Brush Strokes & Color

 

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The artist must learn to use ink freely with a controlled brush stroke. They must be able to capture the essence or spirit of the subject in their paintings. To evoke a poetry of nature, brush painters create beautiful lines and forms by means of brush strokes using a number of techniques and methods to bring life to the subject. The flow and spread of ink on rice paper in many shades is an idealization of the form itself. To this basic technique, color may be added. Sources of this color are varied but include powdered jade, white pearl, ground malachite and other pigments from nature such as rattan yellow and indigo. An integral part of the composition is the red seal, which signifies the artist's name. Additional seals may be added as indications of the town or philosophy.

 

 

 

 

 

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