I’ve recently started studying Chinese brush painting. Such a simple thing is so difficult to do well, and yet it’s also very meditative and satisfying. I decided that the daily discipline of creating during this month would be the perfect opportunity to practice my skills, and play a bit with surfaces, themes, etc.
My classes are based on traditional designs, and I’m glad to be learning them. Hopefully, I’ll also find some ways to explore my own.
I think the Four Gentlemen are bamboo, orchid, plum blossom, and maybe peony – and for my first day I’m submitting a bamboo. It’s not very good. My brush control is poor, learning to use the right amount of ink to water, learning to press and release the brush while moving it across the paper is tricky. But even by the end of my session this afternoon, I could feel a rhythm developing.