Chinese Artists

As you know, my family and I attended the China now! festival and saw a number of artisans from China who create using their hands. We did not see the artist who used the ink tools below as he was taking a break.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014
Ink pot and tools. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

We did, however, admire the drawing he was creating with the black ink.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014
A Chinese-style drawing. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

Next to this station was the man responsible for giving colour to the drawings. Using a fine tipped brush, he painted in the drawings that are so synonymous with Chinese culture.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014
Painting the inked drawings. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

As we watched, he painted in a small section of the drawing with small, fine strokes.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014
A Chinese artists at work. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

I have seen many pictures like this in the past – many of them photocopies. The copier does not do justice to the textures and tones that this artist was creating.

Do you enjoy looking at Chinese-style paintings?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

(This post was written to be a part of Paula’s Thursday Special. Head on over to her to see what other interesting submissions have been made.)

Photos of other Chinese artisans I have shared so far:

The wood carver

The paper cutter


35 thoughts on “Chinese Artists

  1. Oh yes, I do, but I prefer drawings like the one at the beginning of the post. Thank you for sharing this delightful art, Colline. I will come back to see the other related posts and other posts I missed due to holidays. Talk later 🙂


    1. It was a pity we did not see the person drawing at work – that would have been so interesting for my daughters to see as they enjoy drawing themselves.


    1. It was fascinating to see all the artists Amy. We spent a long time watching each one. This is why we enjoy these festivals – always something new to see.


  2. I love the vibrant colors. I’m a fan of all types of art, even if I don’t understand it, I still appreciate it. I’ve always wanted to be an artist, but lack the imagination and skills to put my ideas on canvas.


  3. I love Chinese paintings. They are always so colorful and I love the subtle colours they use. Such a talented artist! Great post Colline. 😀


  4. Such a benevolent face the artist has drawn there in black and white . the coloured paintings are delightful full of verve !


  5. @”Do you enjoy looking at Chinese-style paintings?…” – of course… 🙂 we’ve been to Taiwan 4 times and our daughter-in-law is a wonderful and smart Taiwanese gal, perfectly trilingual: Chinese, English and French… 🙂


  6. I like looking at Chinese paintings. I like the clean lines and the graceful calligraphy that often go with them though I do not understand a thing about calligraphy.


  7. Beautiful Colline, they do have a beautiful way of portraying art and their writings.
    Each piece is a masterpiece in its own right.
    I recall watching the artists in Chile doing matchstick carvings, so intricate and beautiful art.
    Many countries have great artisans, all portraying beauty.


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