Peony-Chinese Brush painting

by Mops
(Ontario)

Hi there;

Several years ago I became interested in Chinese Brush painting. It looked easy....haha!...just load your brush with a light colour, medium colour and finally the tip with a dark colour and make a single stroke for a petal.

I practised and practised for ever and found that the paint had to be just the right consistency....just the right amount of water. After throwing away hundreds of attempts... apparently the answer is to paint quickly, discard the ugly stuff and keep any thing reasonable, I finally came up with one I liked......the only one! Needless to say it is framed and on my wall.

You need good Chinese brushes and paper. I used Winsor Newton paints because I found that the Chinese paints faded after a while.
Mops

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Chinese Paints
by: Anonymous

Hi
You have captured the spirit if the Peony and the leaves are very well done and just the right dark tone for contrast.

I aso due Chinese Brush Painting and was amazed when my Malasian Tutor,who learned from a Chinese Master said they had to practise Bamboo for 2 years and paint at least 100 Chicks.
The best Chinese Paints from natural ingredients and Glue do not run, the cheap ones fron discount stores do.I use Chinese Chips
When I mount my Paintings they only run if other watercolours are used,the nearest equivelent is Guache which also has Glue. It is so lovely to do
I use my practice sheets for Gift Wrap

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Peony Chinese Brush Painting.
by: Mops

Thank you for all the kind comments.....much appreciated. Have to stress though that I was knee deep in disgarded paper and different mixes of paint. For me it took practice, practice, practice.....and lots of aggravation, but I really wanted to paint that peony. If anyone would like info re the art book I studied I'd be happy to send it to you. Not sure if it's stil available.
Mops
Will be in touch Alvin!

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your paintings are beautiful
by: Anonymous

yeah mops, i don't like chinese painting pigments too. we can't expect much quality from china-made pigments because its made-in-china.

mops, i hope to communicate with you. i hope to share your experience with watercolor media and matters on selling paintings.

i like your style of painting. i wonder have you ever wasted a lot on expensive watercolor like i do?

i had wasted a 5-piece 300gsm pad to paint the 'forest' and none really worked out. i think i have to avoid this subject.

here's my email: alvinphua@hotmail.com

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chinese brush painting
by: betty

i have never seen chinese paintings done before your rose is beautiful the colours are very delicate i love it.
betty

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Peony
by: Pearl

Mops, this is lovely, the colours are beautiful, so peaceful to look at. You should keep going with this style, you are very good at it. Cheers Pearl

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Peony-Chinese Brush Painting
by: Joy

Hi Mops,

This painting is absoloutely fabulous...I agree it takes lots of practice......but you have exeled yourself...top markls from me and thanks for sharing

Joy in Australia

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