Monday, August 31, 2009

Hibiscus painted in the meticulous style of Chinese painting

Having had a fit about going to my Chinese painting class I had a lovely day and felt that actually I had done a reasonable painting.
Our teacher was Xue-Liang Fang from Nanching in China. A very nice man with very little English but a wonderful teacher and a very patient man.
I actually came home feeling I knew more about it than half the artists who were there and was really pleased with the way my leaves turned out.
A totally different way of painting, we were given a pre done sketch which we traced lightly onto some "cooked" paper, I presume rice paper and then shown how to draw the outline in with a pen and ink, different way of holding things and then shading with the ink and pen and then finally the color.
His stuff is absolutely lovely and very very meticulous but the ten of us who were there had a lovely day.
I asked afterwards was he going to go home and do some Australian stuff and was shown his sketchbook with very detailed drawings and notes.
He also showed us how he does birds but I only have a scan of the one he did for us.
Tonight's Haiku is by Ransetsu

Pine tree silhouette
painted by the
harvest moon
on a shining sky.


The Weaver of Grass said...

Lovely painting Penny - very delicate - glad you enjoyed the day, it sounds wonderful. Love the haiku too. It reminded me of the day that my son saw Orion through the branches of a tree and siad that Orion had decorated the tree with fairy lights.

Candy said...

Your painting is beautiful. I'm so glad you had a nice time.

Another wonderful haiku.

Robyn said...

Having just read your previous post, Penny how lovely it is to discover that you had a great day with your Chinese art teacher. You should be very pleased with those leaves - beautiful.

I was quite surprised to learn you teacher works with a pen outline - it would be interesting to see his Australian paintings in his style. Classes are always stimulating - and it's nice to discover one knows more than one thought.

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Peceli and Wendy's Blog said...

Very nice, but remember to be yourself, keep your own style, your own choice of subject. I'm glad you enjoyed the day.

BT said...

What an interesting way to paint Penny. I love your hibiscus, you have learnt well. Super haiku too.

Quilt Rat said...

Oh! this is gorgeous. I would totally make this into an art quilt