среда, 10 октября 2012 г.

A New Way to Interact with Reality

The art of calligraphy in Japan is called “Sodo,” which translates as “The Path of the Letter.” For me Wŭ Xíng painting is the “path of the brush and paint,” “the path of the painting;” “the path of drawing.”
It wasn’t that long ago that I received the gift of Wŭ Xíng from my teacher, but even over the last five years painting has changed me dramatically. I understood from the start that Wŭ Xíng was more than just painting, and couldn’t even imagine how deep and rich of a practice it was. I’m not afraid to call Wŭ Xíng a unique method of spiritual and psychophysical development.

вторник, 14 августа 2012 г.


Works of students who visited the workshop about poppys, carried our by Nataly Kotova in Wu Xing School of Painting (Moscow).
This technique is a bit unusual. It is done over a thick layer of gouache painting and water. The word "gouache" translates from Italian as a "wet moor", so they used the opportunity to make thick untransparent layers of this paint. 

понедельник, 6 августа 2012 г.

Great chinese artists: Zhang Daqian

Zhang Daqian: Lotus PaintingsZhang Daqian: Bird PaintingsZhang Daqian: Landscape PaintingsZhang Daqian Portrait The original material is taken from here

Zhang Daqian (張大千, 1899-1983), original name Zhang Yuan (張爰) and pseudonym Daqian, was one of the best-known and most prodigious Chinese artists of the twentieth century. He is also regarded by many art experts as one of the most gifted master forgers of the twentieth century. He excelled at all types of paintings, and is especially famous for his landscape, as well as lotus paintings.

понедельник, 25 июня 2012 г.

Chinese artists: Xu Beihong

Xu Beihong (徐悲鴻, 1895-1953) was primarily known for his Shui-mo Hua (Chinese ink-and-wash painting) of horses and birds and one of the first Chinese artists to articulate the need for artistic expressions that reflected a new modern China at the beginning of the 20th century. He was also regarded as one of the first to create monumental oil paintings with epic Chinese themes - a show of his high proficiency in an essential Western art technique.
Xu Beihong: Lion       Xu began studying classic Chinese works and calligraphy with his father Xu Dazhang when he was six, and Chinese painting when he was nine. In 1915, he moved to Shanghai, where he made a living off commercial and private work. He traveled to Tokyo in 1917 to study arts. When he returned to China, he began to teach at Peking University's School of Art at the invitation of Cai Yuanpei (蔡元培). Beginning in 1919, Xu studied overseas in Paris at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, where he studied oil painting and drawing. His travels around Western Europe allowed him to observe and imitate Western art techniques. He came back to China in 1927 and, from 1927 to 1929, gained a number of posts at institutions in China, including teaching at National Central University (now Nanjing University) in the former capital city Nanjing.
       In 1933, Xu organized an exhibition of modern Chinese painting that traveled to France, Germany, Belgium, Italy and the Soviet Union. During World War II, Xu traveled to Southeast Asia, holding exhibitions in Singapore and India. All the proceeds from these exhibitions went to Chinese people who were suffering as a result of the war.
Xu Beihong: Magpie       Xu enjoyed massive support from art collectors across Asia. Between 1939 and 1941, he held solo exhibitions in Singapore, India and Malaysia (Penang, Kuala Lumpur and Ipoh) to help raise funds for the war relief effort in China. During an exhibition in March 1939, Xu held a group exhibition with Chinese painting masters Ren Bonian (任伯年) and Qi Baishi (齊白石), and showcased 171 works of art at the Victoria Memorial Hall.
Xu Beihong: Galloping Horse       After the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949, Xu became president of the Central Academy of Fine Arts and chairman of the Chinese Artists' Association. Xu is probably the one most responsible for the direction taken in the modern Chinese Art world.
       Xu Beihong was a master of both Chinese ink and oil. Most of his works, however, were in the Chinese traditional style. In his efforts to create a new form of national art, he combined Chinese brush and ink techniques with Western perspective and methods of composition. He integrated firm and bold brush strokes with the precise delineation of form. As an art teacher, he advocated the subordination of technique to artistic conception and emphasizes the importance of the artist's experiences in life. 
 Xu died of a stroke in 1953. After his death, a Xu Beihong Museum was established at his house in Beijing.

Original material is here

понедельник, 28 мая 2012 г.

How to draw a peacock?

Author of the material: Nataly Kotova

Fast Wu Xing way.

You can click a picture to view it in a larger scale.  

First step - devide a bird into geometric figures and try to place it within a paper. If one piece of paper is not enough - take a larger one :)

понедельник, 21 мая 2012 г.

Qi Baishi - great chinese artist

Qi Baishi (齊白石, 1864-1957) was one of the most well-known contemporary Chinese painters. His original name is Qi Huang (齊璜) and style name Weiqing (渭清). Baishi ("white stone") is one of his pseudonyms. Some of Qi's major influences include the Ming Dynasty artist Xu Wei (徐渭) and the early Qing Dynasty painter Zhu Da (朱耷, 即"八大山人")The subjects of his paintings include almost everything, commonly animals, scenery, figures, vegetables, and so on. In his later years, many of his works depict mice, shrimps, or birds. Qi Baishi is particularly known for painting shrimps.

Qi Baishi portrait
       Born to a peasant from Xiangtan (湘潭), Hunan, Qi became a carpenter at fourteen, and it was largely through his own efforts that he became adept at the arts of poetry, calligraphy, painting, and seal-carving. In his forties, Qi Baishi began traveling and looking for more inspiration. He came upon the Shanghai School, which was very popular at the time, and met Wu Changshuo (吳昌碩) who then became another mentor to him and inspired a lot of his works. Another influence of Qi Baishi came about fifteen years later, as Qi became close to Chen Shizeng (陳師曾) after he settled down in Beijing.
       Qi Baishi theorized that "paintings must be something between likeness and unlikeness." His prodigious output reflects a diversity of interests and experience, generally focusing on the smaller things of the world rather than the large landscape. Shrimp, fish, crabs, frogs, insects, and peaches were his favorite subjects. Using heavy ink, bright colors, and vigorous strokes, he created works of a fresh and lively manner that expressed his love of nature and life.
       In 1953 Qi Baishi was elected to the president of the Association of Chinese Artists. He was active to the end of his long life and served briefly as the honorary president of the Beijing Academy of Chinese Painting, which was founded in May, 1957. He died in Beijing on September 16, 1957.

пятница, 11 мая 2012 г.

воскресенье, 29 апреля 2012 г.

Chinese painting: cats

Author: Nataly Kotova, artist and teacher of Wu Xing painting

Since painting appeared in China there was invented a style called "sketch of lines". Ancient Chinese philosophers, scientists and poets made sketches with 2-3 lines which were supposed to reveal "the spirit of alive movement". These lines have a nature of Metal energy. As only Metal brushstroke can change from wide line into thin one, can be long or sharp. 
I tried to paint cats in this style, this animal is flexible, the right sense for the Metal brushstroke. 

Painting in this style you don't have to picture every part of the animal, you can forget one leg or eyes. The main idea is to feel and show the main line of movement in this or that pose.