The Simple Art Of Chinese Brush Painting
(Qu Lei Lei)
A 'voiceless poem' or as 'soundless music', Chinese Brush Painting differs from Western Painting by focusing on the simplistic, but realistic subject matter that expresses its internal spirit. This book is a guide to young aspiring Chinese brush painters as well as to experienced artists.
Qu Lei Lei introduces the exotic art that is Chinese Brush Painting and explains the two main styles and the three main subject areas. The Meticulous or Academic style focused on the detail of form and color of the natural world, whereas the Freehand or Literati style used the brush and ink in showing the artist's emotions and philosohpical ideas.
Landscape, figure and, flowers and birds (animals and plant life are included here too) are the three main subject matter that the two styles used.
Taking us through the history of how Chinese Brush Painting evolved and how to distinguish between the styles, Lei Lei then introduces to the beginner the material involved (brushes, ink sticks, paint, and paper).
Step by step lessons on the techniques of holding the brush to painting a Meticulous style chrysanthemum, gives way to the 15 projects that assimilates and put to practice all the lessons. There are a few notes on formats, subject arrangement, traditional mounting and some calligraphy poems that can allow for authenticity when expressing your own spirit in your work.
This is a very vivid and descriptive book that encourages and explains the Art of Chinese Brush Painting simply, all without the guidance of a teacher.