Painting Plum Blossom Chinese Hanging Scroll with Rooster Feather Brush

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This plum blossom painting conclude the “Four Gentlemen” hanging scroll series. I have tried very hard to take advantage of the green screen trick that I have just learned to give the viewer some idea about spirit of plum blossoms which bloom in the snow. I found theses nice pictures on the internet AFTER I have done the painting and in the video editing process to make it look like I was painting in front of those beautiful flowers instead of the green screen. I wish it helps you to get the essence of Chinese plum blossom painting. Let me know what do you think.

The brush that I used for this plum painting is made of rooster feather. It worked out just as I expected – to loosen up control over details and concentrate on the oneness of all strokes and the wholesome image in my mind. I love the rich texture generated by dry feather brush on the trunk and the bouncing twigs produced by sensitive feather tip.
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12 Responses to “Painting Plum Blossom Chinese Hanging Scroll with Rooster Feather Brush”

  1. blueheronarts says:

    Thank you Suzyn for …
    Thank you Suzyn for sharing my painting videos with your students in Vietnam.

  2. susandeehutton says:

    I LOVE you and your …
    I LOVE you and your presentation of brush painting, Henry! Thank you so much for doing all of these wonderful videos; they feel so intimate and friendly making Chinese & Japanese Sumi Ink Brush Painting seem friendly and accessible for all interested> I hope you don’t mind but I have shown your videos to my young students here in Vietnam and they loved having the “two of us” teach them! Thanks, again ~ from Suzyn Hutton Kelley

  3. blueheronarts says:

    You decide. Any …
    You decide. Any thing you mentioned is good for a “mood seal”. A name seal is used to seal your painting with signature but you can use a icon or a small mood seal as your identity seal too. 

  4. jasneskis says:

    If you can only …
    If you can only have one chop, what is the best word to have written on it if it is not your name (ie, piece? happiness? health? or something else? so as to sign paintings and pass on to someone else to use?
    Great painting as always.
    I do learn so much from you.
    Many thanks.

  5. blueheronarts says:

    Thank you for your …
    Thank you for your feedbacks. I will continue to work with the greenscreen background in my videos and hope it helps people to see what in my mind when I do my Chinese brush painting.

  6. manicniceguy says:

    Your stuff is fun …
    Your stuff is fun to watch I like the dry brush effect with the rooster brush.

  7. MrHroark says:

    GREAT! I was …
    GREAT! I was looking for the smaller size. Thanks again.

  8. blueheronarts says:

    Thanks, Mr Hroark. …
    Thanks, Mr Hroark. I agree with you that the background images add a lot to this painting performance. I was really satisfied with the greenscreen effects in this clip.
    We only carry one “small” rooster feather brush, same size as you see in this video. Due to the nature size of the feather it won’t get smaller than that. I found this size is the best practical size to use for painting and the larger size ones in the market might not be really useful as the small one. Thanks!

  9. blueheronarts says:

    Thanks for the …
    Thanks for the question and I just realized that I forgot to list peach sap powder in the materials list. Sorry! The standard water and glue powder proportion is 10:1. But it is not that restrictive. You may adjust according to your needs.

  10. lindaag0 says:

    One more questions …
    One more questions: When you use the peach sap glue powder in your water, what dilution do you use? Thanks!

  11. lindaag0 says:

    Exquisite! Very …
    Exquisite! Very inspiring to see how you depicted the strength and roughness of the trunk and the delicacy of the blossoms, and to see the looseness and also great care in how you used the brush.

    Showing the calligraphy characters and translation on the screen is a nice touch. What style calligraphy are you writing in?

    Can you say more about the “ending chi/qi branch? Is it usually done last?

  12. MrHroark says:

    Truly outstanding …
    Truly outstanding Henry. This series has been some of your best work yet. The green screen background adds a lot. Thanks Victoria! (Hi Amy. Hope school is going well) The feather brush is outstanding. Do you carry different sizes?

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