Friday, September 3, 2010
study of Chinese landscape painting and explorations
Chinese landscape is fascinating: the painters are not primarily interested in how nature looks, but how people relate to it. The landscapes are meant to help people fathom out the intricacies of life itself by studying the landscape. The Chinese artists are not concerned with duplicating nature, but putting together the parts of the landscape in a compelling and significant way. A painting is the way to convey the inner landscape of the artist's heart and soul.
When a Chinese painter goes into the countryside to paint it is most likely with a bottle or stick of ink and a brush. My guess is that ink makes an artist work faster and record only what is essential. Students of Chinese painting do go into the landscape to observe and sketch, however when they return to the studio they select elements and combine them to create a new vision with deeper complexity and beauty.
What I have understood from my reading:
*Examine what the landscape is trying to say to you.
*File it into your memory, write about it. (sounds familiar, right?)
*Try working with pen and ink. Quickly record only the essentials.
So that is what I have been doing in my limited time this week. Carry ink with me and paint at any little moment. Using ink is CHALLENGING. It's much more permanent and unmovable than watercolor, pastel or oil. No matter how hard I rub with a paper towel the mark is there! Yipes!
*Study master Chinese landscape painters