Category Archives: painting trees

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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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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Specific trees: painting Willow

My willow studies began well before I knew it. As children, my sisters and I spent countless hours entertaining imaginary friends with creek water “tea” and various mud pies and cakes.  Our creations were frequently embellished with willow leaves and … Continue reading

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The Three Distances of Chinese Landscapes: PHD

Chinese pictorial space differs from Western perspective. The western convention for perspective is to envision all lines receding into the distance such that they converge at a single distant point dubbed the “vanishing point”.  Immortalized by Canadian author W.O. Mitchell … Continue reading

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Painting Trees–Study # 3: tips scribbled in margins

Before I move on from looking at trees in general to specific types and how to use them in landscapes, I have numerous tips and advice to collect in one place.  In no particular order: 1.  When defining your trunk … Continue reading

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Painting Trees: study #2

Deeper meanings, stronger paintings. Years ago a reading blitz took me from great speeches of all time (work-related) to a biography of Winston Churchill, to general background on Druidism, and then to the captivating novels of Marion Zimmer Bradley (Mists … Continue reading

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Painting Trees: study # 1

To paint a tree, you start with the trunk, add main limbs pointing in four directions, define smaller limbs leading from those and then branches, smaller branches,  and finally the foliage.  Ah, were it only so simple! The overall approach … Continue reading

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