Painting loquats – in the style of Qi Baishi

Loquats by Claire Seaton 2019

My version of this painting is slightly more restrained than Qi Baishi’s but it will still make you smile!

Start this painting with very wet dark grey leaves and leave them to dry a little while you paint the yellow and orange berries in one stroke leaving a space for the spot of light . Remember the contrast of dense/sparse when painting the clusters of berries.

Paint the veins on the leaves before they dry.

Then paint in the branches to the leaves in dry black ink and the small stalks in the clusters in dark brown.

Finish the painting with four small black dots on each berry.

Spring basket – painting tips

Paint the orchid shoots first in bright spring greens.

Then paint in the basket and handle in very dry black ink, leaving spaces for the branches and plum blossoms.

The branches should be painted in a very wet dark grey leaving space for the plum blossoms to be painted in black ink outline style.

Textures and nodes can be added to the branches as they dry.

Add shades of light/dark red(crimson) to blossoms,

Complete painting with your calligraphy and seal.

Painting Lychees

Spring fruit by Claire Seaton 2020

Start with very dry, very dark ink to paint the branches at the top and the basic outlines of the leaves.

Whilst you are waiting for these lines to dry, load a large brush with very wet gamboge and tip with indigo

Fill the outlines of the leaves with this wet combination. Allow to dry slightly and in the meantime mix a very bright red to paint in the lychees.

Go back over the main central veins of the leaves with wet, black ink.

With a split brush paint the hairs on the lychees in a dark red colour.

Finish your painting with calligraphy, your name and date and a seal.

Another prolific course at Knuston

It was five days of fun, laughter and a lot of roosters, among other things. The walls of the Practical Room were soon filling with lots of examples of Chinese Brush paintings. People were soon vying to get their ‘gallery’ higher than anyone else! The room has recently been refurbished to provide a light, bright, airy environment in which to produce works of art. The ‘newbies’ soon felt at home and were joining in the banter and producing good paintings of their own. Altogether a very successful course. Thank you, Pauline!

A Typical Painting of Narcissi

Water Fairies by Claire Seaton
‘Water Fairies’ by Claire
As promised in a previous blog I am posting a typical CBP representation of narcissi. Note  the smiling ‘faces on each individual flower. There are 6 petals on each flower and there are several flower heads on each stalk. Also be aware that the leaves are not’ coloured in’ with the paint but there is a much more casual approach to applying pigment within the outlines. It thereby gives it much more ‘chi’ (energy), which is always the most sought after attribute in any Chinese Brush painting.