Posts Tagged ‘書法’

Chinese calligraphy 書法

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

top chinese calligraphy Chinese calligraphy ( 書法 ), pronounced as “shu fa”, is a high art practiced and esteemed throughout Chinese history and in many Asian countries.
Chinese calligraphy is the cornerstone of Chinese brush painting. If one has good foundation in Chinese calligraphy, s/he will master Chinese brush painting faster and easier than those who practice Chinese painting without a foundation in Chinese calligraphy. Many Chinese painting techniques are derived from Chinese calligraphy strokes.

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Chinese Calligraphy 中國書法 Scroll “Peace Love Joy (和平愛喜)”

Monday, February 6th, 2012

top chinese calligraphy Writing “Peace Love Joy” in cursive and semi-cursive Chinese calligraphy for Katia from Russia during a Chinese music concert of Master Betty Zhang in McKinney Performing Arts Center in Texas. The writing was done on a pre-mounted blank scroll with printed dragons in light gold. Though the pre-mounted blank scroll can sometimes be wrinkled due to handling, the wrinkles can be removed with an iron. Like music performers trying to play correct notes, writing on a pre-mounted scroll can be risky since the Chinese ink cannot be changed. So I humbly asked the audience to understand and be as quiet as possible to avoid any distraction; otherwise, I lose the money and the scroll if a single stroke or any artistic detail has disappointed me.
First two characters ( 和平 ) mean peace; third ( 愛 ) love; last ( 喜 ) joy.
Picture: friends with the Mayor of City of McKinney, Texas.

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Dictionary of Chinese calligraphy styles 中國書法大字典 (Part 1)

Sunday, January 15th, 2012

top chinese calligraphy Chinese calligraphy characters in different styles compiled in a dictionary.
Part 1 – covers the general introduction with the index charts of Section Headers.
Part 2 – comparisons of original model books (steles) with dictionary.
Part 3 – comparisons of original model books (ink copies) with dictionary
Part 4 – cross referencing with other dictionaries in different styles and from different publishers
Part 5 – application in creating your styles

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WEI BEI 魏碑 Chinese calligraphy Kai Shu: 豫洛俊

Saturday, January 7th, 2012

top chinese calligraphy 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 and Chinese painting genres. The great Chinese painter, Zhang Daqian, practiced Wei Wei and his calligraphy resembles the postures of Wei Bei.

豫 [ yu4 ]
洛 [ luo4 ]
俊 handsome [ jun 4 ] (The character written in the video is a Variant Chinese Character of 俊)

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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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How to Hold A Chinese Calligraphy Brush 書法執筆

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

top chinese calligraphy http://www.art-virtue.com/principles/p2-holding.htm
How to hold a Chinese calligraphy brush
More details explained in http://www.art-virtue.com/principles/index.htm

Places to buy Chinese calligraphy brushes and Four Treasures
http://www.art-virtue.com/links/index.htm#4

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Chinese calligraphy cursive & semi-cursive scripts sample: 盡高勸帝祥荷蒙亮

Sunday, December 11th, 2011

top chinese calligraphy Brushes sold from: http://www.oriental-crafts.com (enter e-Bay store, probably largest selection and lowest prices worldwide)
Meanings of the sample characters in this video:
盡 doing best, 高 high, 勸 persuade, 帝 emperor, 祥 good luck, 荷 lotus,蒙 cover, 亮 bright

http://www.art-virtue.com/styles/hsin/index.htm

Two of the main five styles of Chinese calligraphy are semi-cursive style (Walking Style, Hsin Shu, 行書) and cursive style (Grass Style). They are often used together to inscribe poems and signatures on Chinese calligraphy and/or brush painting artworks. They are often prerequisite for start learning Chinese painting since the techniques of Semi-Cursive and Cursive Styles are as versatile as brush strokes needed in Chinese brush painting.

