Peony & Butterfly part 1 – Chinese Brush Painting by Virginia Lloyd-Davies

chinese painting brush Chinese brush artist Virginia Lloyd-Davies and pianist Josh Harvey improvise together on their DVD “Joyful Brush” available for purchase from and Virginia paints with Chinese inks and silk dyes on rice paper mounted on board.

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25 Responses to “Peony & Butterfly part 1 – Chinese Brush Painting by Virginia Lloyd-Davies”

  1. sucedeu says:

    This is very …
    This is very beautiful. The music choice makes me feel so peaceful and relaxed. Thanks

  2. virginiald says:

    @THESHOMROM I am …
    @THESHOMROM I am very glad to read that my videos are helping you. I agree that it is helpful to watch the brush more in detail and I will make my next video with that in mind. Thanks for the prompting!

  3. THESHOMROM says:

    Mrs. Lloyd-Davis, I …
    Mrs. Lloyd-Davis, I think you cand rightfully call yourselfa Master Painter. Mr. Josh Harveys adding his beautiful improvisation to yours, makes an incredibly beautiful experience.

  4. THESHOMROM says:

    It is so helpful to …
    It is so helpful to watch you create the lines, curves and volumes you use in forming your subjects.The thing that led me to finding your site is to learn how to paint better. I believe if we could see more of how you load your brush; see more of your forearm, hand and brush actually forming to create the shape and learn the brush best suited to form the shapes you are forming it would be even more helpful. Please consider making more videos.

  5. freekypor says:

    it’s BEAUTIFUL !!
    it’s BEAUTIFUL !!

  6. virginiald says:

    How did I learn? …
    How did I learn? The most important is to find a teacher you admire, and study with them. My teacher, I-Hsiung Ju is a master painter from mainland China. Watching the strokes being formed is the best way to learn, as long as you practice regularly. Your first attempts will probably be awful; mine certainly were. But that was 30 years ago, and I’ve practiced a lot since then! My teacher has instructional videos. Go to my website joyfulbrush and click on ‘my teacher’ to check them out.

  7. virginiald says:

    @katekk1200000 If …
    @katekk1200000 If you are referring to the ‘China Rose’, then it is not the same family of plants. However, roses and peonies are close in genus – my teacher calls them ‘kissing cousins’.

  8. SheeElle says:

    this is soooo …
    this is soooo beautiful! I’m so envious of your talent! How did you learn?

  9. katekk1200000 says:

    is PEONY the …

  10. creativebeam1 says:

    You must of done a …
    You must of done a lot of practice then.
    Wonderful work. Thank you.

  11. virginiald says:

    @creativebeam1 Well …
    @creativebeam1 Well, you know what they say, practice, practice, practice! Chinese brush strokes are very precise, so they need to be practiced to allow them to flow effortlessly.

  12. creativebeam1 says:

    Oh my goodness. …
    Oh my goodness. That is so so beautiful.
    You make it look so easy! Love it.

  13. virginiald says:

    @Rosyinks Thanks!
    @Rosyinks Thanks!

  14. Rosyinks says:

    beautiful :)
    beautiful :)

  15. virginiald says:

    I usually order my …
    I usually order my brushes from orientalartsupply. I believe Blue Heron Arts also has reliable brushes. If you are painting small strokes (leaf stems, for instance), use a small brush; if you are painting big petals or leaves, use a medium or large brush. I like hard brushes generally (weasel, horse or wolf hair) rather than soft brushes (goat, sheep hair) because I like the springiness of a brush. I suggest a medium Orchid/Bamboo brush and a small Idea brush to start off.

  16. tulipkg says:

    Can you tell me …
    Can you tell me where can buy these chinese brushes ( which i can draw bamboo,flowers,etc. ) online. Could you send me the link. Iam impressed by the chinese paintings. Its awesome. Can you also tell me the brush size. Thank you so much.

  17. gcfanforever says:

    i have no taklent …
    i have no taklent what do ever DX

  18. yerhmgirl says:

    O wow nice
    O wow nice

  19. virginiald says:

    Good question about …
    Good question about loading the brush. Because I am using silk dyes in many of these videos, I rinse my brush then dip it in a water solution containing a few drops of clear glue, then dip the tip into the dye. This still allows the silk dyes to flow on the paper, but gives a bit of body to the stroke. If I am using Chinese inks, I do not use the glue mixture, just water.

  20. peacock697 says:

    hai, how did you …
    hai, how did you load the brush

  21. virginiald says:

    @Thedancingbrush …
    @Thedancingbrush Hi Nora! I have a vacupress (a heat press that also creates a vacuum) and I use an archival adhesive tissue mount to mount the xuan to an acid-free mounting board. It works very well once you have worked out how much time to keep it in the machine. My experience is that single xuan may take as little as 35 secs; double xuan maybe 45 secs; never more than a minute or the paper gets sized and unusable. Problem w wetmounting is the board warps too much.

  22. Thedancingbrush says:

    @Hi Virginia, How …
    @Hi Virginia, How do you pre-mount the xuan paper? Do you wet mount it and then paint on it?

  23. 4nDi says:

    @virginiald Thank …
    @virginiald Thank you for the information.

  24. virginiald says:

    @4nDi I buy …
    @4nDi I buy handmade rice paper called ‘shuen’, either single or double thickness. I use the raw not the sized paper, because I want the colors to flow and bleed. I use the smooth side for flowers and birds and the rough side for landscapes. Watercolor paper doesn’t work because the colors don’t penetrate the fiber of the paper. You can see this happening on my videos (I have premounted the rice paper in the videos to facilitate the filming.).

  25. 4nDi says:

    Hi, i want to know …
    Hi, i want to know what kind of watercolor paper are you using? The Chinese rice paper? or the American watercolor paper from Arts store? If you are using the Chinese rice paper. which side are you using? the semi-smooth surface or the rough texture side?

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