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.

London here we come!

John Sprakes Paintings – Private View (Mall Galleries, London)

Paul and I are off to John Sprakes private view at the Mall Galleries this evening preceded by the Hockney Exhibition at Tate Britain! What an exciting day!! And the sun is shining.

We were very lucky to meet John and Barbara Sprakes when we walked Hadrian’s Wall in September 2015. Barbara has very kindly kept us in touch ever since. We love John’s work. Very varied. His retrospective in 2016 in Doncaster was fantastic.


Beautiful Narcissi

Narcissus is an iconic subject for Chinese Brush Painting. Chinese varieties are smaller and have multiple flowers per stem. There are also quite rigid guidelines for painting them. They are often called ‘water fairies’ as they are grown hydroponically. See the example of a typical CBP bowl of narcissi in the gallery section.