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Free Chinese Calligraphy Dictionary from www.9610.com 免費線上書法字典

Sunday, December 4th, 2011

top chinese calligraphy Step 1: Online translator http://au.babelfish.yahoo.com/ or http://translate.google.com/#
Disclaimer: Not all software translators can translate Mandarin Chinese 100% correctly. The sentence structures are very different between English and Chinese.

Step 2: Visit http://www.9610.com/zidian/index.htm and click the “search” [搜索] button at least twice to activate the function.

Step 3: Copy & paste each Chinese character and search in the free calligraphy dictionary database. 9610.com keeps updating and adding more entries.
Warning: For your PC securities, please don’t click on “doubtful” ads in 9610 or some Chinese Websites. The functions of 9610 free dictionary are safe for PCs.

Step 4: Use http://neospeech.com or other voice speech software for pronunciation. Chinese characters in Pinyin are very misleading if one has not learned how to pronunciate based on the Pinyin system.

免費線上書法字典
If you find any errors or glitches, please post your comments in www.9610.com’s bulletin board at http://www.9610.com/b/f2.asp?id=199
Disclaimer: Overall, 9610 dictionary is very accurate. Minor or trivial erros or mismatches may still exist.

More videos added in Playlist – Free Utilities & Resources of Chinese Calligraphy, Painting & Mandarin http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=4E70413ED95ED222 These free online utilities will help us obtain the translation of Chinese terms, scans of Chinese calligraphy, stroke orders in Kai Shu, pronunciation, and high quality Chinese painting pictures.
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Multi-Purpose Chinese Calligraphy Brushes (Part 1)

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

top chinese calligraphy http://cgi.ebay.com/10-CHINESE-CALLIGRAPHY-WATER-COLOR-BRUSH-/390278627445?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item5ade6b4075

These brushes made by Mr. Li Gang in China meet the criterion of good brushes – pointy, even, round, and resilient ( 尖齊圓健 ). These are the brushes I personally use for YouTube videos, teaching, and public events since 2007.

Mr. Robert Bo sold them at U.S. $1 each as of 2007-2008. The new imports (available in Janauary 2011) will be slightly higher in prices with more choices of products made by Li Gang.

The brush maker Mr. Li Gang ( 李剛 or 李刚 ) is a relative of the famous brush maker Zou Jielong ( 鄒節龍 or 邹节龙 ) whose reputation is highly esteemed in China. Their brushes share some similarities. (In China, many people have the same names as 李刚. So please don’t confused.)

I provide the info and writing videos as educational resources to acquire supplies and tools for Chinese calligraphy and painting.

Inquiry or direct order: Robert Bo (972) 758-7238 in Dallas, Texas and mention Li Gang’s brushes.

Due to Robert’s teapot business

http://shop.ebay.com/chineseteapotgallery/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_from=&_ipg=&_trksid=p3686

calling is the most convenient and fastest way to reach him. Robert will not know how to answer very specific technical questions regarding brushes.
For technical questions about Chinese calligraphy brushes and other Four Treasures:

http://www.art-virtue.com/principles/index.htm

http://stores.ebay.com/Big-Teapot-Brush-Jade-Dress-eStore__W0QQ_fsubZ336676QQ_scZ1QQ_sopZ1

There are over 1,000 items not listed on Robert’s forbiddencity2008 e-Bay store. The best way to look for unlisted items, arrange international shipping, or purchase wholesale quantities is to call Robert between 12 – 8 PM, daily, Texas time.

Shopping for Four Treasures: http://www.art-virtue.com/links/index.htm#4

Joshua Hough’s Disclaimer:
1. I do not guarantee the quality of each individual brush (brushes are all hand made “individually” – no productions by machines), nor the price changes and availability. Many Chinese schools in the U.S. have ordered large quantities of these inexpensive and quality brushes, so I am not responding to any availability issues.
2. I do not sell any of those brushes from my inventory.
3. I do not take commissions in any form.

I provide the information in this video solely for practitioners of Chinese calligraphy and painting to compare the selection and shopping of the supplies and tools.

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