Category Archives: painting figures

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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Bring it on! (the Money Frog)

Who couldn’t use a little extra money this time of year? Well, the prospect of free-flowing cash could be as simple as placing a frog on your doorstep! Not just any frog. This has to be a sculpture or image … Continue reading

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Impressionism, extremism…Zen?

Finding your style in any artistic endeavor is always a bit tricky. I wrote ‘finding’ as opposed to ‘developing’ because I believe we are all capable of playing at art, but some of us are better at silencing the judgmental … Continue reading

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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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