A message from CBPS member teacher Claire.
What a happy weekend we have just had at Knuston Hall ! We were all so grateful to be able to paint together again. There was an understandable frisson of anxiety at the beginning as in any new
situation but that soon evaporated as we settled into a novel routine.
The work produced was outstanding! Unfortunately we couldn’t display it all on the walls but I have uploaded the paintings on to our website Double Happiness Studio.
Eamonn and all his wonderful staff at Knuston have worked so hard with so many agencies to be allowed to open. Everything was done for our safety and comfort.
I am looking forward to my next course in October!
CBPS Member Teacher William Cai won a medal for his calligraphy this summer. He sent his calligraphy to the 37th International Calligraphy Exhibition in the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum. A total of 8,000 people participated this time, and 2,000 people were selected, including William.
His calligraphy is the smaller work – a poem by Tang poet Wang Changlin, the 4th of his Seven Songs from the Army, extolling the bravery of patriotic soldiers.
Gongbi work is painted on sized paper or sized silk and is a very controlled technique. It can produce some exquisitely beautiful paintings.
Gongbi painting is now not widely taught in the UK. It is therefore difficult to learn the technique. We have been unable to find any books that give a detailed explanation of the techniques in the English language. We are therefore gathering what we have learnt from Cai Xiaoli, Kaili Fu, Li Jia and Qu Leilei in a series of books for our members.
Marion Dearlove has written the first of these books, covering Bai Miao – line work – and Mo Ran – ink washes. It provides a detailed step-by-step guide to this technique.
Three books are planned in the series and will be issued free of charge to all CBPS members over the next 2 years.
There are lots of print makers influenced by Oriental Art. Pat pointed to the work of Adrian Holmes.
Laura Boswell‘s prints use Japanese woodblock methods, including her elegant Night Gardens, Kyoto (in her Gallery). She is filming a series of short videos all about how she creates a reduction linocut print. These videos are such a treat and a real insight into her practice. You can watch through her You Tube channel, Facebook or Instagram.
Pine Feroda is a group of print makers who work collaboratively, and blogged about their visit to a Chinese print master.
Henry Li has videos on using monoprints as a basis for lotus and landscape (parts 1, 2, 3). Definitely worth a try ! Note that he uses sized paper, or thicker mulberry paper. Normal xuan is not ideal for this technique because it tends to tear when saturated.