About my work
Lotus flower – Painted in a workshop led by a senior chinese art school tutor. On sized paper using transparent chinese watercolours using multiple overlapping washes to create colour gradients.
Mountains – A traditional chinese mountain painting with mist breaking the scene into multiple views. Painted by brush on unsized chinese xuan paper with chinese ink and water.
Peacock – Painted on thin sized paper with chinese watercolours, transparent and opaque.
Qi (Chi) – Chinese word for energy or life force. Painted in black ink by brush on chinese paper with inclusions.
Resting Lion – Painted on thin sized chinese paper in chinese watercolour and black ink.
Tree – Painted in black ink with vertical brush on porous paper made from grass. Background is brushed diluted balck ink and dilute watercolours.
Leopard – Painted freestyle in brushed black ink and coloured watercolour washes on sized paper. Image based on Audley Travel poster.
Royalty in Winter – Painted with brushed ink on unsized paper with white gouache to control overspread of ink. Based on a photograph of Royalty Inn, Otley Chevin.
Killer of Demons – The scary figure is a traditional chinese character thought to protect from demons. Painted in ink and watercolour on sized paper.
Chinese painting has a long history and a range of styles developed over many centuries and dynasties. Traditional painters of landscapes, flowers, birds, insects, animals and people follow the styles of past masters that are in the mind of the artist rather than what is seen. Animals and flowers incorporate sentiments into paintings. Chinese paintings often look different to western eyes, however there are many similarities between far eastern and western art owing to hundreds of years of cross influences from Chinese paintings and Japanese woodcuts.
I live in Nidderdale and paint as a hobby. I am a member of Pateley Bridge Art Club and the Yorkshire group of the Chinese Brush Painters’ Society. I attend demonstrations and workshops in Glasshouses and Pool in Wharfedale. I have tried many art media and now mainly paint traditional chinese style paintings on chinese papers using brushed black ink and watercolours. I like freestyle painting (Xie Yi) . The free flowing brushed ink or colours on unsized paper is quite difficult to judge and control, resulting in variability in form that is suited to variable natural forms. The meticulous style (ghonbi) on thin sized chinese paper is safer but requires methodical work. The results are more defined and can be stunning. There are also semi-sized papers made from bark or mulberry fibres and gold or silver flecked papers, to create different effects.