FO Friday: Chinese brush painting

The other day, I spotted on Google maps an art studio across the street from my new house. Lo and behold, my neighbor runs Laughing Waters Studio from his home. (I love that I’ve moved to a very artsy/crafty neighborhood.) Since I’m on a mission to expand my painting skills I signed up for a class. Here’s my first attempt at the art of Chinese brush painting:


I had so much fun doing this. It was very meditative at times, especially grinding the ink stick against the ink stone. Round and around the stone until the ink was the right consistency. I think I could have spent all day just doing that.

It looks so deceptively simple. The lines are restrained and clean and yet they are filled with meaning. I could feel my mind’s eye “filling in” the extra details that aren’t painted. The brush strokes also reminded me of Sifu Vizzio’s teachings and what I love about kung-fu.

I think it’s safe to say that I’ll be going back for more lessons. I would love to paint a tiger and a crane.

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  1. Super cool! I used to love using this technique in college, but it’s a been a really long time since then!


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