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 three books for our members. They will be provided free to members while supplies last.
Marion has generously made available the underdrawings and final versions of her line work and ink wash step-by-step illustrations in Gongbi 1. You can print these for your own use.
Xia Gui, another of the 4 great Song dynasty landscape artists, further developed the traditions of Li Tang, also focusing his
landscapes on detail rather than on scale.
Angela has kindly provided the underdrawing of her bird and loquats, for you to print and use for your own paintings.
In the third volume, Margaret Wall will provide a step-by-step guide to writing Chinese phrases in Slender Gold script.