Archive for December, 2011

Pine tree Chinese painting 5/7 leaf dots scale rock

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

top chinese painting Master painters established esthetics and norms to paint trees, flowers, birds, orchid, and a pinetree. Considering the characteristics of Chinese calligraphy and painting brushes, they usually paint trees from top to bottom, adding leaves and details, scales etc. The great Zhang Daquin even wrote in his essays that a tree should be painted from TOP to BOTTOM and it will be absurd if it is done the other way. Part 7 will contain samples of masterpieces of trees and future videos will be demonstrated by other painters.

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Kai Shu Characters 淮孫景 in Chinese Calligraphy Wei Bei Style

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

top chinese calligraphy Free download of various Chinese calligraphy models of the Wei and Jin Dynasties: http://www.9610.com/weijin/1.htm

http://www.art-virtue.com/styles/kai/index.htm#5 魏碑 (“Wei Bei”), a subset of Chinese calligraphy Kai Shu styles, is generally regarded as one of the best art forms for training the technical requirements of different Chinese calligraphy styles.

Sample characters in this video:
淮 the Huai River
孫 grandson
景 scene

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Hong Kong Media: China’s Top 10 Prisoners of 2011

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

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Hong Kong media selected China’s top 10 prisoners of 2011.
Activists said there are many political prisoners in China.
They are sent to jail for giving a voice to democracy and
human rights.

On Dec.28, Hong Kong’s Ming Pao newspaper selected
China’s top 10 prisoners of 2011.
They are; AIDS activist Hu Jia; China Democracy founder
Qin Yongmin; law scholar Xu Zhiyong;
Blind lawyer Chen Guangcheng; artist Ai Weiwei;
writer Ran Yunfei; activists Liu Xianbin and Liu Xiaobo;
Zhao Lianhai, father of a child harmed by melamine-tainted
milk; and 64tianwang.com founder Huang Qi,

64tianwang.com worker Pu Fei: “They experienced long-term
prison sentences, and are suppressed by the authorities.
For example, within the space of 10 years, Huang Qi spent
8 years in prison, a high frequency even within China.
Thus Ming Pao selected them as top 10 prisoners,
I don’t think it is wrong, it is an actual comment.”

One top 10 prisoner, activist Qin Yongmin from Wuhan, said
there are hundreds of thousands of such prisoners in China.
Under the current dictatorship, more and more people suffer.

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) takes political charges
as criminal offenses, denying the existence of political
prisoners. Instead, dissidents are sentenced with such charges
as “inciting subversion of state power.”

Qin Yongmin: “Years ago, the CCP invented anti-revolution
crimes for persecution.
Today the CCP uses the “inciting subversion of state power”
charge instead, but they are the same.
The CCP can seize power with violence, but not allow you to
have peace and freedom of speech. It is the major problem.
This is the common nature of a dictatorship, as they do
whatever they want. You commit a crime if you speak.”

Qin said that even the Middle East has moved towards
Democracy. China is the last great dictatorial regime.
It is one of the few countries with dictatorship, and it is
impossible to avoid this democracy trend.
Qin believes selecting ‘China top 10 prisoners’ has limitations,
as such prisoners are everywhere in China.

Qin Yongmin: “I believe the top 10 prisoners, including all
activists and dissidents are concerned for the country and
people, looking for the right direction for the country,
and are responsible for it’s future.
However, under China’s current system, those who speak for
the nation and people, are sent to prisons more often.
This fact is painful; it is the major human rights problem.

If the problem can not be solved, China’s social progress
cannot be solved.”

In April 2011, the US published 2010 Country Reports on
Human Rights Practices.
It criticized China’s deterioration in human rights.

The CCP continues to use illegal detention, improper trials,
and house arrests, including for family members.

Pu Fei: “Since June 4, 1989, China’s democracy movement
has never rested.
In the past 23 years, in Sichuan province, countless activists
were sent to jail.
We don’t know the names of many of them, but they continue
fighting for their freedom, for a great goal.”

Pu Fei said that any country in the world with dictatorship
cannot last forever, as a cloud cannot cover the sun forever.
The victory of China’s human rights and democracy movement
is a historical necessity, and is the only choice.

NTD reporters Chang Chun, Huang Rong and Wang Mingyu

《神韵》2011世界巡演新亮点
http://www.ShenYunPerformingArts.org/

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The Top 11 Signs Your Driving School Instructor is Nuts?

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

11> Conducts the first week’s lessons in two chairs using imaginary
driving motions and engine sounds.

10> Keeps stopping in the middle of your lesson to deliver pizzas.

9> Fails you unless you can get the airbag to pop.

