A few samples of my copies of Huang Binhong’s works
The Essence of Chinese Painting (VI)
If you learn traditional Chinese painting, it is extremely important – from the Chinese point of view – to copy old masters. As I think so too I accepted the challenge and the work was well received.
In a certain way it is similar to studying classical music: finger exercises, up and down the scales, trying to understand why a composer put which notes and why.
When copying, one should under no circumstances try to imitate the original painting line by point. What is important is to grasp the spirit (qi 气) of the painting and to proceed independently. As long as you haven’t painted the picture dead, you’ve learned something.
Below are a few works – the original on the left, my copies on the right. Please don’t be too harsh with your criticism 🙂
More of my paintings after or in style of Huang Binhong can be found HERE
At regular intervals I try to analyze various aspects of Chinese painting, its philosophy, concepts, techniques, etc. on the basis of short contributions. I studied Chinese art, lived in China for 5 years, studied at the Central Academy of Fine Arts and wrote my dissertation on Chinese free-hand style painting. My pictures are presented HERE. More articles can be found at The Essence of Chinese Painting.