Category Archives: the four gentlemen

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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Painting the fourth gentleman (part 3) chrysanthemum leaves

I am bewildered; despite learning lots of things about painting flowers in general and the chrysanthemum in particular, I’m finding I have to push myself through these current studies. C’mon, inner painter, get over it! Disliking the mum in the … Continue reading

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What’s in a line: sumi-e informs Chinese brush painting

Back in grade school I recall discovering the concept of infinity. We were challenged to consider how long one could make a line. Then in high school a teacher set us up with the trick of forming a paper loop … Continue reading

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Back to Basics 3: plum blossom (part 2)

It’s ‘petal drop’ time in Victoria. On the prairies we used to look forward to the first snow each year, and felt blessed when it occurred in daytime so that we could cosy up by the window with a mug … Continue reading

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Happy spirit, gateway to spring: the orchid

Taking time to practice the Four Gentlemen has always been my aim; my introductory lessons in CBP taught me their execution employs all that you need to know in this art form.   Ah, but mastering those four subjects—bamboo, orchid, plum … Continue reading

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Back to Basics: painting Bamboo

The importance of bamboo: first to learn and last to master! For most Westerners, bamboo is quintessentially Chinese or emblematic of the Orient. It so happens that bamboo is one of the four most significant traditional subjects for this art … Continue reading

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