“Light as onion skin white as snow, flutters like fine silk without a sound” – ode to Xuan paper
“The sun shines like a fresh red leaf, falling like a poem on my inkstone” – poetry of Si Kongtu.
such delicate calligraphy carving, mind like a collection of scrolls - Huang TingJian, Song Dynasty
“The paper put down to paint suddenly blows up in the wind, shaking in the thick air like a boat of writing, what a complex pleasure!” Ode to a Xuan brush – Geng Wei
廷之墨，松烟一斤之中，用珍珠三两，玉屑龙脑各一两，同时和以生漆捣十万杵”。因此，“得其墨者而藏者不下五六十年，胶败而墨调。其坚如玉，其纹如犀”。 “each Li Ting Gui ink is 500g pine soot, pearls, jade, borneol. Mix turpentine, crush over 100,000x Then it says fresh >50 or 60 years. It has very low resin percentage & makes very thick and deep coloured ink. The inkstick is as hard as jade, the ink is still wonderful.
日出江花红胜火，春来江水绿如蓝。 – 白居易
sunrise red flowers on the river, spring time blue-green water - Bai Juyi, Tang Dynasty
品画先神韵，论诗重性情 - 袁枚
It takes charm to appreciate painting, character to discuss poetry. Yuan Mei, Qing Dynasty
"art is 30% painting, 70% mounting” - popular Chinese saying