The 2018 CBPS AGM was a great success! Knuston Hall gave us a warm welcome and plenty of good food. The AGM business was conducted with good humour, and Louisa Yuen brought lots of interesting papers, brushes and books.
The three workshops from CBPS member teachers were excellent!
Kaili Fu captured the spirit of the lotus in literati style on xuan, with a hovering dragonfly.
Maggie Cross was inspired by an African safari with Jane Dwight to paint dramatic leopards and lions on mulberry paper.
Her innovative use of a large hake brush to model the body or form the lion’s mane really inspired us to be bold!
Dr Xuzhuang Li shared three new phrases with his unique step-by-step guide to running script. He explained the different calligraphy scripts – the photo shows the seal script for “dragon” – and the characteristic strokes for running script.
Several interesting events coming up at the Ashmolean. Apparently A New Moon Shines Over Bloomsbury! On Fri 2 Nov, 1–2.30pm, Dr Paul Bevan, will explore Ling Suhua’s ‘Friendship Scroll’, with a chance to see this unique artwork – a handscroll with multiple vignettes by several modern Chinese artists including Zhang Daqian and Xu Beihong.
Looking ahead to 2019, learn about Chinese woodblock printing:
Have a look here for unique hand-made brushes. Elizabeth was using the normal oriental brushes, and started making her own to push herself “out of her comfort zone” and to get new effects. Could inspire us all to have a go!
There are several CBP and calligraphy courses at Missenden Abbey coming up this Autumn and in 2019. Residential & non-residential places are available. Tutors include Kali Fu and Li Xuzhuang (who will also be at our AGM in November), William Cai and Qu Leilei.
The Chinese Gallery at the British Museum will include and rotate different types of objects such as paintings, prints and textiles. It includes a digital version of the rarely-displayed Admonitions Scroll.