CBP Challenge 2: Pine trees & Hares/Rabbits

Some of us recently completed our second Chinese Brush Painting challenge. The main subject of the challenge was Pine trees. However, for most of our number that was not enough and (as appears to be becoming a habit) Hares/Rabbits were added. Of course, the idea of the challenge was to interpret that title in any way people saw fit.

Again, there were some absolutely fabulous paintings produced and most people had painted more than one in order to get closer to what they wanted.

Reminder: a previous blog post on this site dealt with a workshop we held looking at Spring Hares if you would like to see some in detail.

As some of you will already be aware from her daily facebook post, Claire painted a Hare with the moon as you will see below. Should you wish to write the Calligraphy for moon, or month, please see our Dating paintings page:

Hare and the Bright Moon - Claire Seaton 2020
Hare and the Bright Moon – Claire Seaton 2020

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

I have been thinking about the Yuan Dynasty (1271 – 1368) and decided that I wanted to use a Yuan Dynasty artist’s work as the inspiration for my piece. I have been studying the work of Zhao Mengfu (1254 – 1322) for some time now and was drawn to using something of his as the basis for my piece. I made a very rough sketch to plan out the composition and then, quite frankly, got stuck in to see if I could produce anything approaching the sublime nature of some of his tree and rock studies. My concentration had been on the pine – the idea being to show it growing around the main rock – but once I had managed to get that down I really wanted to bring it upto date by adding my Spring Hares, as you will see below:

Double Happiness - Hare Pine Mountain after Zhao Mengfu - Paul Maslowski 2020
Double Happiness – Hare Pine Mountain after Zhao Mengfu – Paul Maslowski 2020

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

We would love 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 us know and we will post it up here…

You may wish to include the Calligraphy for Pine (sōng) in your painting:

Chinese Calligraphy - Pine - song1
Chinese Calligraphy – Pine – song1

You may wish to include the Calligraphy for Hare (tù) in your painting. This can be found on our Zodiac Animals Calligraphy page.

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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