If the diagramme is too small to read then you can find more information about Chinese Brush Painting on the Chinese Brush Painters Society website and on Wikipedia.
You can see more of Katrina's work on show at Ross Market House. Take a look at the Made in Ross website and at her own website www.maistra.co.uk
One major difference from most western art is that the paintings lack perspective and shadows.
The nature of the marks will depend not only on the type of stroke made but also type of paper used. Note how the paper is held down by brass paper weights. The paper is also laid onto felt.
Grass paper is recommended for beginners as it is more forgiving and behaves like a moderately sized paper. Xuan paper is thin, highly absorbent and reacts much more noticeably to the brush and water. Katrina had brought samples of many different papers and demonstrated how some of the main types responded in use.
|Bamboo on grass paper|
|Different control needed for Xuan paper|
|This demonstrates the use of gouache as a resist|
and the way painting on the reverse pushes the image forward
The really scary thing we heard on Tuesday was how paintings are wet mounted. This YouTube video may give you some idea of the process.
|An example of Katrina's work|
|Another example - Notice the Japanes paints to the side|