8> Instead of emergency brakes on his side of the car, he has a
passenger-side accelerator and a mini bar stocked with Wild Turkey and Ho
Ho’s.

7> Has "P – R – D – 2 – 1" painted on his fly and keeps yelling, "Shift!"

6> Has a working saw blade on the hood and mutters about "fixing
Speed Racer for good".

5> Immediately fails you because his Carmen Miranda-style hat
doesn’t fit in your Escort.

4> Day One: "Chinese Fire Drills", "Basic Mooning Techniques"
and "Reloading a 9mm at 90 mph."

3> Always divides class into "shirts" and "skins."

2> When he yells "England," you’re supposed to start driving on
the other side of the road.

and the Number 1 Sign Your Driving School Instructor is Nuts…

1> Insists you turn off the headlights and "use the Force."
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That was funny. I just woke up and it made me chuckle. Thanks for helping me get my day off to a good start.

Traditional Chinese Painting – Chinese Flower Bird Painting – Watercolor. Google Image Inspired. 1/2

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

top chinese painting Chinese Flower Bird Painting

http://www.google.com/images?hl=en&q=Chinese%20Flower%20Bird%20Painting&um=1&ie=UTF-8&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi

Flower Bird Landscapes

http://www.google.com/images?um=1&hl=en&tbs=isch%3A1&sa=1&q=Chinese+Flower+Bird+Landscapes&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&oq=&gs_rfai=

Disclaimers: Not all of the pictures from Google Images above and included in those two videos are “traditional (classical)” Chinese painting styles.
To know what “traditional” or “classical” Chinese painting styles are, the best sources include
http://www.amazon.com/Three-Thousand-Years-Chinese-Painting/dp/0300094477/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1287506243&sr=8-1 (purely classical plus early 20th century modern styles — A must read for all CBP people. This book is the most comprehensive CBP ever written in English. It’s very difficult to understand the techniques and terms mentioned. )
Many books written by Chinese painting professor James Cahill

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=James+Cahill

http://www.amazon.com/Chinese-Brush-Painting-Academic-Approach/dp/0984291504/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1287506243&sr=8-2#_ More modern, less traditional (classical)
Chinese painting books by O-shi Yang – More modern, less traditional (classical), mostly spontaneous styles
The terms “traditional Chinese painting,” “traditional Chinese calligraphy” and “traditionalchinesecalligraphy” have been improperly exploited and recognized by people who have not study Chinese calligraphy and CBP seriously and correctly.

To know what “traditional Chinese calligraphy” is, this is the best English book that has purely 100% “traditional Chinese calligraphy” as written by historical Chinese masters and collected by museums in China, Europe (including Germany and England), Japan, and U.S.

http://www.amazon.com/Chinese-Calligraphy-Culture-Civilization-China/dp/0300121075/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1287508147&sr=1-3

After reading those two “3000 Years” books in depth, we will know how seriously Chinese people consider what “traditional” or “classical” should be as related to the styles of Chinese calligraphy and Chinese brush painting. That’s why a student of Chinese calligraphy and Chinese brush painting, no matter a Chinese or a Westerner, a professor or a new beginner, should never, knowingly or unknowingly, use the terms “traditional Chinese painting” & “traditional Chinese calligraphy” lightly and improperly.

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Four Treasures Chinese Calligraphy Box Set for Beginners

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

top chinese calligraphy 1. Four Treasures box sets from Amazon, e-Bay or Taobao

http://www.google.com/images?um=1&hl=en&tbs=isch%3A1&sa=1&q=Chinese+calligraphy+set&aq=f&aqi=g1&aql=&oq=&gs_rfai=

More 文房四宝 from www.taobao.com

http://s.taobao.com/search?q=%CE%C4%B7%BF%CB%C4%B1%A6&keyword=&commend=all&ssid=s5-e&search_type=item&atype=&tracelog=

Hopefully these will make great Christmas gifts.

2. Preparing new brushes
Soaking new brushes – Obeying the Centered Tip Principle 中鋒 is required in all stages of using Chinese calligraphy brushes for beginners and experienced calligraphers as well.
中鋒 is one of the most important techniques of Chinese calligraphy.

http://www.art-virtue.com/principles/p5-centertip.htm

NOTE: The brushes sold with box sets have different levels of qualities. It’s best to consult experienced calligraphers for reliable resources. Some box sets have brushes that might make beginners of Chinese calligraphy unable to understand some calligraphic principles and achieve good writing results.

