Archive for January, 2012

Goldfish – How to Make Use of Watermarks in Chinese Painting on Rice Paper

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

chinese painting brush Introducing the Four Treasures of Chinese Painting: Brush, Rice Paper, Inkstick and Inkstone.
Here is a list of supplies for beginners:
1. 2-5 Chinese Painting Brushes.
You need a pair of soft and stiff brush, or a combination brush to get start. Good varieties in size and shapes are available here for you to choose from. If you already have some Asian brushes, try them to see if they work for you.
2. Sumi Ink. You may use bottled liquid ink for convenience. Tradtitional inkstick and inkstone and are recommended for best result.
3. Rice Paper. High quality of authentic Chinese rice paper are available at moderate prices. We recommend mulberry paper to beginning student for less bleeding and evenly color lending. For advanced students, you might want to try our high absorbent Xuan(shuan) paper.
4. Watercolor Paints. Marie’s Chinese painting watercolor and color chips are available in our online store. You may also use artist quality watercolor or gouache.
5. A Pallete or Two White Ceramic Saucers.
6. A Water Container for rinsing brush, as big as possible.
7. A piece of Felt Pad. It should be in white or light color, no black! Synthetic is fine. Recommended size: 18″x20″.
8. Paper Towel or Hand Tissue. for blotting or to dry the brush.
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Chapter 31 – The Jungle by Upton Sinclair

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

chines painting supplies Chapter 31. Classic Literature VideoBook with synchronized text, interactive transcript, and closed captions in multiple languages. Audio courtesy of Librivox. Read by Tom Weiss.

Playlist for The Jungle by Upton Sinclair: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL64174288DDA7E572

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Chapter 31 – The Jungle by Upton Sinclair

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

chines painting supplies Chapter 31. Classic Literature VideoBook with synchronized text, interactive transcript, and closed captions in multiple languages. Audio courtesy of Librivox. Read by Tom Weiss.

Playlist for The Jungle by Upton Sinclair: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL64174288DDA7E572

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Would these be considered very odd occurrences, and have you had similar experiences?

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

This was very strange …. see I’ve been getting into art work lately [again after many yrs.] and anyway I bought some art supplies. Then I went home and was wondering if I should buy paint brushes since I don’t remember where I put all my other supplies.
So I go to the local plaza to do some errands, and low and behold, in the middle of the sidewalk was a paint brush. The rest of the sidewalk was clean as it usually is.

AND ALSO, several months ago {like last summer}, I kept wondering if I should start designing jewelry since that’s another thing I’ve always wanted to do. So kept thinking about it, looking online etc. to daydream about gems, gold, string, beads, crystal beads to buy.
I go to the post office that day to pick up some mail. As I was opening all the mail, on the way out was a crystal beaded bracelet on the floor.

ONE OTHER thing~once I was humoring myself wouldn’t it be nice to find some $ on the ground. Even tho I work of course, who wouldn’t mind winning lotto, or finding some "extra cash" , LOL! And thought about a wallet I’d found as a kid many yrs. ago in the street.
Well, I went to the chinese restaurant to pick up my take-out order. And good gosh!!~On my way out, discovered a wallet w/some $$$ laying not too far from the lil’ Chinese place. {No, I didn’t keep the money though, I returned it–well took it to the police station actually}

Isn’t it strange that "coincidences" like this HAPPEN?!?!?!? I’ve more stories, but just a few more now.
HAVE YOU HAD SIMILAR EXPERIENCES like this happen to you? If so, share please!!!☺
Thank you☺

I’ve experienced these kinds of coincidences a few times in my life, but it sounds like it’s an ongoing occurrence with you…how cool! I personally believe that "coincidences", or ‘synchronicity is the Universe’s way of telling us we’re on our path, or can sometimes occur to give us the message that we’re veering off of it, and to change course.

If this intrigues you, read the book: There Are No Accidents. Synchronicity and the Stories of Our Lives by Robert Hopcke.

Would these be considered very odd occurences, & have you had similar experiences?

Friday, January 20th, 2012

This was very strange …. see I’ve been getting into art work lately [again after many yrs.] and anyway I bought some art supplies. Then I went home and was wondering if I should buy paint brushes since I don’t remember where I put all my other supplies.
So I go to the local plaza to do some errands, and low and behold, in the middle of the sidewalk was a paint brush. The rest of the sidewalk was clean as it usually is.

