Loving Brush and Ink

Seal_orange_brush_tiny   I love brush and ink (笔墨, bǐ mò)

The expressiveness of the freehand style (寫意, xiěyì), and the unique interaction of brush, ink and paper capture the essence of the subject.

Spring Wind Orchid (c) Angela

The meticulous style (工筆, gōngbǐ), has delicacy and charm.

Magnolia and bird (meticulous style) (c) Angela (sold)

Chinese brush painting is the source and inspiration for much oriental painting, including in Japan and Korea, which also adopted the Chinese script and adapted it to their own languages.

How to Read Chinese Paintings lecture by Maxwell K Hearn, who also wrote the book (You can skip the first 10 minutes of introductions).

Useful short introduction to the History of Chinese Painting, referring to the 2013 V&A exhibition.

More of my paintings, and some of my favourite Chinese paintings.  Good to know that there were notable female painters in China.  “Bapo” is a fascinating genre of painting, similar to Scholar’s Study painting.   I use also painting and calligraphy for collages and my home-made cards.

Amazing paintings are also possible without a brush – finger painting!