3. Looking for models to copy
Google “Free Chinese calligraphy model” or search 楷書, 書法 and (or) 字帖 from www.bookseed.com and www.books.com.tw

4. Grinding ink
More video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFqfzKV2OeM

5. Finding basic writing methods and principles
Dipping brushes with ground ink and basic writing techniques http://www.art-virtue.com/tutorial/index.htm

6. Cleaning brushes & inkstones
Search in http://www.art-virtue.com/index.html#GoogleSearch or http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=artvirtue#g/u

7. Brief view of Chinese seal chops
Chinese seals and their usages have special types of knowledge and sets of rules and taboos in Chinese culture, especially when they are applied in Chinese calligraphy and brush painting. It’s not necessary for beginners to know the rules involved as shown below.
篆刻 = seal carving; 用印 = using seals; 規則 = rules
篆刻用印規則 (Some related & unrelated articles in Google) http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=%E7%AF%86%E5%88%BB%E7%94%A8%E5%8D%B0%E8%A6%8F%E5%89%87&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&oq=&gs_rfai=
http://igt.com.tw:3000/domain/show_article/51 (Some samples of using seals)

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The Green Hornet Movie Trailer 2011(Official)周杰伦《青蜂侠》电影官方正式预告片

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

top chinese artist The Green Hornet Trailer 2011(Official)
Release date: January 14, 2011
Starring: Seth Rogen, Cameron Diaz, Jay Chou, Christoph Waltz and Michael Pena

JAY CHOU
Jay Chou (born January 18, 1979) is a Taiwanese musician, singer, music and Film producer, actor and director who has won the World Music Award four times. He is well-known for composing all his own songs and songs for other singers. In 1998 he was discovered in a talent contest where he displayed his piano and song-writing skills. Over the next two years, he was hired to compose for popular Chinese singers. Although he was trained in classical music, Chou combines Chinese and Western music styles to produce songs that fuse R&B, rock and pop genres, covering issues such as domestic violence, war, and urbanization.

From the launch of his music career in 2000, Jay Chou has won more than 350 singer, singer-songwriter, and producer awards in Asia.[10] The highly coveted Golden Melody Awards in Taiwan[j] awarded “Best Album” for his debut CD Jay (2000) in 2001, and five awards (including “Best Album”, “Best Composer”, and “Best Producer”) in the following year for the album Fantasy (2001). However, failure to win “Best Album” for three consecutive years has left him disheartened with award ceremonies. Although he continues to win more than 20 awards per year from various organizations in Asia, Chou has stated he will rely more on album sales as an indicator of his music’s quality and popularity.[95] In 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2008, he was awarded Best-Selling Artist in China by World Music Awards for the albums Common Jasmin Orange, Still Fantasy and On the Run
(more about JAY CHOU :http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jay_Chou)

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Removing Metallic From Paint?

Monday, December 26th, 2011

Ok, so my parents got this metal decorative wall hanger. Its painted black, it have three disks in the center of it and is painted like a chinese gong (black and a mustard color) . Well there is some silver metallic patches on top of the surface of the paint that shouldnt be there. Any suggestions about how to remove the metallic substance without damaging the product?

Have you tried to just fingernail them off? Any type of remover will just remove the paint, but could try rubbing alcohol. How much is on there? Sounds like you might just need to prime and paint again.

Chinese Painting Sells Highest

Saturday, December 24th, 2011

top chinese painting CHAN: When the Chinese oil painting, “Slave and Lion,” sold for almost 7 million dollars at a Christie’s auction, it broke the record for the most money ever paid for a Chinese painting. Art experts say this is probably part of a trend. Let’s take a look at this record-breaking art.

STORY: A rare piece by renowned Chinese artist Xu Beihong has smashed the

record for a Chinese oil painting, selling for USD6.9 million at a Christie’s auction in Hong Kong.

The work “Slave and Lion”, far exceeded the pre-auction

estimate of USD4.1 million, underscoring the sustained

feverish demand from buyers for top quality works by Chinese artists.

[Vincpi Chang, Christie's VP]

“The price achieved today will set the benchmark for Chinese art.

So I’m actually quite positive looking forward to the future, that more record

prices will be broken.”

Xu Beihong’s “Slave and Lion” dates from the artist’s stay in

Berlin in the early 1920s and depicts the story of the Roman slave Androcles

who pulled a thorn from a lion’s paw.

A dark work rendered in Xu’s realistic technique, it carries a distinct

Western form and subject, though with unmistakable Chinese line drawing

touches.

The seller was an unnamed Singapore collector and the buyer anonymous.

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Chinese calligraphy video (1998) in Li Shu

Saturday, December 24th, 2011

top chinese calligraphy Chinese calligraphy Clerical Style (Li Shu) recorded in Standard Definition camera in 1998

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