The expressiveness of the freehand style (寫意, xiěyì), and the unique interaction of brush, ink and paper capture the essence of the subject.
The meticulous style (工筆, gōngbǐ), has delicacy and charm.
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.
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!