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

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!


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

  1. blueheronarts says:

    @lindaag0 Yes, you …
    @lindaag0 Yes, you can scan or take pictures of your artworks, then either upload them to the class forum to share with the class or email me to see. If you want my critiques, yes, I will give you. After you pay for the class you have access to all the vdeos from beginning to the end. You make your own schedule to learn and practice. I will be available during the class period checking the class forum and prove critiques. I may also do follow up videos to address common issues. The fee is $65.

  2. blueheronarts says:

    @MrHroark The …
    @MrHroark The material list was the one used for this rabbit painting. I just posted an link to an information page about supplies in the video description. Please check it out and let me know if you have any further question. The basic 3 brushes should be ok to get start but more brushes will help.Paper depends how many practice you do. It could be a dozen or more. Either bottled or hand ground ink are fine. Thanks!

  3. MrHroark says:


    Thanks Henry….
    I did have a couple of questions…
    The materials list includes waterbrushes…will the regular “studio” brushes, such as your “basic” pack be sufficient for that.
    How much paper will be needed?
    Bottled ink or hand ground?
    God bless

  4. blueheronarts says:

    @lindaag0 Linda, I …
    @lindaag0 Linda, I will put it in the video description for you. The Class fee will be $65 for six weeks. The time is flexible since students will be from all over the world via the Internet. I am thinking to do six lectures each about 1.5 hours. And may product follow-up videos during the class. You can watch the class video at your convenient time and share your art works with the class in the class forum. Thank you for your questions.

  5. lindaag0 says:

    Henry, I think you …
    Henry, I think you mentioned before somewhere how much the class fee would be but I can’t seem to find it. Can you please tell us again? Also what day of the week and time please?

  6. blueheronarts says:

    @MrHroark If you …
    @MrHroark If you go to artfulgathering(dot)com and click on the top tab that says “Registration and Policies.”
    There is a $5.00 registration fee to register for the class in June. BTW, I have modified the class description please check the video description and let me know if you have any questions. Thanks!

  7. MrHroark says:

    Any idea when …

    Any idea when registration will be open for your upcoming class?
    Right now, “registration” just links to a sign in blog page.
    God bless

  8. lindaag0 says:

    @blueheronarts …
    @blueheronarts This sounds great Henry. I think it would be very helpful for all of us to hear your critiques, if students are willing to have you do them for others to see/hear. Yo are a great teacher so I’m sure the course will be very valuable.

    Are the classes once a week or some other schedule, and at what time? Do we have to view them in real time?

  9. blueheronarts says:

    @MrHroark Yes, …
    @MrHroark Yes, students can insert a photo of their work in the virtual classroom after each instructional video class. They can do this very easily so I can critique. If they prefer, they can request private critique too. They can e-mail photos of their work, should they wish a private critique. Thanks for your question!

  10. MrHroark says:


    Pardon me Henry…I missed it…the class you described will be on line…sorry.
    That sounds like a great.class! Long enough too.
    Will there be a way for students to show you their artwork for critique and comment?

  11. blueheronarts says:

    @MrHroark This is …
    @MrHroark This is the first time I am conducting an online class. So I am very excited. Thanks for your suggestions!

  12. MrHroark says:


    Good morning Henry. You are up late / early!
    Sounds like a great class…Wish i was close enough to do so. Good luck with it.
    As for classes, I was thinking just the other day that a class on each of the painting rules you have posted on your website would be an interesting one…
    …for may anyway.
    Thanks as always
    God bless

  13. blueheronarts says:

    @MrHroark Thanks! …
    @MrHroark Thanks! Here is the class description: Explore the characteristics of Chinese painting through demonstrations. Use Oriental brush, ink and watercolors on rice paper. Learn traditional subject matters such as bamboo-and-orchid, flowers-and-birds, animals and landscapes, their basic strokes and principles of composition, step-by-step, in a hands on manner. Individual attention to all levels, beginning to advanced, by a Nanjing artist. An online course. Any question or suggestions?

  14. MrHroark says:

    Good luck …

    Good luck with the class Henry
    God bless

  15. blueheronarts says:

    @Jmpapi151 …
    @Jmpapi151 Provided that you have good bamboo-and-orchid brush:-). Check out our online store if you need one. Thanks!

  16. blueheronarts says:

    @lindaag0 You are …
    @lindaag0 You are absolutely right, the main deference between using the chopsticks and wielding the brush is that you have to move your wrist, arm, shoulder in addition to the fingers when you paint. I met a taichi master at the neighboring booth and we talked about the similarity of Chinese painting and “Kungfu” – they both require long time of exercise. Actually that was what the word “Kungfu” means in Chinese.

  17. lindaag0 says:

    Amazing! But …
    Amazing! But learning to wield the brush(es) and do the strokes is a whole other matter! I wish I had started learning sumi-e when I started using chopsticks–I’d have many many years of practice now instead of just beginning :)

  18. Jmpapi151 says:

    This is beautiful. …
    This is beautiful. I am learning Bamboo painting in my art class and this helped me understand that all i have to do is have fun and simply let the brush do its work.

  19. blueheronarts says:

    @lindaag0 Please …
    @lindaag0 Please note that I was holding two brushes as chopsticks 03:08 so you are right that it is helpful as holding the sumi brush is similar to chopsticks. 

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