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Recording of Cyclamen Gongbi Painting Workshop DOWNLOAD[vic_lesson_VII]


**This is a recorded of the Cyclamen workshop in February 2023. It is now available for purchase. You may download it or watch it online, and you may also sumit your finished work for critique by email. **

Subject Matter: Cyclamen Flowers

The poetic Inscription: “Rabbit-ear Flowers Bloom to Welcome the New Year of Rabbit”( 兔耳花開迎兔年)”. 

The Reference Painting: Page 40, the Gongbi Flower Paintings by 3 Masters, The artist of this iris painting is the famous female painter Yu Zhizhen( 1915-1995). 

The Chinese Calligraphy and Gongbi Painting workshop with Victoria Li . We will paint a beautiful cyclamen from the most authoritative teaching textbook: The Gongbi Flower Paintings by 3 Masters. The class will be recorded and available to all participants for reviewing. Critique is available in class or by email.


In this class, you will learn how to hold a Chinese brush to write and paint. We offer a unique Chinese brush painting experience that will help you feel more inspired. And it's suitable for all levels! 


Why Gongbi? 

Gongbi elaborate-style painting is a kind of art that, when you watch others doing it, it looks tedious and boring, but, when you do it yourself, it’s very meditating and relaxing. Although it is time consuming to finish a Gongbi painting, the success rate is much higher than free-hand painting. The techniques you gain from Gongbi practice will provide a solid foundation for other styles of brush painting.  


Why to study calligraphy and Gongbi painting together in a workshop?  

1.  They both emphasize on line quality, so it will benefit each other in terms of brush control.

2.  The coloring of Gongbi painting is very similar to western style watercolor painting, but they are quite different in composition and brush strokes. Chinese brush calligraphic and gongbi painting will make your watercolor painting more exquisite.  


Class Format

1) Calligraphy practice in four styles: Standard, walking, cursive, clerical. The calligraphy session will be inserted while we wait for the painting to dry between each layers.

2) Basic Gongbi Painting Skills

  (a)To learn how to hold two brushes in one hand (one brush with color; the other with clean water) for color shading. 

  (b)Learn the basic techniques of ink outlines;  

  (c)Study 3 basic ways of color washing: 1) Separated washing; 2) glazing, 3. Highlighting.

3) Work on the entire sample painting, starting from ink outline. 

4) Critic in class for each student no matter how much you have finished.

5) You may need some more time after class to refine the painting, and for calligraphy, you need to practice more before writing it on the painting. The Zoom class will be recorded and available for class registrants to review with no time limit and you may submit your finished work by email for critique. .


List of Supplies:

1) None-absorbent Sized Xuan Paper:  For each workshop I will use 2 pieces of 13.5’’x 9" sized Xuan paper. 

 Cicada-wing-sized-xuan is highly recommended for easy tracing and more sized in getting sharper lines:

2) Brushes:

BHA liner brush: Renbo Nian's Brush: Or Seven-wolf-three-sheep brush:

In addition to the liner you need three Basic brushes: one soft hair for water, one stiff brush for color, and a small for details.

3) Color and ink :

Marie’s 12 color tubes:


4) Light box :  A4 size (optional) 



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