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The above paintings were done using an Asian art technique known as Chinese Brush Painting. Artist Liu Cunhui is the artist for all five of these paintings. Born in 1955, he is now a well known painter, teaching his techniques and even developing an instructional video series. He is also a professor at Beijing Education College.
Chinese Brush Painting is an ancient technique, dating from 4000 B.C., making it over 6,000 years old. It involves a sharply tapered brush, and ink in cake form, which is diluted to various consistencies using water and a stone slab. The media is then applied to paper or silk. Typically subject matter involves landscapes and nature, the components of which, such as water and rocks, hold significance.
I chose Chinese Brush Painting because it became of personal interest to me. A few years ago, I volunteered to teach a middle school art class. I was given no curriculum, and researched various art styles and techniques. Chinese Brush Painting quickly interested me, and I have appreciated this ancient and beautiful style ever since. Cunhui’s paintings are beautiful– the first two shown above were the reason I chose Cunhui– the dark birds against the brambly splashes of color remind me of birds in a winter bush or in a Forsythia in Spring.