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.