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Recording of Orchid Gongbi Painting Workshop with Victoria (download)[Orchid_Mobao]

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*This is a recording of this Zoom class including the comprehensive class handouts and email critique. 

Cymbidium Orchid Gongbi Class Details

Date: October 31, 2023 

Duration: 3.5 hours. 
Time Schedule by Region:

  • PDT (Pacific Daylight Time): 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
  • EDT (Eastern Daylight Time): 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm
  • BST (British Summer Time): 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • CEST (Central European Summer Time): 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Cymbidium Gongbi Painting Class: Unveiling the Ink Treasure (墨寶秋香)

Date: October 31, 2023
Duration: 3.5 hours

  • PDT: 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
  • EDT: 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm
  • BST: 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • CEST: 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Celebrating Art and Elegance

Join us in celebrating the publication of the “Artful Orchid 2024 Calendar” by Victoria, with a special focus on the Mo-bao orchid. This flower, deeply symbolic and exquisitely beautiful, stands as a testament to the enduring elegance of one of the Four Gentlemen of Chinese art.

The Mo-bao Orchid (墨寶秋香)

A flower of autumn's embrace, carrying a fragrance that transcends time, described by Confucius as "the King of Scent" (王者之香) or "Ancestors of all Fragrances" (香祖). The Mo-bao Orchid is not just a flower but an embodiment of a rich cultural tapestry woven through the ages.

Innovative Learning Experience

In this exclusive workshop, Victoria unveils the art of silk painting, the very canvas that breathed life into her calendar artworks. Silk’s ethereal translucency elevates the artistic process, offering an allure that transcends the innate elegance of thin rice paper. The fabric’s resilient nature invites artists to layer colors liberally, unfolding a visual narrative rich in depth and nuance. Every stroke on silk initiates a dynamic dance of colors and textures, where each piece emerges as a harmonious symphony of visual poetry and tactile sensation.

Silk painting, though recommended, is optional. Beginners or those not yet ready to venture into the world of silk can gracefully execute their artwork on sized Xuan papers.

Embark on this artistic journey where tradition meets innovation, and where each brushstroke is a dance of colors, breathing life and meaning into art. Witness the harmony of Gongbi painting and Chinese calligraphy intertwining to create a masterpiece echoing the silent yet profound narrative of the Mo-bao Orchid – a treasure inked in time, an aroma that lingers, and a beauty that is eternal.

Upon registration, you'll receive class handouts and the Zoom access code. The workshop will be recorded, allowing for unlimited future viewing. Email critiques on your finished practice will also be available.

Supplies List (Costs not included in the class fee. Click links to order):

  1. Non-absorbent Sized Xuan Paper
  2. Sized wrinkle-free Japanese silk (optional) - Painting size: 11.5"x11.5". One foot equals to 3 piece.  
  3. Brushes: Seven-wolf-three-sheep brush, 3 Japanese-style Fine Point Liner Brushes
  4. Basic brushes
  5. Marie’s 12 color tubes
  6. Ink

Reserve your spot now and immerse yourself in a profound artistic journey under Victoria's guidance. Breathe life into your Mo-bao orchid paintings and embody the timeless elegance and enigmatic beauty of this esteemed flower.

Note on the Poetic Title Phrase "墨寶秋香":

  • "墨" (Mò) translates to "ink" and symbolizes the depth and richness of color and the profound beauty emanating from it. 
  • "寶" (Bǎo) means "treasure," signifying the valued and revered nature of the orchid, akin to a gem. 
  • "秋" (Qiū) translates to "autumn," representing the season in which this special orchid blooms, embodying the elegance and grace of fall. 
  • "香" (Xiāng) means "fragrance" or "scent," indicating the uniquely enchanting aroma that the Mo-bao orchid emits.

Together, "墨寶秋香" (Mo-bao Qiu Xiang) eloquently paints a picture of an "Ink Treasure" that blossoms in autumn, emitting a "King of Scents" fragrance. This phrase is not just a title but a rich, sensory experience capturing the essence of the Mo-bao orchid - a dark, treasured bloom of autumn, endowed with a fragrance that has been admired throughout the ages. The phrase weaves a tale of natural artistry, where visual and olfactory splendor unite, echoing an ancient appreciation encapsulated in contemporary artistry.

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