CBP Challenge 1: Pigeons (& Peonies)

Some of us recently completed our first Chinese Brush Painting challenge. The main subject of the challenge was Pigeons (or Doves). However, for some of our number that was not enough and Peonies were added. Although the idea of the challenge was to interpret that title in any way people saw fit.

There were some absolutely wonderful paintings produced and most people had painted more than one in order to get closer to what they wanted.

A reminder that a previous blog post on this site dealt with how to produce the Calligraphy for Bird and Pigeon, or dove (gē).

As some of you will already be aware from her daily facebook post, Claire painted a Pigeon from the garden:

Pigeon by Claire Seaton 2020
Pigeon by Claire Seaton 2020

For more of Claire’s challenge inspirations please see our Double Happiness Studio MH Facebook page.

I decided that I needed to carry out a number of pigeon studies so completed some very rough studies in order to get the arrangement of features. It was noted that Claire and I had different ways of producing the beak in order to create different characters.

My eventual painting has 10 pigeons in groups of 1, 2, 3 and 4:

Pigeons after Wu Zuoren by Paul Maslowski 2020
Pigeons after Wu Zuoren by Paul Maslowski 2020

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

Now, I would like to include some of the other challenge work so if you have produced a painting for this one and would be happy to share please let me know and I will post it up here…

I hope this inspires you to paint some wonderful pictures. If you feel so drawn, again, please let me know and I will post up images here. You can always comment in your own words below. Just click on Leave a comment.

Happy painting,


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