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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 30 December 2022
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781800920064
  • Stock: Not Yet Published
  • Size: 216x280 mm
  • Illustrations: 750
  • Pages: 112
  • RRP: $36.99

Chinese Brush Painting through the Seasons


by Sun Chenggang & Ning Xiangying

Book Description

30 beautiful, atmospheric designs to paint in the ancient Chinese brush painting style.

Chinese brush painting is a traditional style of painting that has evolved over many centuries. Artists use ink and colour pigments to paint onto rice paper or silk. An important characteristic of this kind of painting is holding and directing the brush in the right way to produce strokes that are delicate and refined. The four co-authors of this book Sun Changgang, Ning Xiangying, Ning Jialu and Miao Hongbo are particularly gifted proponents of this style, which has connections with traditional calligraphy.

Chinese brush painting typically includes themes such as birds, plants and flowers, landscapes, fruit and vegetables and fish. This book explores these themes through the four seasons, with the peony depicted in spring, the lotus flower in summer, the vegetable harvest in autumn and the bamboo bud in winter. Many of the subjects are symbolic and have connotations of good fortune, auspiciousness, good health, a long life, a good harvest, a flourishing family, wealth even immortality!

Explained in the introduction to each project, the symbolism is followed by clear, step-by-step instructions and illustrations. There is a short section at the beginning of the book describing tools, materials and techniques to help readers achieve the almost ethereal beauty and delicacy of this style of painting.

Table of Contents

Introduction 6
Tools and materials 8
Basic skills 12

Spring 14
A Fortune in Bloom 16
Loquats 19
Bringers of Spring 24
Good Ripe Fruit 26
Orchid Portrait 29
Rest in the Plantain Shade 32
Wisteria in Purple 35

Summer 38
Green Leaves, Morning Glory 40
Wishes for Prosperity 43
Lotuses in Summer 46
Reflecting on the Lotus 49
Grapes 52
Lotus Fan 55
Begonia 58
Landscape 61

Autumn 64
Full of Autumn Light 66
Heavensent Seeds 69
Autumn Harmony 72
Double Blessings 75
Festival Feast 78
Crab in the Plantain Shade 81
Garden Bounty 84
Clear Spring, Shaded Scales 87

Winter 90
Blossom in the Bitter Cold 92
Camellia 95
Sweet Flag, Sweet Cherry 98
Good Wishes and Long Life 101
Farmhouse Flavour 104
Goose in the Reeds 107
Good Fruit for a Good Life 110

About the Author

About Sun Chenggang

Sun Changgang was born in Rizhao, Shandong. He is a member of the Chinese Artists Association and sits on the boards of many other artists' associations. He is a part-time professor at Shandong University and has published several books on brush painting.

About Ning Xiangying

Ning Xiangying is a professional artist from Yucheng County. She studied at China Academy of Art and has developed very expert traditional painting skills. Her works are deeply rooted in tradition and she exhibits widely.

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