Chinese painting and calligraphy distinguish themselves from other cultures’ arts by emphasis on motion and change with dynamic life. And Chinese painting is one of the oldest continuous artistic traditions in the world.
Painting in the traditional style is known today in Chinese as guóhuà (国画), meaning ‘national’ or ‘native painting’, as opposed to Western styles of art. Traditional painting involves essentially the same techniques as calligraphy and is done with a brush dipped in black ink or colored pigments; oils are never used.
As with calligraphy, the most popular materials on which paintings are made are paper and silk. Traditional painting can also be done on album sheets, walls, lacquerware, folding screens, and other media.
The two main techniques in Chinese painting are:
Gongbi (工笔), meaning “meticulous”, uses highly detailed and colored brushstrokes that delimits details very precisely.
Ink and wash painting, in Chinese called “shui-mo” (水墨; literally “water and ink”) or loosely termed watercolor or brush painting, and also known as “literati painting”, as it was one of the “Four Arts” of the Chinese Scholar-official class.
At AAERMES Workshop, our artists employ a combined techniques of the free-hand ink-and-wash and claborated Gongbi fashion, using the Bird-and-flower (花鸟鱼虫 huā, niǎo, yú, chóng; which is a painting genre named after its subject matter covers “flowers, birds, fish, and insects”) theme to deliver exquisite paintings on silk hand-fans, silk and linen scarves…etc. Carrying these little items certainly differentiate yourselves from the others, making you look subtly elegant and full of artistical aura.
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