I have posted here before on the idea that one of things that appeals to me about Chinese Brush Painting is the fact that you do not have to be absolutely accurate in your paintings. Rather it is about capturing the essence of something — the way it makes you feel at a particular moment. In my “real job” it is often too easy to lose sight of the spirit of a subject because the design must conform to pre-determined expectations.
My wisteria may not be botanically correct but I think it captures how I was feeling as I painted this beautiful plant.
I took a break the other day and came across an article that said the Narcissus is often considered the Fifth Gentleman in Chinese Brush Painting. It is a combination of the spirits of the plum blossom and orchid and symbolizes endurance.
Here is my interpretation of this fun flower.
I’ve been studying the art of Nan Rae and tried out her technique for painting irises, which she refers to as “beautiful butterflies.” Chinese brush painting is about capturing the essence of of subject not a photographic representation so this technique allows you to paint with a carefree quality, like a butterfly flitting around a garden.
Earlier this week was my husband’s birthday. I painted a card for him on rice paper and then attached it to a watercolor paper to finish it. The characters on the bottom read “with all my heart.”
The butterfly was inspired from Nan Rae’s The Ch’i of the Brush book.