Saturday, January 13, 2007

How to hold the brush

How to hold the brush
Originally uploaded by jhhymas.
One of the first things students of calligraphy and Chinese painting are taught is how to hold the brush: between the thumb and forefinger and third finger and braced on the other side by the fourth and fifth fingers. I took this picture today in Chinese painting class. The teacher is a well-known Chinese painter who has lived in America for many years. A city in China recently established a museum for his work, which is grounded in classical technique, yet demonstrates a very modern sensibility. The photo shows clearly how the brush is held. I still find it hard to do; it is different than how I have always held a pen or pencil. But I love the strokes of ink on rice paper and will continue to experiment with this art form.

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