AND ALSO, several months ago {like last summer}, I kept wondering if I should start designing jewelry since that’s another thing I’ve always wanted to do. So kept thinking about it, looking online etc. to daydream about gems, gold, string, beads, crystal beads to buy.
I go to the post office that day to pick up some mail. As I was opening all the mail, on the way out was a crystal beaded bracelet on the floor.

ONE OTHER thing~once I was humoring myself wouldn’t it be nice to find some $ on the ground. Even tho I work of course, who wouldn’t mind winning lotto, or finding some "extra cash" , LOL! And thought about a wallet I’d found as a kid many yrs. ago in the street.
Well, I went to the chinese restaurant to pick up my take-out order. And good gosh!!~On my way out, discovered a wallet w/some $$$ laying not too far from the lil’ Chinese place. {No, I didn’t keep the money though, I returned it–well took it to the police station actually}

Isn’t it strange that "coincidences" like this HAPPEN?!?!?!? I’ve more stories, but just a few more now.
HAVE YOU HAD SIMILAR EXPERIENCES like this happen to you? If so, share please!!!☺
Thank you☺

These are no coincidences.It’s your sixth-sense that is helping you to see the future.Although,it doesn’t help you always but if you’re in some hard solving situation,it may help you.

PEN & INK PAINTINGS CONTRAST MODERN LIFE CCTV News

Friday, January 20th, 2012

chinese painting ink In modern times, Chinese ink and brush painting isn’t just limited to flowers, birds and landscapes. It can also depict modern life with a realistic perspective. Examples of this style are on show at a new exhibition presented by the National Art Museum of China.

From idyllic rural scenes, to a fast-paced urban life – This exhibition shows the diversity that Chinese ink and brush painting can present.

Entitled “Urban & Rural”, the exhibition includes 220 art works created by 60 painters using the medium of ink and brush painting. An art committee composed of 30 renowned painters and critics selected the painters. The artists represent distinctive approaches and styles in their practice of Chinese painting.

Ma Shulin, deputy director of National Art Museum of China, said, “We choose the theme ‘Urban & Rural’ with the aim to construct a spiritual homeland to modern-day people. The works we selected reflect the spirit of the era, represent the expressive quality of ink painting, and have a creative edge in some way.”

The participating artists range from age 30 to over 70. Cui Zhenkuan, 77, from Xi’an, has practised ink painting for fifty-five years. He has three works selected for the exhibition.

Cui Zhenkuan, an artist, said, “I used to portray rural themes, but these works were done when I received the invitation from the museum. I happened to be in Qinghai, and was quite impressed by the construction sites of the city, so I painted one of the works in that kind of setting. I prefer to use thick ink to portray scenes.”

And some featured artists are in their early 30s. Yang Liu, 34, from Shenyang, favors the urban theme. This meters-long canvas depicts the hustle and bustle scene of a subway station during peak time. She thinks the free strokes of ink painting are appropriate to depict the quick-pace urban life.

Yang Liu, an artist, said, “I’ve been living in the city and am familiar with city scenes and people. When I first came to Beijing, I was deeply impressed by the busy scene of subway. So I drew this painting. I use the grey shade to express my feeling towards the fleeting time. ”

The exhibition highlights the creative efforts that Chinese artists have made in their exploration of ink painting. Using all nine halls on the first floor of the museum, the National Art Museum of China aims at providing a visual feast for Spring Festival crowds to enjoy.

It’s also the first Spring Festival since the museum implemented its free admission policy. So art lovers can appreciate all these works free of charge during the Chinese Lunar New Year. The exhibition opened on Monday and will run until February the 27th.

Information provided by cctv.com Thank you http://www.cctv.com

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“Rain” Bamboo Chinese Painting 1/4

Friday, January 20th, 2012

chinese painting brush Start paint bamboo, pinetree, plum blossom, and other subjects easily with a brush and ink with Chinese calligraphy and brushes techniques.

Our “Easy Series” of Chinese painting will cover most genres and subjects by different painting instructors. The Easy Series will also include Chinese origami, cooking, crafts, and etc.

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The Birth of a Nation: Lillian Gish, Mae Marsh, Robert Harron, Wallace Reid (1915 Movie)

Friday, January 20th, 2012

chines painting supplies http://thefilmarchive.org/ DVD: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001P24UXK/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=doc06-20&linkCode=as2&camp=217145&creative=399373&creativeASIN=B001P24UXK

The Birth of a Nation (originally called The Clansman) is a 1915 American silent film directed by D. W. Griffith and based on the novel and play The Clansman, both by Thomas Dixon, Jr. Griffith also co-wrote the screenplay (with Frank E. Woods), and co-produced the film (with Harry Aitken). It was released on February 8, 1915. The film was originally presented in two parts, separated by an intermission.

