of painted calligraphy, experimental calligraphy, gestural calligraphy, and traditional calligraphy.
To get a quick overview, there are short videos on various topics such as calligraphy at:
Catalog with 4 subgroups of Chinese oriented Calligraphy
painted calligraphy – 彩绘书法
This painted calligraphy portfolio presents works that are based on traditional Chinese calligraphy but in the painted way. These can be oil paintings with Chinese characters, works with colored ink, or works with Chinese poems.
experimental calligraphy – 实验书法
Works from the experimental calligraphy series are based on old concepts from Chinese calligraphy, painting, and seal carving. There are also aspects of Western painting, especially the use of color.
gestural calligraphy – 手势书法
Compilation of calligraphy showing works that are essentially based on principles of traditional Chinese calligraphy, but the characters themselves do not make any sense. At first glance, they often look like calligraphy, but it’s all about gestures or motoric writing.
traditional calligraphy – 传统书法
This calligraphy portfolio shows works in classic Chinese writing styles. In addition to my own work, there are calligraphies based on works of the old masters of Chinese calligraphy.
about Chinese calligraphy
Chinese calligraphy is an ancient art form that exists for many generations. It is a way of writing Chinese characters using a brush and ink. The characters are on rice paper or silk, and the brushstrokes are of great care and precision.
Calligraphy is one of the four arts of the Chinese scholar, along with painting, poetry, and music. It is an important part of Chinese culture and often appears in Chinese art, such as scrolls, fans, and other decorative items.
One of the key elements of Chinese calligraphy is the use of different brushstrokes. Each brushstroke of a character has a specific meaning. The brushstrokes are fitting in three categories: basic, running, and stopping. Basic strokes are the foundation of the characters and work to create the structure of the characters. Running strokes are for the lines and curves of the characters, and stopping strokes are for the points and angles of the characters.
Furthermore another important aspect of Chinese calligraphy is the use of different types of ink. Whereas black ink is the most common ink, other colors, such as red and blue appear too. The ink is a mixture of soot and water and comes in sticks.
In addition to classic Chinese calligraphy, there are also many different styles of calligraphy that have developed over the years. In particular, these styles include the regular script, the running script, the seal script, and the cursive script. Each style has its own unique characteristics and serves different purposes.
Chinese calligraphy is not only an art form but also a way to express one’s personality and emotions. Moreover it is a meditative and calming practice that can help to improve focus and concentration. Besides, it is also a form of self-expression and can create beautiful and meaningful works of art.
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