Notes on Chinese and Japanese Art by Gwendolynn Heley
Following yesterday's Talk on Japanese Art (and Hokusai), I was asked by
Ian and Alan, if I would send some information about Japanese and
Chinese Brush Painting to post of the NoEAC site
Traditionally, there are very close associations in techniques between
the Japanese and Chinese 'Brush Painting'. Much of what Japan did was
first being done in China. The techniques share a lot: Inks (sticks and
liquid), paints, (the Japanese have stronger higher quality pigments,
the Chinese better opaque colours), brushes of a wide variety, made of
many types of hair, and a huge variety of papers made out of different
plants, and silk, untreated or treated for resisting water and colour.
All paintings on paper and silk have to be specially mounted to preserve
I am the leader of the Northern Group of the National Chinese Brush
Painters' Society (CBPS). We are closely associated with the larger
Yorkshire CBPS, with good contacts in the National CBPS too. Having
practised this art form for many years now, and both held and taught
workshops for the past several years, I hope that Club members who want
to look at this type of painting will find the information below useful.
It is most important that if you are buying supplies that you do not try
to get them from a Western Art Store, as they will not be specialists,
or try to buy just off the internet generally. The supplies are very
specific and guidance in buying supplies is advised. Best not to ask the
art store to buy stuff in for you! Otherwise you can end up with
expensive stuff that is poor quality, not what you need, or outright
We hold Workshops and Study/ Mentored Days every month in our studios
here in Gilesgate, Durham. Members who are interested are most welcome
to get in touch regarding the next dates and what's planned. You do NOT
need to bring any supplies - Just your lunch - I will supply everything
you need for the day to give this a try, and then we can advise you
about what to buy if you want to start Chinese or Japanese painting.
Workshops and study days cost between £10 and £32 depending what's on.
They are always held on a Sunday 10 to 4pm -
The easiest thing for Club members wanting information is probably just
to email me via the contact page here
To see some examples by Gwendolynn please go to Gallery "Special"