Patient Endurance

As mentioned in my post from yesterday I have been looking at, and painting in, various styles this week.

Today’s painting is a return to Landscape to try and express something of the time we are living in, hence the title…

Again, it’s new shoots from old growth in that the painting started out as a demonstration at Beauchamp College I believe. However, it was never ‘completed’ so this was my chance. Some of you may remember a discussion on paper and how some people believe certain papers are ‘rubbish’.

My contention was that you can paint on any paper beautifully as long as you adapt your style to the paper and understand your medium.

The painting was of two pine trees, an owl and a rock on the cheapest wallpaper you could acquire…

Patient Endurance by Paul Maslowski 2012
Patient Endurance (Pines and stone by lake) by Paul Maslowski 2012

If you would like to see the above painting in more detail, please visit my Landscape Portfolio.

I have added the following to bring this to a completed composition:

  • More ink detail on the less detailed pine
  • Much more contrast into the roots of the pines and on the edge of the land
  • More contrast in the rocks
  • A contrasting ground
  • Grasses
  • Distant mountains and light mist
  • A fisherman in a boat
  • Calligraphy: Cantonese – Two thousand and twelve year, my signature and the title, Patient Endurance

I hope that the takeaway from this is that if you treat your paper with respect you can obtain any result you desire. Remember, paper is one of the Four Treasures of the studio…

I hope you enjoy this painting and it inspires you to paint. Please do post back if it has the desired effect as we would love to see your work.

Best wishes,


2 thoughts on “Patient Endurance

  • I am loving your blog especially todays. When i started CBP we were encouraged to paint on lining paper and chip shop paper(pre polystyrene]. In the tidy ups of current times Ive come across some lining paper.
    I feel a big,LOOSE masterpiece coming on.Are paw prints a recognised stroke?

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  • Thank you very much, Janice, that is appreciated. There is absolutely nothing wrong with lining or chip shop paper – I totally support these as great practice papers. I started with newspaper and I’m so glad I did as it was really forgiving and allowed me to practice things that would have been appalling on xuan!!!

    Paw prints are a more modern stroke, from kan ine shu rather than kai shu 😉 Go for it!!!


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