Chinese calligraphy lessons: 13. Paper

July 21st, 2012

top chinese calligraphy I this lesson, I talk about paper.

The primary factor that influences writing is the writer. However, paper that is designed to be used in this context will make it easier.

Xuan (宣) paper is most popular, traditional, and prestigious. I recommend single-ply unsized or half sized xuan paper for both practice and presentation.

Tian Yunzhang’s paper comparison: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TcDb3rex1A4

Duration : 0:5:54

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[中字 MV] Teen Top – To You

July 21st, 2012

top chinese artist 歡迎留言後自由轉載,謝謝支持!
如果影片畫面有黑邊出現,請重新整理以最佳比例播放!

歌手:Teen Top / 틴탑
歌名:To You
專輯:[EP] aRtisT

(中字 繁中字幕 中文字幕 chinese sub MV Full HD 720P)

Duration : 0:3:50

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Chinese Painting Flower Birds (Part 17/3000) + Paintings of Flower & Bird

July 18th, 2012

top chinese painting http://images.google.com/images?hl=en&source=hp&q=%E7%94%B0%E4%B8%96%E5%85%89&gbv=2&aq=f&oq=&aqi=#start=0 Free pictures of Professor Tian Shiguang 田世光 (teacher of Prof. Jin Hongjun)

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&as_q=&as_epq=%E5%A4%AA%E5%B9%B3%E9%B3%A5&as_oq=&as_eq=&num=10&lr=lang_en&as_filetype=&ft=i&as_sitesearch=&as_qdr=all&as_rights=&as_occt=any&cr=&as_nlo=&as_nhi=&safe=images (something about 太平鳥) 太平鳥科 Bombycillidae · 太平鳥 Bombycilla garrulus, en:Bohemian Waxwing · 小太平鳥 Bombycilla japonica, en:Japanese Waxwing

Free Chinese painting from Google 花鳥畫大全

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birds anatomy

http://www.earthlife.net/birds/anatomy.html

http://www.all-birds.com/Anatomy.htm

The term Chinese Flower and Bird Paintings include flowers, birds, plants, animals and various subjects other than pure figure and landscape painting.

These video series will cover both traditional and modern approaches in Gongbi and Xieyi styles of oriental painting and sumi-e and some related Chinese calligraphy techniques and terms. The subjects will cover roosters, eagles, cranes, raggedy birds, flowers, crickets, grass hoppers, sparrows, butterflies, dragonflies, insects, and etc by various Chinese painting masters or professors.

Duration : 0:2:48

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Xuan City: Hometown of Chinese Calligraphy / Painting Four Treasures Part 1 (Brush making processes)

July 18th, 2012

top chinese calligraphy The Xuan writing brush, together with the famous Xuan paper, is made in Jing County, Anhui Province. In ancient times, Jing County was under the jurisdiction of Xuanzhou Prefecture, where the product got its name.
Scholars of the Jin Dynasty (256-420) were especially fond of the Xuan brush. During the Tang (618-907) and Song (960-1279) dynasties, Xuanzhou became a writing brush manufacturing center, and the Xuan brush was listed as a tribute to emperors. At that time, folk artisans made a breakthrough in craftsmanship in selecting materials and polishing the shaft. Brushes were both sharp and neatly cut, and plump and smooth at the tip, enabling artists to write and paint freely. The Xuan brushes, made elaborately from brownish rabbit hair, are considered to be the best and come at a very high price.
Because of wars in the Song Dynasty, brush makers moved out of Xuan City toward the south as a consequence, Hu Zhou brushes also became very famous.

Duration : 0:3:59

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Qatar in biggest ever daytime fireworks show

July 18th, 2012

top chinese artist An art display that is being billed as the biggest ever daytime fireworks show has taken place in Doha, the Qatari capital.

The event is the latest in a series by Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang, the artist who creaked a work for the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics.

The artist, who is based in New York, has spent nearly two months in Qatar creating a series of works, which use explosives normally used by the military as anti-missile decoys.

The cost of the display has not been revealed, but it was funded in full by the Qatar Museum Authority.

Al Jazeera’s Joanna Blundell reports from Doha.

Duration : 0:1:43

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Marketing Sweet Spot: Quality Articles and Popular Blogs

July 18th, 2012

Beginning early this year, google made some changes to their search ranking,   in the name of providing more relevant search results for it’s users, on official google blog it is estimated 11.8% search results will be affected by this update, in plain English, google thinks about 12% of it’s search results are really bad and need to manipulated. They planned and started the update about one year ago, maybe that’s why some of my ranks dropped out of first 10 pages, but almost all the ranks promoted by articles and blog posts were not affected, some of the keywords even ranked better than before, it’s almost a sure thing that plain link building loses all it’s attraction, at least in the eye of google.

What is old way of link building any way? There are a lot of SEO company out there are doing this, they will get links from any websites which accept adding links, the content on those sites will never be updated, almost all of them are garbage, the name of link spamming sites is justified. The latest google update will definitely downgrade most if not all of these sites, any links on them will be affected too. 

