Charles Mellor

Painter

Glasshouses

About

I am from Leeds and now 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 with whom I paint in workshops monthly in Pool under expert tutors.

I paint freestyle (Xie Yi) mostly in traditional styles based on master painters. Freestyle is with diluted chinese ink and/or chinese watercolours applied by brush on thin unsized chinese xuan paper. The process needs some care in mixing to enable control of the spread of ink and colour, but the results are immediate, unpredictable, and rewarding, when it works.

I also paint using the meticulous (ghonbi) method. This is a line and graduated wash method on sized chinese xuan paper or silk, using long fine brushes and wash brushes. This is a slower process with more defined results.

I also use semi-sized papers made from bark or mulberry fibres and gold or silver flecked papers, to create different effects.

Resting Tiger in chinese watercolour on sized xuan paper - Charles Mellor

Charles Mellor

Painter

Glasshouses

About

I am from Leeds and now 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 with whom I paint in workshops monthly in Pool under expert tutors.

I paint freestyle (Xie Yi) mostly in traditional styles based on master painters. Freestyle is with diluted chinese ink and/or chinese watercolours applied by brush on thin unsized chinese xuan paper. The process needs some care in mixing to enable control of the spread of ink and colour, but the results are immediate, unpredictable, and rewarding, when it works.

I also paint using the meticulous (ghonbi) method. This is a line and graduated wash method on sized chinese xuan paper or silk, using long fine brushes and wash brushes. This is a slower process with more defined results.

I also use semi-sized papers made from bark or mulberry fibres and gold or silver flecked papers, to create different effects.

Resting Tiger in chinese watercolour on sized xuan paper - Charles Mellor

My work

About my work

Paintings

Resting Tiger (after Feng Da Zhong) in chinese watercolour on sized xuan paper
Lotus Flower in chinese watercolour on sized xuan paper
Mynah Birds in chinese ink on xuan paper
Peacock in chinese watercolour on sized xuan paper
Peony in chinese ink and watercolour on xuan paper
Bamboo in moonlight chinese watercolour on xuan paper

Other information

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. Despite the strange look to western eyes, there are many similarities between far eastern and western art owing to hundreds of years of cross influences from Chinese paintings and Japanese woodcuts.

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