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.

Spring Hares

Enjoying a great day painting hares in the University Botanic Gardens with the LCBP Group. See below for some excellent student paintings…

Hare by Reg Robinson March 2020
Tiger Hare by Sue Smith March 2020

Thanks to Reg and Sue for adding their hares above. It seems only right to add my finished demonstration piece below so you can complete your hare study, if you haven’t already. I’ve added a few extra layers:

Spring Hare study by Paul Maslowski 2020
Spring Hare study by Paul Maslowski 2020

Blue plaque for Chinese travel writer who won heart of 1930s Britain

The writer, artist and self-styled ‘silent traveller’ is one of the few ethnic minority figures to be recognised by English Heritage.

The Guardian published an article on Chiang Yee, the ‘silent traveller’, whose books have been an inspiration to us, we being the ‘not so silent travellers’, as is the Western way…

Read the full article here:

When Chiang Yee arrived in Britain in 1933, he was determined to study for a master’s degree at the London School of Economics and then return to China, where he had left his wife and four children under the care of his brother. He was 30 years old and knew just a handful of English words.

Yet Yee went on to become a popular artist, bestselling author, poet, designer, academic and hugely influential cultural ambassador of China to the west.

Now, 40 years after his death, his contribution to British and Chinese life has been honoured with a blue plaque unveiled yesterday in Oxford. Organised by author Paul French, a specialist in modern Chinese history, and Anne Witchard from the University of Westminster, Yee’s plaque comes in response to a campaign launched by English Heritage in 2016, calling for a more representative celebration of history.