A few real world examples will help to explain what I said. It was quite some time ago, I started promote the keyword, Dog Park Play Cables, of course with old way of link building, almost all the sites I got link from had too many links, and those sites had only links, no real content at all. I would give credit where credit is due, this linking strategy worked, eventually the keyword could be found on first page,   the honeymoon lasted until google changed it’s mind. Now let’s look at another keyword, chain pullers, most back links for this keyword are from articles and posts, almost no plain links, you can imagine how this keyword ranks. So contextual link wins this time, what about future? Actually this is all about content, when you create unique and quality content, not only people will love to read your stuff, so do the search engines. You probably think there are already too many blogs out there, it’s not true, there will never be too many good blogs, take a look at this blog, fathers day gift , I didn’t put too much effort into it from start, but I never stopped posting, and to my surprise, I have high ranks for some of  competitive keywords. As far as SEO concerned, quality blog marketing is much better than plain link building. If you can build a group of your own blogs, such as You Need These Chains for Tough Job, then it will be easier to do article marketing.

Remember content is king, you just need to create content, share the content with people, and put your keywords in the context you’re good to go, your effort will reward you handsomely in the end. The virtues, persistence and patience, are essential for your success, you shouldn’t expect things to improve overnight, i.e., selling online or improve your search rankings, keep doing what we have to do till the end of world. Ezine is one of the best article directories out there, new article will be indexed within an hour if not minutes, popular blogs will get your post indexed as soon as you post it, I believe you should see for yourself, Colorful Cords with Low Price, explains some interesting concepts, nice writing, good content, published on popular site, this article serves it’s purpose well.

By the way, if you don’t take social media account, you’re lost. The Twitter tools is a wordpress plugin, you can install it, then go ahead register a new twitter account and app, set up API credentials in your twitter tools option, then make sure every new post will post a new tweet, it’s real easy and useful, no one should miss this tool out.

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Contextual Links Building by Blogging and Article Marketing

July 18th, 2012

Lately google made some changes to their rank algorithm,   in the hope of furnishing it’s search users better results, google engineers published blog post which indicated there were 11.8% organic search results will be affected, in another word, there are about 12% of google search results are considered low quality by google itself. They planned and started the update about one year ago, and recently I see some of my ranks were lowered considerably, the good thing is that those keywords promoted by content rich links are not affected, and a few of them even gained a few positions, it becomes clear that link building the old way is the thing of past, probably due to link spamming sites being tossed out by google.

So what exactly is linking campaign the old way? a large percentage of SEO firms will do this,  they put your links on websites which only exist for holding links, the only updates on those websites are the new links, and most of them are useless, we call these sites link spamming sites. The latest google update will definitely downgrade most if not all of these sites, all the links on those websites will have the same fate.  

Examples will be great for explanation. It was quite some time ago, I started with this keyword, Get Your Hooks Right Here, of course with old way of link building, lately I figured that every site in the campaign had way too many links, worst yet, those sites had no content at all. In the beginning, the ranking of the keyword in question rise pretty fast, eventually the keyword could be found on first page, this was the case until google made the change. Here is another keyword, chain puller , most back links for this keyword are from articles and posts, not too many plain links have been built, you can imagine how this keyword ranks. Old and outdated linking campaign lost to content linking, what’s next? Actually this is all about content, when you create unique and quality content, your rank will improve over time, since search engines are another kind of readers. You probably think there are already too many blogs out there, it’s not true, there will never be too many good blogs, take a look at this blog, sherri hill dresses , I build it as a hobby and kept adding good or mediocre content, and to my surprise, I have high ranks for some of  competitive keywords. Now you can see, blog marketing with great content is the way to go. If you can build a group of your own blogs, for instance Help Yourself On The Road, then it will be easier to do article marketing.

At the end of day all you need to do is to create quality content, publish and share with people, promote your business with the content, this strategy will prevail in short or long term. The virtues, persistence and patience, are essential for your success, long term strategy is required to improve anything of significance, i.e., selling online or improve your search rankings, keep doing what we have to do till the end of world. When publisinh articles, I prefer ezine, new article will be indexed within an hour if not minutes, of course your posts on some blogs will be indexed real fast as well, I believe you should see for yourself, let’s look at this one, Get Your Chains Locked , good writing, interesting content, indexed and cached, this article is a good example of article marketing. 

By the way, if you don’t take social media account, you’re lost. For wordpress blogs, I recommend twitter tools, get a twitter account and API keys, link your blog to twitter, then make sure every new post will post a new tweet, it’s real easy and useful, if you don’t use this tool it’s just too bad.

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Waterfall, cascade 5 – on rice paper, chinese painting

July 15th, 2012

top chinese painting paint (total video is 14 minutes, I cut it to 4 parts for uploading)

Duration : 0:3:49

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Chinese calligraphy painting silk mounting & various supplies (lowest prices)

July 15th, 2012

top chinese calligraphy http://stores.ebay.com/Big-Teapot-Brush-Jade-Dress-eStore_4-Trs-Brush-Sets_W0QQcolZ4QQdirZ1QQfsubZ336676QQftidZ2QQtZkm
EBay Store from http://www.oriental-crafts.com
Large selection of Chinese calligraphy and painting ink stones, wool felt, Xuan paper,
Teapots, brushes at wholesale prices – Guaranteed wholesale prices preferred by:
Dallas Chinese Calligraphy & Painting Association
Oriental Art Association (Irving, Texas)

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Mall stores around the U.S. and other wholesalers
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Cai Guo-Qiang Explosion Work

July 15th, 2012

top chinese artist Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang, who works primarily in gunpowder, works on an “Explosion Work” on Long Island, New York, in 2006. Video produced by McConnell/Hauser Inc. www.mcconnellhauser.com

Duration : 0:4:6

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