Flower and Bird with Qu Leilei
We had a very interesting session with Qu Leilei today looking a four pictures by Qing and Ming artists. The aim was not to reproduce the picture but to understand the techniques that the artists had used and to practice them. We focused on the foliage and rocks rather than the birds.
We were working on getting the brush strokes right – creating lines and texture – using both wet and dry brush and looking at how the washes were applied as dabs of colour using wash brushes rather than spread using hake brushes.
These are the pictures we were working with:
Lin Liang (1416-1480)
Xiao Haishan (ca 1450 -?)
Gao Fenghan (1683-1749)
And an unknown artist
And these are Qu Leilei’s demonstration pieces
Lin Liang demo
Xaio Haishan demo
Gao Fenghan demo
Unknown artist demo
And finally a picture of Qu Leilei with the last demo piece