富春山居图 Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains

Fuchun River 富春江 is located in the middle of Zhejiang Province. The sceneries on both sides of the Fuchun river are very beautiful and charming.…

千里江山图 A Thousand Lis of Rivers and Mountains

  At the end of the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1279), the whole China was facing a series of problems. The court was corrupted, the national…

Magical Materials

If you are experienced with western painting techniques, you might find there are quite different practices in Chinese painting/ calligraphy. This article will share some…

于非闇 Yu Fei An: the calligraphies which helped me to paint

Inkston Note: This article is an extract from Yu Fei An's famous little book on how he paints Gongbi style flower and bird. It talks…

赵孟頫 Zhao MengFu Heart Sutra

Intro: this gallery might be difficult for you if you are not familiar with Chinese semi-cursive script. However, if you understand Chinese calligraphy and can…

Why is it the pig?

5th February is Chinese New Year for 2019, the year of pig. According to lunar calendar, this year of pig starts on 5th February and…

Inkston 2019 Pig Painting Competition

(This painting of pig is a famous artwork of Qing Dynasty artist 任薰 Ren Xun, 1835 - 1893. It is a collection of the Palace…

Chinese Art at Museums in London

London has great museums. If you are in UK, you might not want to miss these exhibitions. In this post, you will find some useful…

Lin FengMian 林风眠

We love Lin FengMian's art! Lin FengMian started Chinese painting at age of 6 by learning Manual of the Mustard Seed Garden and continued art…

BaDa ShanRen

BaDa ShanRen (八大山人) is art name of Zhu Da (朱耷, 1626 - 1705). He was descendant of Ming Dynasty's first emperor Zhu YuanZhang (朱元璋, HongWu…

Painting Fancy with Gold

  For people who are familiar with traditional Chinese paintings, it is obvious that there is an unspoken rule related to 'humble' and 'simplicity'. It…

Flower Heads – painting techniques from Mustard Seed Garden

Cover Photo: peach blossom and willow branches 桃花柳枝, by Yun ShouPing. Check Ancient Chinese Flower Paintings by Yun Shou Ping 恽寿平 for more of his…