Introduction to Chinese One Stroke Painting

Chinese One Stroke Painting

Chinese Brush Painting is meant to be more than portraying an object. It acts as a channel of symbolic expression. The art of Chinese Brush Painting differs in both style as well as execution. The most astonishing & weird fact about this art form is that each brush stroke defines a move which generates a specific portion, due to which the painting is neither enhanced nor it can be rectified upon once drawn.
While painting, an artist doesn’t require any sketch or any role model. The artist can mentally construct a painting through random strokes by transporting his imagination on a mulberry paper. This technique is standardly emphasized more in Chinese paintings.
History
Originating in 4000 B.C., traditional Chinese Brush Painting has made a remarkable development over the recent period of more than six thousand years ago. The growth has inevitably reflected on the changes of time & social conditions. Chinese Painting focuses on both skills of painting as well as fostering & nurturing one’s character & soul. Humans, landscapes, flowers & birds are some of the important subjects that are highlighted in this traditional art form.
Ancient paintings includes painting on silk, which is well known for its original style & distinctive features. Over the centuries, the practice of art among artists made it an art, which was further subdivided into a multitude of schools. This Chinese painting has a rich history as an enduring art form & is popular around the world.
The essence of Chinese painting paves the way into the artistic, aesthetics, cultural background & religions of ancient China. The painters normally painted on silk or rice paper & ascended to make a rigorous painting. The ancient painting masters created a wealth of masterpieces. These masterpieces depicted varied painting skills & aesthetic thoughts. These thoughts & skills uncovered the ancient knowledge on philosophy, politics, religion, culture, literature, art, society & nature. Brush, ink, ink stick, traditional Chinese painting pigment, treated Xuan paper, silk & seal were some of the commonly used materials in Chinese One Stroke Painting during ancient period.
Chinese Brush Painting techniques
Gradually, Chinese artists started adopting Western techniques which included 2 styles:
• Freestyle (xieyi) – which is more whimsical, colorful & deceptively simple.
• Meticulous (Gongbi) – which is realistic & based on limited palette.
The modern Chinese artists decided to combine the 2 styles. They made the ink by grinding ink cake into the ink stone with little water. The amount of water differs depending upon the consistency of the ink. Thick ink appears to be glossy & deep whereas, thin ink appeared to be livelier.

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