Improvization & Critique on Chinese Calligraphy After Concert & Water Writing

0 Improvization & Critique on Chinese Calligraphy After Concert & Water WritingAfter writing for already two hours during the music concert on August 1, 2009, Lily came and asked for a piece of Chinese Calligraphy in semi-cursive or cursive style. Then she gave a critique on the improvized calligraphy 高山流水 (High Mountain and Running River). I started the self evaluation based on the aesthetics of Chinese calligraphy.

Water writing scroll sold from Yan Dong ( on e-Bay
Water writing board “Buddha Board” from

高 high
山 mountain
流 flowing
水 water

Filename: LilyQian-Aug1-2009-MountWater-calligraphy.wmv

Duration : 0:5:36

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13 Responses to Improvization & Critique on Chinese Calligraphy After Concert & Water Writing

  1. artvirtue says:

    Thanks …

    Thanks for sharing your experience. Paper bags, 牛皮紙, or the like may have different writing effects.

  2. aBRUSHforCONFUCIUS says:

    I find …

    I find writing on brown paper bags (with water) from the super markets more closely resembles writing with ink. Plus after they get all wavy after writing many times I can flatten out by stacking books or other things on top. Ultimately I can just put my garbage in them.
    Take Care, Andrew

  3. artvirtue says:

    Thank you for …
    Thank you for watching.

  4. cinnamonYUME says:

    Pretty interesting
    Pretty interesting

  5. artvirtue says:

    Thank you for your …
    Thank you for your kind words. In Chinese history, calligraphers specialized in cursive styles were fewer in number than other styles. It’s difficult. I did not start cursive style ten years after I started learning calligraphy.

  6. artvirtue says:

    Thank you. I am …
    Thank you. I am still learning to improve and don’t deserve full stars. Per your interest, I will have some more videos in 2008 and 2009 uploaded.

  7. artvirtue says:

    I have included in …
    I have included in more info about the water writing products.

  8. artvirtue says:

    Most of the time, I …
    Most of the time, I do better by myself in a quiet place. You remember the lady that kept talking in the class when you visited, she challenged Yang Hsiungs perspective and stated that one should not be confined by any situation. I have not been that good to make any disagreement and in public I had no choice so most of my writings in public are different.

  9. artvirtue says:

    楊雄 Yang Hsiung of …
    楊雄 Yang Hsiung of the Han dynasty stated that 字為心畫 calligraphy is mind image. Likewise, the philosophy of Chinese brush painting is analogous to this perspective. Since different people have different personalities, approaches, and mentalities and that the Chinese people have some different sets of aesthetics about calligraphy, to point out what is good or not so good would involve many objective, personal, subjective, and controversial aspects.

  10. artvirtue says:

    During one of those …
    During one of those concerts, I met a man who was a pupil of 李苦禪 Li Kuchan and an acquaintance of other contemporary Chinese painting masters such as 李可染 Li Keran and 程十髮 Cheng Shifa. He pointed out that Li keran would not paint the whole landscape before his students. He only demonstrated part of the landscape, did a few brushstrokes, and explained. When he wanted to paint by himself, he said its creation and preferred to do that by himself.

  11. NingasKugon09 says:

    i did not realize …
    i did not realize until now that writing in cursive is much more difficult…because in alphabet it is faster and easier or perhaps because we are used to writing it and using it everyday … was taught and used at a younger age…it always true that more practice makes perfect
    Thank you for showing us…

    ” a grain of knowledge put all together creates greater knowledge”

  12. Sanpitsu says:

    This is as good as …
    This is as good as it gets! So much knowledge in here, I will be watching this video more than a few times.

    It is quiet understandable that after two hours, ones work can not have the same sharpness of the beginning. But even if there are flaws in the two scrolls, it is still wonderful watching your calligraphy artistry ! Five stars!

  13. tutusgram says:

    This is an …
    This is an extremely helpful video. Those of us who are learning Chinese calligraphy need to see and have explained what is good and what is not so good.
    Is that a different type of water writing board?
    Thank you.

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