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KAI SHU 楷書 sample characters in Chinese calligraphy: 聖善傳

Sunday, August 5th, 2012

top chinese calligraphy Chinese calligraphy in Kai Shu: http://www.art-virtue.com/styles/kai/index.htm

聖 holy
善 goodness
傳 transmit

Practicing Kai Shu calligraphy is a preliminary step before learning other styles of Chinese calligraphy and Chinese painting.

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

Wednesday, 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.

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Li Shu 隸書 Chinese calligraphy sample lesson #2 (why prefer older rubbings?)

Saturday, May 19th, 2012

top chinese calligraphy Original rubbings ( 原拓 ) from steles of Chinese calligraphy models are always preferred by well-trained Chinese calligraphers and teachers. The shape, structure, spirits of each characters as well as nuances are well kept; however, due to aging and Acts of God, steles deteriorated over the years and the calligraphy needs to be deciphered, understood, and analyzed for practice or appreciation.

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Chinese calligraphy & painting master 溥心畬 Pu Hsin-Yu 2/5

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

top chinese calligraphy http://www.art-virtue.com/painting/history/ching/PuRu/bio-PuRu.htm

http://www.npm.gov.tw/english/exhbition/fu0010/intro-e.htm

Chinese calligraphy painting master 溥心畬 Pu Hsin-Yu (1896-1963) Part 2/5

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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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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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“Eternity” – Chinese Calligraphy Lesson with Datong Xu

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

top chinese calligraphy Datong is my classmate at Nanjing Univ. He currently teaches Chinese calligraphy and painting in Tucson, AZ. We have been good friends for thirty years. Recently he visited our home in LA and had great time doing painting and calligraphy together. I requested him to do this video to demonstrate the evolution of Chinese writing system and Calligraphy for my YouTube channel viwers. In Chinese art esthetics, calligraphy and painting are of common origin. Hope you enjoy!

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