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…

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…

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…

Size My Xuan Paper?

Cover Photo: Inkston Xuan Paper Workshop Craftsman, taken on 6th June, 2018. How to make your raw Xuan paper more creative? Different from machine made…

Painting Guide for Gongbi Style

Since our first article How to Paint Gongbi Style: Lotus Out of Water, we have received quite a few queries on Gongbi painting. These queries…

Painting Silk

Silk and tea might be the two most well-known products when we talk about China. Besides using for clothing, silk has been playing an important…