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01-10-2002, 07:42 AM
Does anyone here practice?
Calligraphy or water colour painting?
01-10-2002, 11:01 AM
Yes, I do.
I took it up about 3 years ago in an attempt to gain some insight into the classical mind of the samurai. Didn't work.:(
I enjoyed it though so I kept it up. I do it now more as a form of meditation as that if forces me to relax in order to get the strokes correct, but yet at the same time requires alot of concentration.
Besides, it has really come in handy when making out rank certificates. My students like to see some Chinese writing on their certificates. It seems to make them feel closer to the past.
I enjoy calligraphy, but my wife is tired of it hanging in the house.
01-10-2002, 02:28 PM
I enjoy black ink painting. Still haven't made it past grinding the ink properly and using newspaper to make gazillions of bamboo stalks and fish.
I have also tried simple charaters, stroke order, "attacking" the paper....
But like any zen art, I await my sudden enlightenment that allows the images to flow freely.
I once watched a painter take a deep breath and as he exhaled he whipped out a wickedly beautiful picture of two large coy in a pond (in less than 2 seconds i'd say). I asked, sensei, how did you do that? He said...."I got a good nights sleep and ate breakfast". Typical.
A persuit I hope to enjoy more in the future.
What's up kung Lek? Thinking of taking up a new hobby?
01-10-2002, 04:09 PM
Hello Kung Lek
I do use watercolours quite a bit but I tend to do more traditional landscapes and studies then chinese images. Can I be of any assistance?
01-11-2002, 12:47 AM
I do watercolors for the backgrounds in my comic books. But they stink bad!
01-12-2002, 08:56 AM
Hey this is great...
Artists unite! hahahaha.
Painting, drawing, sculpting and illustration are deep in me blood they is.
At one point, i learned some japanese calligraphy to "help improve my swordsmanship" as it was put to me.
An artist/teacher who taught me some Kung Fu, a man named Yan Kit was also a very accomplished classical chinese artist and I really enjoyed his work.
We collaborated on the sign for my sifu's school. I did the english and he did the chinese.
Speaking with him during this activity and throughout the time we knew each other taught me a lot about classical art from china and when we rebuilt an old Fat Shan lion head, the help of Yan Kit came through in how the painting of the Lion took shape.
So, yeah, I am interested in learning more about the calligrapy, in particular chinese traditional style.
Can any of you point me towards some literature on the subject?
I have lost touch with Yan Kit as he has gone back to China.
01-12-2002, 02:54 PM
I used to be a d a m n good artist when I was about 15, but has to drop it in favour of higher education :rolleyes:
I have a Chinese calligraphic painting of my name above my bed, that a friend brought back from Hong Kong. It really is beautiful, the letters merge into animals. The "L" has a tiger leaping out of it, the "E" is a dragon with a bird on its back, the "W" is two birds in flight, the "I" is a seal rising from the water, and the "S" is two squirrels in play.
According to the friend who got it for me, it was done with sponges rather than brushes, and the detail penned in. There is Chinese writing around the edge and some more beautiful art of pandas, but I can't read Chinese :(
And yes, my name is Lewis. You heard it here first, OK!! :D
02-08-2002, 10:37 AM
:) hehe Lewis.. : )
yeah i draw stuff now and then.. Used to be a comic book artist but I grew tired and havn't really st down to draw anything serious in years.
Actually that's kinda sad :(
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