Iris & Rock part 2 – Chinese Brush Painting by Virginia Lloyd-Davies

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

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16 Responses to “Iris & Rock part 2 – Chinese Brush Painting by Virginia Lloyd-Davies”

  1. virginiald says:

    I like a hard …
    I like a hard bristle brush for most subjects. If you go to OAS or Blue Heron Arts, they are probably called orchid/bamboo brushes. Soft brushes are good for big petals, like peony, or lotus leaves.

  2. sholstein says:

    Forgot to ask but …
    Forgot to ask but what kind of brush are you using for this? A question you’ve probably been asked many times, ha.

  3. virginiald says:

    Good question. If …
    Good question. If you paint in ‘splashing ink’ or ‘boneless’ style (in other words, you don’t paint an outline first and then color it in), you need an absorbent rice paper so the inks can penetrate the paper and can move on the surface. Try double shuen rice paper or cotton paper if you don’t like thin rice paper.

  4. sholstein says:

    Never mind, I got …
    Never mind, I got the answer from a another video you posted. Thanks! ps – your painting technique is very inspirational.

  5. sholstein says:

    Is there an …
    Is there an advantage painting on rice paper with ink? I just use regular watercolor with 140lb paper. Thanks.

  6. virginiald says:

    Thanks for your …
    Thanks for your feedback. Yes, the strokes for the bird’s head, beak and eye make all the difference in the bird’s expression. I often do sheets of just heads to ‘warm up’ the brush. Happy painting!

  7. sholstein says:

    This is a great …
    This is a great practice exercise. You paint it so wonderfully. I practice it every day. Painting the head of the bird in one stroke is challenging, ha. Thanks for posting this!

  8. 5real4julian says:

    I like it
    I like it

  9. rubinasara says:

    artistic beautiful …
    artistic beautiful outstanding

  10. virginiald says:

    The colors spread …
    The colors spread because I am using silk dyes (dyes that are intended to color silk) on unsized rice paper. I find the effect fascinating too, particularly because it adds such an element of the unknown to each stroke.

  11. anniefaiella says:

    I just loved …
    I just loved watching the color spread.

  12. fladdog says:

    this is …
    this is outstanding.

  13. melvencastelino says:

    too good …melven …
    too good …melven … india !

  14. virginiald says:

    I am glad you are …
    I am glad you are feeling inspired; I am still learning too! We go on learning our whole lives. My teacher is 88 and he says he is still learning. The colors I am using on this DVD are silk dyes because they are very bright and vibrant. They are not easy to use, though, so I recommend using the traditional Chinese chips or tubes like Miss Marie’s watercolors.

  15. virginiald says:

    In this DVD I am …
    In this DVD I am using double shuen (thick) rice paper which I have pre-mounted on a board. The brushes are are traditional Chinese round brushes made from natural animal hair. I like hard or springy hair, described in catalogs as weasel or wolf hair, or bamboo/orchid brush. If I am painting peonies, I may use a softer goat hair brush.

  16. TheBalladman says:

    Both artist and …
    Both artist and musician are skilful and self-assured and the partnership creates a real sense of tranquillity. I did not want it to end. It ought to be on tv!

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