1509) have something in common. Karsh rocked the world with his powerful portraits of 20th century celebritiess . Yeats wrote many a verse … Continue reading

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Not folding on the folds, six more fabric strokes

Despite bringing out a magnifying glass and examining each for distinctive features, I’m still not convinced the whole repertoire of 18 different brush strokes was ever widely used in oriental painting. (I used the word ‘oriental’ there, because my sources … Continue reading

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The Long and Short of Thick and Thin (fabric folds)

By all accounts there are 17 different kinds of strokes to be used when defining folds in the fabric of clothing on figures. And some scholars suggest 18. When I first encountered figure painting as a sub-genre of oriental brush … Continue reading

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Riding high, painting Water Buffalo

Chinese brush painters do love contrasts—thick and thin lines, smooth and rough textures, gentle and strong creatures. And when they can cram all their favorite ‘yin and yang’ principles into a single composition, so much the better. No other convention … Continue reading

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Something about Sumo: figure painting

There oughta’ be a term, I say. Flemish painter Sir Peter Paul Rubens’ love for painting voluptuous, full-figured women gave us ‘Rubenesque’, but there seems to be no equivalent for big-bodied male subjects of paintings. I can see a need. … Continue reading

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The Happy Buddha: painting joy

My interest in figure painting led me to browse a book which appeared to be dedicated to a Buddha figure. The book had pages featuring different hand and feet positions, different facial expressions (all variations of cheerful), and numerous simple … Continue reading

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Figure Painting 2: palace pretties

For some time now I have concentrated on ‘decomposing’ acclaimed CBP compositions in order to learn more about how they are composed, or put together. I read what I can (curses on not learning Chinese as a child!) and then … Continue reading

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