Chrysanthemum is a stroke driller. You get so much practice out of painting this flower. It was so much fun to have the students participate in the composition of this painting. The challigraphy says " Harmonious Cooperation". That's the delight in gathering with creative people.
If you want to explore this art form. I am offering a Chinese Brush Painting weekend workshop on 10/13/12 at The Art Place from 1:30 to 5pm. I would love to pass the joy of brush painting to you.
One of my students wants to paint bunnies. So we venture out into a new exploration. If you are not intimidated by the challenges posted around you, then learning will take place. The joy of growing will payback many folds if you can overcome the initial resistance.
It was good to gather with brush painting lovers to paint together for a morning. I shared that brush painting in many ways is like a performance. When you paint, it is like giving a recital. The strokes are perfected through practice. The understanding comes through daily digestion of the subjects. The composition is your choreography of your accumulated understanding. The expression embrace your collected delight and aspiration. The painting exudes your philosophical attainment and reach. The whole painting represent your signature. No one can copy it. They can receive your spirit as a disciple as you apprentice under other great masters. The technique makes technitions, it is the spirit that makes masters. So the main challenge for a artist is to take care that your spirit is aligned to the highest worthy spirit you can find.