The film chronicles the relationship of two families in Civil War and Reconstruction-era America: the pro-Union northern Stonemans and the pro-Confederacy Southern Camerons over the course of several years. The assassination of President Abraham Lincoln by John Wilkes Booth is dramatized.

The film was a huge commercial success, but was highly controversial due to its portrayal of African American men (played by white actors in blackface) as unintelligent and sexually aggressive towards white women, and the portrayal of the Ku Klux Klan (whose original founding is dramatized) as a heroic force. There were widespread protests against The Birth of a Nation, and it was banned in several cities. The outcry of racism was so great that D.W. Griffith was inspired to produce Intolerance the following year.

The film is also credited as one of the events which inspired the formation of the “second era” Ku Klux Klan at Stone Mountain, Georgia in the same year. The Birth of a Nation was used as a recruiting tool for the KKK.

It was the first motion picture to be shown at the White House. President Woodrow Wilson supposedly said the film was “… like writing history with lightning. And my only regret is that it is all so terribly true”. The attribution is disputed.

Cast

Lillian Gish as Elsie Stoneman
Mae Marsh as Flora Cameron
Henry B. Walthall as Colonel Ben Cameron
Miriam Cooper as Margaret Cameron
Ralph Lewis as Austin Stoneman
George Siegmann as Silas Lynch
Walter Long as Gus
Robert Harron as Tod Stoneman
Wallace Reid as Jeff the blacksmith
Joseph Henabery as Abraham Lincoln
Elmer Clifton as Phil Stoneman
Josephine Crowell as Mrs. Cameron
Spottiswoode Aitken as Dr. Cameron
George Beranger as Wade Cameron
Maxfield Stanley as Duke Cameron
Jennie Lee as Mammy
Donald Crisp as General Ulysses S. Grant
Howard Gaye as General Robert E. Lee

Uncredited:

Mary Alden as Lydia Brown
Monte Blue
Bobby Burns as Klan Leader
David Butler as Union Soldier / Confederate Soldier
Peggy Cartwright as Young Girl
John Ford as Klansman
Gibson Gowland
Sam De Grasse as Senator Charles Sumner
Olga Grey as Laura Keene
Russell Hicks
Elmo Lincoln as Blacksmith
Eugene Pallette as Union Soldier
Vester Pegg
Alma Rubens
Charles Stevens as Volunteer
Madame Sul-Te-Wan as Black Woman
Raoul Walsh as John Wilkes Booth
Jules White
Violet Wilkey as Flora as a child
Tom Wilson as Stoneman’s Servant
Mary Wynn

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Birth_of_a_nation

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Question about watercolour?

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

So I’m using Mont Marte water colours (12 tubes).
I’m going to buy another paint, because i’m starting chinese painting.

1.How do you dispose of water colour?

2.Is it okay to throw away the tubes with paint inside in the bin?

3.What about paint on a palette, can i throw that away or what should i do?

4.The water i use to clean my brushes with while i’m painting, can i pour that down the drain or what do i do?
Sorry about my English, it’s bad. >.>

Why throw it out? Even if the watercolors dry out, they can always be rehydrated and used. Even the paint on the palette is reusable. And some time down the road you may want to pick up your watercolors again.
Yes you can dump the used water down the drain.

“Lucky Rabbit” Calligraphy and “Nine Goldfish” Chinese Painting by Henry Li

Monday, January 16th, 2012

chinese painting ink I did this Lucky Rabbit calligraphy and Nine Fish painting (Jiu Ru meaning “good luck as you wish”) at the Arcadia Mall at the ACA’s 2011 Chinese New Year Festival, wishing them bring you good fortune in year of the rabbit.

I will be teaching an online course at hte http://www.artfulgathering.com this summer. You may pre-register at artfulgethering. This is giving us a “guest list” e-mails. Then you will be invited to the website by June 23rd to formally register. Classes starts on July 16th and last thru to August 20th. Here is my draft class description. Let me know if you have any questions.

Sumi Ink and Watercolor on Rice Paper
July 16th – August 20th, 2011
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

Here is what the students need to do is go to : http://www.artfulgathering.com 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 event in June..

Materials List: http://www.blueheronarts.com/article_info.php?articles_id=1
Materials used in the above rabbit painting are:
1) Semi-sized Xuan rice paper
2) Waterbrushes
3) Marie’s Chinese painting colors
vermillion, sinnibar and carmine

Thanks for watching!

Henry

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