|Another Alston Hall course was responsible for my introduction to Chinese Painting
I'd booked the course because I'd heard it was relaxing - it was.........and I was hooked!
There are basically 2 types of Chinese Painting -
Brush & ink/watercolour and Gong-bi or meticulous
I tried the brush & ink 1st........such freedom of expression - even when just painting bamboo over & over again!! It's painted with such freedom - and with NO DRAWING involved - that I decided to rename it 'splish-splash-splosh' - you simply load the brush and go for it.
With our Chinese tutor telling us all 'there are no mistakes' - even though the results were mixed - we ALL thoroughly enjoyed the course
After the course, I knew I'd like to do some more and so I joined the Chinese Brush Painters' Society (CBPS) in Yorkshire - and join them occasionally to learn from the expert visiting tutors & enjoy the company of others
During these courses, I was introduced to the 2nd style - Gong-bi
As this entails very detailed work with extremely fine brushes
and I had originally thought I'd hate it
- after all, it's the antithesis of the freestyle brush & ink method
I couldn't have been more wrong!!
I found it completely absorbing and simply LOVE the results
As the classes are a good 2 hour drive away, I've not been able to go to all of them -
but they're promoted well in advance & I've been lucky enough to book onto some of them
I've produced quite a lot of paintings - some better than others (!)
Whilst I don't yet want to part from the originals, I've reduced the size of the pictures
and made simple blank cards/notelets
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