“See the great in the small “and “see the small in the perspective of the great”.
– Lu Ch’ai (Wang Kai), 17th Century Ink Painter
“The first demand any work of any art makes upon us is surrender.
Look. Listen. Receive. Get yourself out of the way.”
– CS Lewis
“I begin with an idea and then it becomes something else.”
– Pablo Picasso, Painter
CHINESE ART STYLES
Gong-bi & Shui-mo
Gong-bi or Meticulous, also known as Court-style Painting, is fine detailed brushwork, often highly coloured art.
Shui-mo or Xie-yi or Freehand, also known as Literati Painting, is free style brush and ink, very much interpretive brushwork and ink shading.
No matter of the subject or style, infusing the paintings with imagination and soul is the important thing.
READING CHINESE ART
Differences between Oriental & Western Art
To appreciate Chinese Art, open your mind and heart to the expressive interpretations, moving bird-eye perspective, simplified brush stroke techniques, and suggestive empty white spaces for your imagination.
Chinese paintings do not have a single perspective or viewpoint like western art.
Chinese painting is more concerned with water-based techniques.
“Among those who study painting,
some strive for an elaborate effect and others prefer the simple.
Neither complexity in itself nor simplicity is enough.
Some aim to be deft, others to be laboriously careful.
Neither dexterity nor conscientiousness is enough.
Some set great value on method, while others pride themselves on dispensing with method.
To be without method is deplorable, but to depend entirely on method is worse.”
– Lu Ch’ai (Wang Kai), Ink Painter, XVII-century