Views of the Neighborhood – Chinese Brush Painting

The ancient art of Chinese Brush Painting was present in the Lakeway Activity Center this weekend. On Saturday and today, a class was and is being held on Chinese Brush Art. Unlike traditional western-style painting, Chinese Brush Painting is meant to capture the spirit of the subject rather than its photographic reality. The ink and paper cannot be retouched once the stroke is made, so many exciting results can be achieved.

Chinese Brush Painting

An example of a finished piece.

Chinese Brush Painting

The class is spending time interpreting Three Friends of winter. The Three Friends are pine, plum, and bamboo, which survive in the winter months. Pictured are classmates on the left, and the instructor is on the right.

Chinese Brush Art

The Three Friends of Winter represent Strength, Adversity, and Longevity. The artist is working on her interpretation of plum.

The entire class is working on Plum one brushstroke at a time.

This artist is well along with her interpretation of plum.

The ink and brush are united on a palette.

One-on-one guidance is provided and welcome praise for the result.

Contemplation of the next line.

A gentle hand of encouragement.

The brushes used for Chinese Brush Art.

The instructor was born under the Water sign of the Dragon. Her Chop (Used to sign her work) depicts a dragon coming out of the water along with her name character.

Color has been added.

Adding gentle strokes of color to complete the piece.

The class will be working on bamboo today. I want to thank them for allowing me to witness their progress with Chinese Brush Art.

Also, thank you all for joining me on this art tour today. Have a great week.

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  1. This artwork is lovely. I know I would like this.

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    1. I’m sure you would. It has a complexity that I think you would enjoy.

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  2. Oriental painting is a whole different art form. These ladies are lucky to have such a teacher.

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    1. She is good and very hospitable.

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  3. The finished piece is gorgeous. It looks like the Oriental painting requires a lot of time and patience. I enjoyed learning more about it, John. Happy Sunday!

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    1. Thank you, Jill. I enjoyed learning abou it too. Have a super Sunday as well.

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  4. Very cool and looks challenging. Did you give it a try?

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    1. I did not try it. Too difficult for me.

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  5. Interesting on multiple levels. But I don’t think Twiggy would be good at this … Lucy maybe … but definitely not Twiggy.

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    1. Although Twiggy likes to be brushed. 😁

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  6. Gail Threinen · ·

    John, it was so much fun to meet you and have you visit the class yesterday! If anyone lives in the Lakeway, Texas area, I will be teaching another Chinese Brush Painting class on March 28 and 29. Call the Lakeway Activity Center at 512-261-1010 to register.. we will paint Bamboo.

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    1. Thank you, Gail. It was fun observing your talent as well. Take care. 😁

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  7. This is fascinating! Thank you for taking us along, John.

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    1. Thank you, Jennie.

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      1. You’re welcome, John.

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  8. We love this Chinese way of painting. It’s simplistic and powerful and a great expression of the painter. We love to have a teacher too.
    Have a happy week to come
    The Fab Four of Cley
    πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you Klausbernd. Here’s wishing the Fab Four a happy week as well

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      1. Thank you
        πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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  9. I love how the spirit of an object is brought to life through this style of painting.

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    1. I like that idea as well, Pilgrim.

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      1. Beautiful stuff, John

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  10. Wow. I am in awe of anyone who can paint in any form… I, woefully, was not gifted this capability..
    Thanks for the intimate tour.

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    1. Thak you for going along.

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      1. I wish I could learn!

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  11. I’ve always liked Chinese brush paintings, but I never knew how they were created. Thank you for giving us a demonstration!

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    1. You are very welcome, Liz

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  12. Beautiful!!! And, did you try your hand at it, too? Looks fun, but I would not have the patience, and shaky hands wouldn’t produce quite the same result, I think πŸ˜‰

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    1. I did not have the courage to try. I’m with you on the patience.

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  13. How cool! I love this!

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  14. D.L. Finn, Author · ·

    What a beautiful art form. Thanks for sharing, John:)

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    1. Thank you, Denise.

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  15. The finished piece is lovely. I love that Chinese art leaves some space for the imagination. These ladies are serious in their work. You must have used your charm to convince them to photograph them at work.

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    1. Hahahaha. Yes they were most gracious.

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  16. I love this. I tried to include a bit of it in Serang, but words are my medium. I couldn’t draw a crooked line these days.

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  17. Such beautiful paintings! I’m half-sorry I don’t have the time or the patience to learn something this calming!

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  18. I didn’t realize only one stroke id allowed per line-fascinating! They create beautiful paintings ❀

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    1. It is a matter of practicality. The paper and ink do not allow corrections. (There is no do over in Brush art)

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  19. I love those.

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  20. Looks very threapeutic and some great paintings too.

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    1. A very calm exercise. A big challenge though.

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  21. The finished piece is glorious. I’d love to have it hanging in my office. Thank you for taking us along.

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    1. Thanks for coming.

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      1. Happy I didn’t miss the boat πŸ™‚

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      2. Me too.😊

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  22. That looks like a good class and a fun time. I’m glad they let you bring us on a tour.

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    1. Yes they were very cordial.

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  23. Beautiful results! I’d probably get kicked out of the class – no talent whatsoever unless it’s paint by number.

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    1. Hahaha. Join the club.

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  24. This is something I would love to try!

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    1. You should find an instructor and go for it. Thanks, Michelle

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  25. Lovely, John. πŸ™‚ — Suzanne

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    1. Thank you , Suzanne. 😊

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