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Linda Tang

Linda Tang's Chinese Brush Painting

By Linda Tang.  August 10, 2011.

Linda’s Chinese painting and calligraphy: a summary

Linda has been studying various types of art from the time she was in high school in Taiwan. She is adept at sketching with pencil, pen & ink drawings, figure drawing, air brush painting, and in different styles of traditional Chinese painting and calligraphy. She has studied Chinese painting locally for the past 10 years with Master Jiang and has rediscovered the importance of it in her life after not pursuing it for many years.

Her art is more of a form of exercise than a hobby. She practices every morning before she goes to work or does anything else.

“You need a pure heart and a clean mind in order to paint. When I am done with a project, I feel a huge release.”

Every tool and every task has meaning and purpose; for example, to properly prepare the ink for painting, the ink stick must be ground 300 times for each scoop (1 T) of water. The colored pigments are made of minerals rather than dyes, and even the ink for the chop (signature) must be of high-quality material in order to last a long time. The Chinese brushes can be made of fur from mink, ox nostrils, or cow ears and since the fur is hard to collect, they can cost upwards of $200 each. The chops or signature seals are one of the most important aspects of a good painting because it provides the support or a foundation. The placement of the seal and the use of negative space is also very important in the paintings.

Linda’s paintings are of flowers and birds, because Master Jiang wants her to perfect these forms before learning to paint larger animals or landscapes (her true passion). He has told her she is ready to exhibit her work—that will be an exciting step in her practice.

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