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Chinese brush painting : a beginner’s step-by-step guide / Mei Ruo.
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9781602200340
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New York : Better Link Press ; Shanghai, China : Shanghai Press, [2018].

©2018
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236 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 26 cm
Contents:
Tools and materials -- Chinese painting techniques -- Introductory lessons -- Fruits and flowers -- Grass insects -- Birds -- Advanced lessons.
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Learn first about the tools and materials, then painting techniques. Early pages explore the very basic painting methods and subjects, but continue to build skills for painting plants and animals of increasing complexity.
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Summary

Try your hands at these historically and culturally important methods, and create some beautiful paintings of your own.

Chinese painting is an ancient art that has evolved and become refined over many centuries. Artists brush ink and color pigments onto silk or paper using a variety of techniques, with two main approaches: gongbi a traditional and realistic style based on line drawing, and xieyi style, a freehand method that uses fewer strokes to suggest objects in a less literal way.

Painting themes generally fall into three categories: figure, landscaping, and bird-and-flower. Chinese brush painting is mainly presented in lines, shades and white space to express the feelings about nature, social phenomena, and the very essence of the universe. The framework for this expression is often traditional: certain subjects carry cultural connotations that are well-known and imbue the painting with a layer of meaning beyond face value of objects shown. The traditional subjects such as mandarin ducks, butterflies, and the 'Four Gentlemen' (plum blossoms, orchids, bamboos, and chrysanthemum) are examples that contain this rich cultural meaning.

Readers will learn first about the tools and materials, then painting techniques. Early pages explore the very basic painting methods and subjects--perfect for beginning painters--but continue to build skills for painting plants and animals of increasing complexity.

Chinese Brush Painting illustrates several Chinese brush painting techniques with the use of different tools, brushwork and color mixing. With the step-by-step projects, you can first follow the introductory lessons to learn the necessary skills of brushwork, usage of paper, and characteristics of water, ink and colors; then follow the advanced lessons to learn the compositions and more complicated color applications.


Author Notes

Mei Ruo started to learn the traditional Western painting at the age of ten and Chinese painting at the age of twelve. He is famous for his gongbi and freehand style techniques as well as creative themes. He is the vice president of Shanghai Luwan Art Institute and has participated in various overseas exchange events.


Table of Contents

Introduction Overview of Chinese Paintingp. 9
Chapter 1 Tools and Materialsp. 15
1 Types and Hair Sources of Brushesp. 15
2 Inksticks and Inkstonesp. 15
3 Colorsp. 17
4 Xuan Paper (Rice Paper)p. 17
5 Supplementary Toolsp. 17
Chapter 2 Chinese Painting Techniquesp. 19
1 How to Hold the Brushp. 19
2 How to Paint with the Brushp. 19
3 How to Use Waterp. 21
4 How to Use Inkp. 22
5 How to Apply Colorp. 22
6 Framingp. 24
Chapter 3 Introductory Lessonsp. 27
1 How to Paint Flowersp. 27
Plum Blossomp. 27
Orchidp. 31
Bamboop. 34
Chrysanthemump. 36
Peach Blossomp. 40
Camelliap. 44
Hall Crabapple Blossomp. 46
Sweet Osmanthusp. 48
Wisteriap. 50
Morning Gloryp. 53
Lotusp. 56
Irisp. 60
Chinese Narcissusp. 63
Peonyp. 66
2 How to Paint Fruits and Vegetablesp. 70
Long Turnipp. 70
Red Turnipp. 72
Pomegranatep. 74
Lyclieep. 77
Cherryp. 80
Loquatp. 82
Bottle Gourdp. 85
Grapep. 88
Peachp. 91
Pineapplep. 94
Watermelonp. 96
Bell Pepperp. 98
Pumpkinp. 101
Tomatop. 104
3 How to Paint Grass Insectsp. 106
Butterflyp. 106
Beep. 110
Dragonflyp. 114
Goldfishp. 118
Carpp. 128
Angelfishp. 135
Crabp. 138
Shrimpp. 143
4 How to Paint Birdsp. 146
Sparrowp. 146
Chickp. 151
Crested Mynap. 154
Kingfisherp. 158
Wagtailp. 162
Magpiep. 166
Swallowp. 170
Chapter 4 Advanced Lessonsp. 175
1 Magpie on Plum Blossomsp. 175
2 Crested Myna with Red Leavesp. 181
3 Kingfisher with Lotusp. 187
4 Wagtail on the Shorep. 195
5 Sparrows on the Pomegranate Treep. 201
6 Five Sons Passing the Imperial Examinationsp. 207
7 Swallows on Wisteriasp. 213
8 Goldfishes Playing in the Waterp. 219
9 Colorful Carpp. 225
10 Butterfly and Lycheesp. 229
11 Dragonfly and Pumpkinp. 233
Appendicesp. 235
Brief Glossary of Some Chinese Painting Termsp. 235
Dates of the Chinese Dynastiesp. 236