Chinese landscapes made easy

Rebecca Yue

Book - 2007

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Published
New York, N.Y. : Watson-Guptill 2007.
Language
English
Physical Description
176 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 25 cm
Bibliography
Includes index.
ISBN
9780823006069
0823006069
Main Author
Rebecca Yue (-)
Review by Library Journal Reviews

Yue learned Chinese brush painting as a child through following the strict disciplines of three masters. Here, she shows the beginner how to paint dramatic landscapes in the classic Chinese style using simple and affordable equipment. In a series of painting lessons, she focuses on the key elements of Chinese landscape painting—e.g., trees, mountains, water, sky, clouds—then combines them with depictions of wind, rain, fog, and snow to evoke moods and seasons. For an equally solid volume on another genre of Chinese painting, see Lian Quan Zhen's Chinese Watercolor Techniques: Painting Animals. Recommended. [Page 57]. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Learning Chinese brush painting takes long years of dedicated study, right? Not any more! Now, with just six essential Chinese brushes and a little time, anyone can paint stunning landscapes in the classic style. Author Rebecca Yue builds confidence in new artists by starting from the very beginning: how to hold and control a Chinese brush. Then a series of painting lessons, each dedicated to a key element of Chinese landscape painting, lead to a simple waterfall painting that uses just two simple brushstrokes, "dots" and "long dots." With more practice and more advanced (yet still easy to do) strokes, the budding artist will learn to depict trees, rocks, mountains, water, skies, rain and snow, even subtle light effects. Finally, the project section shows exactly how to put all the elements together, step by step, to produce stunning works of art. A gallery of twelve beautiful artworks by the author, with detailed explanations of the techniques used to create each one, offers inspiration and ideas for the emerging artist.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Study Chinese brush painting for years and years—or create stunning landscapes in just days with this book!Learning Chinese brush painting takes long years of dedicated study, right? Not any more! Now, with just six essential Chinese brushes and a little time, anyone can paint stunning landscapes in the classic style. Author Rebecca Yue builds confidence in new artists by starting from the very beginning: how to hold and control a Chinese brush. Then a series of painting lessons, each dedicated to a key element of Chinese landscape painting, lead to a simple waterfall painting that uses just two simple brushstrokes, "dots" and "long dots." With more practice and more advanced (yet still easy to do) strokes, the budding artist will learn to depict trees, rocks, mountains, water, skies, rain and snow, even subtle light effects. Finally, the project section shows exactly how to put all the elements together, step by step, to produce stunning works of art. A gallery of twelve beautiful artworks by the author, with detailed explanations of the techniques used to create each one, offers inspiration and ideas for the emerging artist. • The quick, simple way to learn an ancient art• Structured lesson-by-lesson course breaks brush painting down into manageable steps• Author has a big following