All posts by Angela Reich

Summer Rain

Fu Baoshi (1904-1965) frequently painted rainy landscapes and waterfalls.   He lived through all the changes of the twentieth century, developing his own distinctive style.  The Met  exhibition Chinese Art in an Age of Revolution, featured Fu Baoshi. There is a video lecture of the exhibition and his life, though the images of the paintings are a bit fuzzy.  You can see them better if you scroll down the exhibition site.

He did not only paint water. The Ashmolean has a charming painting of a scholar in his studio.

Henry Li demonstrates Fu Baoshi’s style, and again.

Chinese Painters in Books


Sea of Ink – a slim book of impressions of the very famous Qing dynasty artist Bada Shanren

The Ten Thousand Things – a novel about Yuan dynasty painter Wang Meng

Brushstrokes in Time – a novel about The Stars Movment, which includes CBPS’s honorary president Qu Leilei


The Upright Brush – life and work of great Tang dynasty calligrapher Yan Zhenqing

Repentant Monk – about the wonderful Ming figure painter Chen Hongshou

Shitao – monograph about this very famous Qing dynasty painter

Fu Shan’s WorldFu Shan was one of the famous Qing dynasty calligraphers.  If you saw the Three Emperors exhibition at the RA, you will have seen his calligraphy alongside Bada Shanren’s

Modern Ink – the art of Qi Baishi

A Chinese Artist in Britain – an illustrated retrospective of Qu Leilei’s work.

Qu Leilei: A Chinese Artist In Britain By Yan Liu


Making an Impression

Dye House at Konya-cho, Kanda, Utagawa Hiroshige, Met Museum.

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 channelFacebook 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.

Or you can try printing real objects like leaves.  Remember the Newsletter July 2019, with Colleen’s fish – an example of gyotako
This delightful animation explains the background and  methods.  Even more on the method – possibly too much!  Enthusiastic Hawaiian fish-printer.

David Bull is a printer working in Japan, who re-created the Great Wave.

A Cut Above

Members have been getting creative with paper & scissors.

From Pat J: I thought this origami blog by the British Museum was very good.

Zara: For an advanced challenge check this out – The prawns look amazing but a lot of effort to make.  I recommend subscribing to Colossal newsletter, you get some of the most amazing global creative things on it.

Leo: I have been cutting up old discarded Chinese brush work and reforming them. By drawing on the back of the old work randomly and cutting up without knowing what lies on the other side. I have just allowed the shapes to dictate once turned right side up.  Here are some examples.

Catch off Anglesey

A Little Different

Zara had fun painting her cactus different papers. The beetle was due to an ink splat when shaking the bottle!

Lovely watery pond by Leo.

Peng’s fresh Lupin with robber fly patiently waiting for its next meal, and a fallen leaf from London plane tree with two water striders (pond-skaters).

Pauline has painted this  unusual plant – a corkscrew grass about 40cm tall (also known as rats tail grass), bought at a Rare Plants Fayre.  It has a strong vanilla perfume.

Angela keeps trying to paint white wisteria without using white paint.

Peach Blossom Spring

Tani Buncho, Earthly Paradise of Wuling, a handscroll painting. British Museum

The tale of the Peach Blossom Spring is often painted.  There is a handscroll in the British Museum, and here is a walk through a handscroll from the Wou Lien-Pai Museum of Chinese Art, courtesy of Roderick Whitfield: Peach Blossom Spring.ppt

Some of you might remember Xu Bing’s installation at the V&A in 2013: Travelling to the Wonderland was inspired by the Peach Blossom Spring.

Wou Lien-Pai Museum 2011
ed R Whitfield, OMpublishingHK
Xu Bing village (c) A Reich

Welcoming Spring

Cherry blossom by Kerima
Haiku by Chris G
Spring by Chris G

The daffodils are an adaptation of “east meets west” – stylised lotus leaves with daffodil blooms, painted on a special cotton material.  In this time of lock-down and some degree of anxiety, I liked the intention of the haiku – hope beyond the tougher times.

Spring by Chris G
Spring by Chris G
Hellebore by Rayne
Camellias by Maggie
As I am still able to get around quite well I decided to shop at my local Sainsbury’s during ‘oldies’ hour.
There were no queues, no shortage of things I needed, cheerful assistants and when I paid at the checkout shoppers were offered a free bouquet of spring flowers. So there are some nice things happening despite all the restrictions!
As a souvenir of this I painted the tulips
Gift tulips by Sybil
Plum blossom (unfinished) by Stella
Spring bird by Leo
Wisteria by Seiko
Flowers by Lucy

Awaiting Spring

A glimpse of flowering quince and a Japanese lantern.

A few more Chinese blossoms.

Lovely slow-motion apricot flowers opening.

The “four friends of the flowers” are the swallow; oriole; bee and butterfly.

The Arundel Tulip Festival.

More lovely blooms from members’ gardens – camellias, tulips, plum blossom and magnolia, greengage, rununculus, clivia  – and a spring garland!

Japonica and Lantern
Cherry Blossom
Exotic Emperor
Ranunculus, Marsh Mallow
plum blossom