This month the Wednesday group revised a technique taught to you by Shuhua Jin in 2011. Shuhua has a very distinctive style that is influenced by the artist Xu Gu and is a pleasure to work with. The work is very multi-dimensional.
The method involves an under painting using a brush double loaded with light ink and white; a second layer using a brush triple loaded with light ink and colour; and a third layer adding the outline ink work.
It takes time – but it is great fun.
In June we tackled both Tree Orchids and Grass Orchids. Both appear in Chinese paintings – both ancient and modern. As you will know, the grass orchid is one of the 4 gentlemen.
People used P34 – thick icy xuan and papers they had with them.
P34 – thick icy xuan is a sized paper. The paper seemed to reduce the tones of the ink a lot—which is worth remembering if you are planning to use it but the results were interesting.
Bianca Deegan Grass Orchids painted on linen paper
Mitsuko Ohno Tree Orchids painted on gold flex paper
Marion Dearlove Yellow Tree Orchid painted on P34