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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: 200
  • Pages: 112
  • RRP: £12.99

Chinese Brush Painting through the Seasons


by Miao Hongbo & Sun Changgang

Book Description

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 Miao Hongbo, Sun Changgang, Ning Xiangying and Ning Jialu are particularly gifted proponents of this style, which has connections with traditional calligraphy.

Subject areas for Chinese brush painting typically include themes such as birds, plants and flowers, landscapes, fruit and vegetables and fish. This book explores these themes through the four seasons, so we have 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 here are symbolic and have connotations of good fortune, auspiciousness, good health, a long life, a good harvest, a flourishing family, wealth and even immortality!

These meanings and symbols are explained in the introduction to each project and are 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

Traditional Chinese painting

Traditional Chinese Painting
Fortune comes with Blooming Flowers
Message of Spring
Fruiting in Springtime
A Rest under the Shade of Plantain
Wisteria in Purple
Crystal White and Green
Gallery of Works

Green Leaves as the Foil for
Morning Glories
Wish of Great Fortune
Lotuses in Summer
Appreciating Lotuses
Fan Covering of the Lotus Pattern
Scenery of Late Spring

An Eyeful of Autumn Scenery
God-given Ruby-like Pomegranate
Sounds and Tints of Autumn
Double Blessings
Festival Blessing
Fun in the Thicket of Plantain
Vegetable Harvest in the Garden
Fishes Shuttling in Clear Spring
Clear and Crisp Air of Autumn

No Sweet Without Sweat
Stand in Cold Weather
Watch Calamus and Have Fruit
Good Wishes and Longevity
Countryside Food
Goose in Reeds
Fragrance of Vegetables
Spring Festival

Gallery of paintings

About the Author

About Miao Hongbo

About Sun Changgang

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.

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