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1982

Moyuan Suibi : Painting of Five Elements

Moyuan Suibi : Painting of Five Elements

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1982

Moyuan Suibi : The Art of War by Sun Zi

Moyuan Suibi : The Art of War by Sun Zi

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1982

Moyuan Suibi : All One Family Under Taiji

Moyuan Suibi : All One Family Under Taiji

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1982

Moyuan Suibi : Lion Dance

Moyuan Suibi : Lion Dance

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1982

Moyuan Suibi : Dragon Dance

Moyuan Suibi : Dragon Dance

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1982

Moyuan Suibi : Niubizi Cartoons

Moyuan Suibi : Niubizi Cartoons

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1982

The Philosophy Behind Chinese Landscape Painting

The Philosophy Behind Chinese Landscape Painting

For Chinese landscape painting, it is not necessary for you to paint the landscape you see. You paint only the landscape you envision in your mind but the painting must capture the spirit of nature.

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1982

Moyuan Suibi : Preface to the Feast on a Spring Night in Peach and Plum Garden

Moyuan Suibi : Preface to the Feast on a Spring Night in Peach and Plum Garden

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1982

January 17 1982: The Chinese Character Longevity and Nourishing Life

January 17 1982: The Chinese Character Longevity and Nourishing Life

What does life's journey look like? Should be like a goose landing on a snow field. By chance leaving footprints, it does not care to count as it flies to the east or west.” This is from Su Dongbo's poem. A friend once asked me, “Where has all your work gone?” The question hit me straight in the heart. Thinking back, I have.....

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1982

February 7 1982: Sketching Folk Songs

February 7 1982: Sketching Folk Songs

Many people base their paintings on “Li Sao” (“Departing in Sorrow”, a famous Chinese poem by Qu Yuan), often mixing abstractionism with realism in an exciting way. I had originally wanted to make a painting using “Classic of Poetry” as a theme, but I felt it might feel a little distant if I based it on something so ancient.

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1982

February 14 1982: The Foolish Old Man Moves Mountains

February 14 1982: The Foolish Old Man Moves Mountains

I have painted “Yu Gong Yi Shan” or “Foolish old man moves mountains” many times before, in the form of both horizontal and vertical scrolls. There are indeed many details to be depicted: after all “Yu Gong” the foolish old man had a big family, including children and grandchildren; there are the mountains that act as backdrop; the beauty of the of the motions of the people digging up the earth, the stones being broken apart and the mud being carried away. To add to all that, I could also include the sending in of the food and drinks, as well as the people standing........

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1982

February 21 1982: Drawing the Poetic Scenes of Dong Po

February 21 1982: Drawing the Poetic Scenes of Dong Po

This story happened about two years ago. One day, a stranger came to Art House Gallery and bought a painting which was inspired by Dong Po’s poem: “Might as well be drunk for the path is hard to walk / Might as well be sleeping for there are words that are hard to speak / The gentleman lies sleeping among these rocks / For eternity no one understands his purpose....

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1982

February 28 1982: Pictorial Writing

February 28 1982: Pictorial Writing

Words are the symbols of a language. Since the beginning of time, babies have, like apes, known how to make various sounds with their mouths. These sounds represented “desire”. Whether it was the expression of extreme sadness through crying, extreme happiness through laughing, or extreme urgency through screaming, they did it via a string of sounds like “wa”, “he” and “ya”. In order to record the sounds, meanings and shapes that couldn't be expressed by merely hand gestures, movements or facial expressions, all sorts of symbols – which were essentially drawings and writing's most primitive form – were born.

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1982

May 16 1982: Returning Boat in the Storm

May 16 1982: Returning Boat in the Storm

Sometimes, when I get bored of painting, I do calligraphy. When I get sick of writing, I would paint some “pictorial words”. If I get even more bored, I start writing articles. I don't write poetry or play chess, because they require too much brain usage. When I am painting, sometimes.....

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1982

May 23 1982: The Zen in Life

May 23 1982: The Zen in Life

There is much talk these days, both in the East and the West, about “Zen”, as if it is some kind of fashionable knowledge. In truth, Zen is about spiritual cultivation, and if you have the opportunity, it could lead you into enlightenment and into a "wonderful" (and not mysterious) state. In Buddhism, “Zen” was originally known as “Concentration”. ...

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1982

June 13 1982: Madman Mi the Stone Worshipper

June 13 1982: Madman Mi the Stone Worshipper

Previously, in the articles “Daily Lessons ”and “Dots”, I had mentioned “Mi Fu Style”. Someone had asked me about the “Mi family”, but I could not answer his questions at that time. One day, in a pile of old photographs, I found a picture of “Madman Mi, the Stone Worshipper”. That got me thinking: Who was “Madman Mi”? Why was he “worshipping stones”? And why was he known as a “madman”?

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1982

June 27 1982: The Painting of Bodhidharma Gazing at the Wall

June 27 1982: The Painting of Bodhidharma Gazing at the Wall

Speaking of Bodhidharma, three stories immediately come to mind (these stories are often used as themes in paintings). The first, “Nine years of facing the wall”; the second, “Crossing the great river with just a reed”, and lastly, “The return to the West with a single shoe”.

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1982

August 15 1982: Su Miao with Ink

August 15 1982: Su Miao with Ink

A few issues ago I wrote about the topic of “bai miao”. “Bai miao” seems to have become an official term for ink fine line drawing in the world of Chinese painting. In actual fact, “bai miao” is another name for “su miao” (which means to sketch or outline with ink). “Su Miao” seems to be one of the most basic of Western drawing techniques. To sum it all up, “bai miao” is a technique that makes use of “lines” to create outlines. The earliest form of “bai miao” is the “floating silk outline” (originated by Gu Kaizhi).

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1982

September 1982: The Ten Talks of Niubizi

September 1982: The Ten Talks of Niubizi

147 pages, published in mandarin by Li Ming Cultural Enterprise Co. Ltd, Taiwan. Published in September, 1982.

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1982

October 24 1982: Su Miao Ink Painting of Human Figures

October 24 1982: Su Miao Ink Painting of Human Figures

The last time I wrote about “Su Miao with ink”, the article focused on landscape painting (painting the scenery). Many friends asked me, “Can we use the same techniques when painting human figures?” I answered, “Yes, of course.” Because I could not express it all in one article, I did not mention human figures, flowers, birds, grass, insects, abstract art and so on.

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