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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 13 December 2022
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781800920064
  • Stock: Not Yet Published
  • Size: 216x280 mm
  • Illustrations: 750
  • Pages: 112
  • RRP: £14.99
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Chinese Brush Painting through the Seasons


by Sun Chenggang (Author)

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

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

Explained in the introduction to each project, the symbolism is 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

Introduction 6
Tools and materials 8
Basic skills 12

Spring 14
A Fortune in Bloom 16
Loquats 19
Bringers of Spring 24
Good Ripe Fruit 26
Orchid Portrait 29
Rest in the Plantain Shade 32
Wisteria in Purple 35

Summer 38
Green Leaves, Morning Glory 40
Wishes for Prosperity 43
Lotuses in Summer 46
Reflecting on the Lotus 49
Grapes 52
Lotus Fan 55
Begonia 58
Landscape 61

Autumn 64
Full of Autumn Light 66
Heavensent Seeds 69
Autumn Harmony 72
Double Blessings 75
Festival Feast 78
Crab in the Plantain Shade 81
Garden Bounty 84
Clear Spring, Shaded Scales 87

Winter 90
Blossom in the Bitter Cold 92
Camellia 95
Sweet Flag, Sweet Cherry 98
Good Wishes and Long Life 101
Farmhouse Flavour 104
Goose in the Reeds 107
Good Fruit for a Good Life 110

About the Author

About Sun Chenggang

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.



Its been a long time since there was a book on Chinese painting, but they were once all the rage. This one has been worth the wait and is about as authentic as you can get, being adapted from a series of Chinese originals.

For all that, the approach is accessible for the Western reader and, although the introduction to materials contains some terms that may not be familiar, more obtainable alternatives are suggested. Interestingly, where colour is used, the authors prefer gouache as being more like the heavier pigment used in China itself. Previous, more Western-based books have used transparent watercolour.

The book consists of a series of simple demonstrations and, of course, simplification is very much to the fore. As a result, although each project is covered in no more than three or four pages, there is no sense of foreshortening and the number of steps is perfectly adequate. Chinese art involves working quickly and there simply isnt that much to do theres no room for fiddling when youre contending with a large, soft brush.

This is a welcome return to the world of Chinese painting which, even if you dont want to pursue it in much depth, offers palate-cleansing simplification that can only refresh your own work.

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