Archive for December, 2011

Looking for story source about Chinese artist commissioned to paint a Duck.?

Sunday, December 25th, 2011

There is a story I’ve heard and like and would like to find a source for it. A visitor from abroad goes to a Chinese Master Artist and commissions him to paint a duck. He returns each year for many years to see if his painting is ready yet. Each time the Master says ‘no, not yet’ until one year, the Master say "Yes, I think it is about ready’ and then takes out paper and brush and paints an exquisit duck. The man who commissioned the duck painting asks why, if he could simply pull out his brush and paint the duck, didn’t he complete the commission many years earlier. The Master takes the man into his studio, opens a cupboard out of which fall thousands of duck paintings. It is a story about the practise that leads to perfection etc. Any how – if someone can let me know if this story exists somewhere on the net or in print I would be very greatful!!

To be honest I have no idea but this guy might, his blog says he’s an expert on Chinese folklore…perhaps you could email him your question?

About Me
I’m an English teacher and collector/translator of Chinese-language folktales from Southeastern China: Guangdong, Fujian and Taiwan. In addition, I have posted stories from China’s extreme Northwest and Northeast. I have translated and adapted each folktale and have attached cultural and folklore notes for each particular story. Please note these tales are definitely not PC; folktales and fairy tales are essentially never PC. I bring them to you "warts and all."

How to Draw Dragonfly – a Chinese Painting Tutorial

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

chinese painting ink silhouette dragonfly painting

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Chinese Brush Painting Iris

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

chinese painting brush Danny will show you how to paint Iris using Chinese brush painting techniques on Xuan Paper.

Duration : 0:2:27


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Big Ship – Emma Maersk, Wal-Mart gets its stuff from China

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

chines painting supplies This big ship the Emma Maersk will hold 15,000 containers and has a 207′ beam and is 1,302′ long! That 207′ beam means it was NOT designed for the Panama or Suez Canal. It is strictly transpacific. more…The cruise speed: 31 knots means the goods arrive 4 days before the typical container ship (18-20 knots) on a China-to-California run. Made in Denmark.
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Experimenting with art? help needed?

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

hi, i am experimenting with different things as a medium for art. For example i experimented with mixing coffee powder with acrylic, mixing oil with chinese ink, and even use mud and wet clay to paint. If you have any ideas on things that i can use, do enlighten me, bizarre ones are welcome.

um, cocoa powder is a nice shade of brown, and smells great too, maybe that’ll work.
You could try mixing short threads in paint to get a fun texture, colored thread might show through thin paint too making it look more interesting.
Sand is always fun, you’ll find great diversity in sand throughout the world and they are all so beautiful (yeh, I might just be weird!).
mmm, nail polish, maybe?
I don’t know, I hope this helps.
It sounds like you’ll be having a lot of fun, have some for me – I’d love to be doing what you are!

How can I decorate this door?

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

I have a plain white door in my room. My friend has a door, that has a painting she painted that looks like it has all these Chinese brush strokes all over it. I want to do something like that. But not exactly.

make it ur own

experimenting with art? need suggestions!!!?

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

hi, i am experimenting with different things as a medium for art. For example i experimented with mixing coffee powder with acrylic, mixing oil with chinese ink, and even use mud and wet clay to paint. If you have any ideas on things that i can use, do enlighten me, bizarre ones are welcome.

sprinkle salt on watercolour gives a mottled effect

Will this picture look good as a tattoo?

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

Hi, I’m thinking of getting a tattoo, but sometimes pictures on paper wont look as good on skin. I was wondering if this picture (it’s a chinese brush painting) will look good as a tattoo. If it’s not going to look that great can you put down some input on how I should alter the painting a bit more to suite my needs? I don’t want yes and no answers. Those aren’t so helpful to me =P


Yeah, its a nice picture, but would be hard to replicate as a tattoo…you need to find someone who is an awesome artist, with much experiance shading to make it look similar.

Chinese Painting Class Intro: Four Treasures of the Studio(1/3) – Tessai’s Inkstick & Inkstone

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

chinese painting ink This video was shot for my online Chinese painting class in which I discussed Chinese painting materials. I would like to release it earlier so those of you who have already signed up for the class can have enough time to order your supplies because many of you are international students, and also I would like to share this introduction part of the class with anybody who are interested in learning this form of art so it might help you to make right decisions when you do your shopping at our online store and hope you will enroll my in class to learn more. Click here for up coming online Chinese painting class information.

To purchape the STUDENT PACKAGE:

This value pack includes all the items in the basic supplies check list for my online Chinese painting class.
Please see “Basic Supplies Check List” for other supplies you will need.

I will be teachingt ArtfulGathering 2011, and here is class information:
Class Title: Sumi Ink and Watercolor on Rice Paper
Time: July 16th – August 20th, 2011
Description: Learn authentic Chinese painting from master artist, Henry Li. Sumi Ink and Watercolor on Rice Paper is a six week online class that will be suitable for beginners as well as the intermediate students. Step by step, you will see how to select and wield a Chinese brush, how to load it with ink and watercolors, and how to paint on various rice papers. Subject matters include bamboo-and-orchid, flowers-and-birds, animals and landscapes their basic strokes and principles of composition. Individual critiques of student work will be offered upon request, in the classroom setting, or through private e-mail with follow up instructions.
Course Fee: $65.00

1. What’s the class schedule?
A: The time is flexible since students will be from all over the world via the Internet. I am thinking to do six lectures each about 1.5 hours. And may product follow-up videos during the class. You can watch the class video at your convenient time and share your art works with the class in the class forum.

2. Can we upload pictures to the classroom?
A: Yes, you can scan or take pictures of your artworks, then either upload them to the class forum to share with the class or email me to see. If you want my critiques, yes, I will give you. After you pay for the class you have access to all the videos from beginning to the end. You make your own schedule to learn and practice. I will be available during the class period checking the class forum and prove critiques. I may also do follow up videos to address common issues.

3. How do I register?
Here is what the students need to do is go to : and click on the top tab that says “Registration and Policies.” There is paypal or credit card options. It is 5.00 to register for the class. You will be notified by email in June when the class enrollment starts to pay for the tuition.

4. What materials do I need to prepare for the class?
A: Here is a basic Materials List:

Please let me know if you have any questions about the class.

Henry Li

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Leadwort Floral Chinese Brush Painting Practice Chinese painting flower, bird, plant & animals

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

chinese painting brush Not that everyone knows what a Cape Leadwort is. I didn’t/ But, ’tis one of Yang O-shi’s lessons, so, it became mine also.
Trying hard. Lots to learn.
This was alot of fun.
Yang O-shi’s book, “100 Flowers” is a liquid style tutorial book containing 238 pages of 100 flowers in easy see through lessons.
All you have to do after that is work out how the paint is sposed to be.
I am not fluent yet. But it’s a good meditation at the days end.

Cape Leadwort Floral Chinese Brush Painting Practice

Duration : 0:4:9


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