Lucky 8 horses for Sucess a Chinese Painting Demo by Henry Li

chinese painting ink Eight is a lucky number in Chinese because Fa(fortune) and Ba(8) are same pronounciation in Cantonese and other regional dialects. Lucky Eight Horses has been a favorite theme in Chinese painting. I did this in a CNY’s festival at a local mall to repress my good wishes for the Year of Rabbit.
In the beginning, I was thinking to do all the horses racing forward as seen in most “eight horse” Chinese paintings, but I made the second horse backword accidentally, so I changed my mind to set them the ranch instead.


1. Waterbrushes
2. Semi-sized Xuan Rice Paper
4. Marie’s Chinese Painting Colours
5. Sumi Painting Colors
4. Chung Hwa Ink
5. Felt pad
6. Magnetic paperweights
7. Magnetic Board
8. Peach Sap Glue Power
9. Bamboo brush holder
10. Ceramic Flower Palette

Chinese painting supplies available at

A good news for those who are interested in learning Chinese brush painting
I will be teaching an online class and here is the class description
Sumi Ink and Watercolor on Rice Paper
Teacher: Henry X. Li
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

Please go to to pre-register if you are interested. There will be a $5.00 registration fee to register an a student account for the class.

Thank you for your questions and comments!


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18 Responses to “Lucky 8 horses for Sucess a Chinese Painting Demo by Henry Li”

  1. haliliu says:

    My tao kao do class …
    My tao kao do class go there at the mall to performe

  2. oso21564160 says:

    Es acrilico o …
    Es acrilico o acuarela, gracias muy buenos sus trabajos….saludos Hernán de Perú

  3. blueheronarts says:

    @kobi2187 …/ …
    @kobi2187 …/blueheronarts is my facebook page where “…” stands for the facebook domain name and “blueheronarts” is my facebook user name. Thanks and I will add you as friend.

  4. kobi2187 says:

    @blueheronarts …
    @blueheronarts Henry, what is your Facebook page?

  5. blueheronarts says:

    @jasneskis Thank …
    @jasneskis Thank you for following me on Youtube. BTW, you may also follow me on facebook with my old and recent painting gallery. Happy painting!

  6. jasneskis says:

    Thank you for …
    Thank you for another great video and answering my questions. I’ve been following you for several years now on You Tube, have learned a great deal from you and have so much more to learn. I enjoy your work immensely. I continue to wish you and yours the greatest happiness and success.

  7. lindaag0 says:

    @dinasaur2 I bought …
    @dinasaur2 I bought those magnets from Henry’s on-line store & they work very well with a magnetic white board covered in felt for supporting the rice paper.

  8. dinasaur2 says:

    @blueheronarts …
    @blueheronarts Shall do! Thank you.

  9. blueheronarts says:

    @dinasaur2 Please …
    @dinasaur2 Please check the materials List in video description. The paper I used is called “Semi-sized Xuan Rice Paper” which is inexpensive but very good for beginners of ricve paper painting.

  10. dinasaur2 says:

    Wonderful Henry!

    Wonderful Henry!

    I also have an interest in the magnet’s that hold the paper in place, Which type of paper are you using here? Rice paper or Mullberry?

  11. dinasaur2 says:

    Wonderful Henry!

    Wonderful Henry!

    I also have an interest in the magnet’s that hold the paper in place,

  12. dinasaur2 says:

    Wonderful! I also …
    Wonderful! I also have an interest in the magnet’s that hold the paper in place,

  13. dinasaur2 says:


  14. blueheronarts says:

    @jasneskis The …
    @jasneskis The calligraphy on the lower-left corner is inscription on another dolphin painting I did earlier. Please search for “A Sumi and Watercolor Painting with 2 Dolphins Kissing” and you will see. I was by a very noisy stage when I did this demo. I sort of develop the painting as it immerges in the painting process. Sometimes, idea comes after I put some color randomly. BTW, I will do a step-by-step class for beginners this summer at artfulgathering(dot)com. Thanks!

  15. jasneskis says:

    I would love to …
    I would love to know what the Chinese writing is at the bottom of the video, is it notes reminding you what to put into the painting? Is it notes reminding you how to approach the horses and where their placement should be? Maybe it has nothing to do with the painting at all? I always prefer when you speak during your videos explaining what is happening and/or your though process. Great video.

  16. blueheronarts says:

    @seatli Thanks for …
    @seatli Thanks for your comments!

  17. seatli says:

    i’d prefer more …
    i’d prefer more slow video, but anyway the painting is excellent!!!

  18. MrHroark says:

    Henry…the magic …
    Henry…the magic of your artistry becomes even more obvious when shown faster…incredible.
    Thanks for sharing it.

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