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Flower Stems – painting techniques from Mustard Seed Garden

Part of a series of articles on painting techniques from ‘Mustard Seed Garden’ manual and encyclopedia of chinese painting.

Cover Picture

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Cover picture is by master of Flower-and-Bird painting Yun Shou Ping 惲壽平 (1633—1690): you can also see his online gallery and poster book on inkston:

Ancient Chinese Flower Paintings by Yun Shou Ping 惲壽平

恽寿平 Yun Shou Ping Landscape Flowers and Birds Painting Album

Inkston Summary

To paint the stems of flowers well, first you need to have a good plan of how to position the stems before you start painting. When thinking about the positions, remember the purpose is to make the stems vivid and alive. In the end, how the stems’ posture will decide the ‘personality’ of your flower. Make sure to note the different stems of different plants. You need to make them crosses naturally with each other.
For beginners, we would recommend you to practice painting bamboos and plum trees first.

Video

Mustard Seed Garden Video tutorial by Chinese artist Wu Peng 吴蓬, who was born in 1941 and currently researcher of Shanghai Calligraphy and Painting Institute. He is especially famous for calligraphy (Oracle) and flower paintings.
The video is in Chinese but you can see the technique even if you can’t understand chinese well:

【芥子园画谱技法讲座】 24(三)花卉翎毛(01 02)草本花头、藤本花头
This video is set to start at the section about stems – for commentary on the first part which deals with leaves, see our related article.

Pictures

Related pictures from the Mustard Seed Garden book.

Materials

Books

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  1. […] Mustard Seed Garden Video tutorial by Chinese artist Wu Peng 吴蓬, who was born in 1941 and currently researcher of Shanghai Calligraphy and Painting Institute. He is especially famous for calligraphy (Oracle) and flower paintings. 【芥子园画谱技法讲座】 24(三)花卉翎毛(01 02)草本花头、藤本花头 The second part of this video deals with Flower Stems – see our related article for more. […]

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