Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Chinese Paintings

Chinese paintingTraditional Chinese painting is the art of painting exercises in China for over a thousand years. Having its roots in an original source thinking much older than emphasize the unity of man and the cosmos and the continuous dynamics of this universe. More than one form of representation, Chinese painting seeks to express the heart, the internal movement of beings.Chinese painting is composed of one or more poems, calligraphy, a painted image and the seal of the artist. Different methods should be distinguished: the movement of beings.Gongbi technique ("brush care" or "skilled brush") is characterized by its precision and delicay in detail.Technical Baimiao ("Drawing the line") is based only black ink outline. Attached to the Gongbi.Mogu technique ("unchecked") is similar to Gongbi, but not extract contours.Xieyi art ("To write the idea of" or "intend to write") is characterized by a complete design and uses the principle of the range.Shuimo technique ("Ink and water") is a style of xieyi, but only carried out with black ink, while the operating ranges.The purpose of Chinese painting is carried out in as concise an artistic charm with a sense of infinity. In fact, in traditional Chinese thought, the universe consists of breathing (qi) of different densities and always moving, the source of life. To recreate these breaths in an image that gives life and a direct link between the universe and human painting. Therefore, the act of painting or watching a painting, you can find unity with the cosmos. Consequently, it is more than just a work of aesthetics: is an art of living. "Rhyme of the breathing and movement of life" is, in my opinion, an excellent expression to capture the sense of painting china.The formats used in Chinese painting is very varied. Better known are the "big roll", "horizontal format", "variety", etc.Topics may be people, landscapes, flowers and birds, mammals, insects and fish, architecture, etc. The sources of inspiration are therefore directly in nature, but also in the paintings of old masters.The scenery, characters and flowers and birds are the three favorite subject of Chinese painters. It involves a thorough study of plants and flowers according to the four seasons and the appearance of birds, insects, fish and mammals.The essential points of the composition of Chinese paintings are:The overall organization and direction (rising, low, with the support, etc.).The density and the meeting (or dispersion). The old painters, to give an indication of the density of a painting, using this expression: "spaced that even a horse can cross, dense that even the wind can not infiltrate."A vacuum. In traditional Chinese painting, the vacuum has a very important place. It can represent heaven, earth, water, clouds, etc. It is possible to give an image of the painting but also of the viewer in a world much larger, even infinite, leaving a free field for the imagination. Contemplation takes support on the "full" of painting as a springboard to be propelled in the absolute through the "empty" part. The Chinese poems are based on the same principle.Much more important are the inscriptions. These include the title, the content (poetry, prose, description, history, etc), the author's name and seal. They should all be calligraphy in different styles according to what the artist wants to express. The life of the painting depends on the choice of entries and their positions. They are the ones who complete the work. Without them, the painting is just a lifeless body.

Tigers by Pine and Waterfall by Li Ming

Bamboo, Pine, Plum by Li Ming

9 Fish and Peony Artist: Liu Tao

Lotus in the Wind
Artist: Tang San

Spring PeonyArtist: Lou Dahua

Leopard and Pine - Power, Strength, and LongevityArtist: Mou Kao Bing

Christmas Photography

December came and Christmas is at the door to celebrate it. While it is a festival ofreligious origins, his popularity transcended the barriers of belief and madeChristmas in a universal celebration. 

I know that many people out there think the holidays are too depressing... but hey, it is actually about joy, love and all good things, that's for sure. And nothing better to capture these great moments as taking some christmas pictures!



            Ice Skating at Rockefeller Center
Ice Skating at Rockefeller Center by Stuck

           Disney - Cinderella Castle Dream Lights (Explored)

Disney - Cinderella Castle Dream Lights (Explored) by Express Monorail

             VanDusen Botanical Garden

VanDusen Botanical Garden

Image of Christmas Lights at VanDusen Botanical Garden

               Merry Christmas 

               Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve by Lasse Bolstad, on Flick


Autumn Tree at the Garden of Lights