Chinese Ink Painting Mountains

November 2, 2012 by  

Chinese Ink Painting Mountains, In painting landscapes, flowers or nature, he recalled the ancient saying, “when you want to paint a tree – feel like a tree, when you want to paint a flower – feel the power of the flower radiating to you, and when painting water and mountains – feel the energy of each, ying and yang – dark and light.”

This is the beginning artist’s first exhibit, which he named “Flowing Spirit,” a collection of 58 Chinese Brush paintings on display at the Stable Art Gallery in Ridgewood through the end of the month. Featured are: “Dragonfly and Flowers,” “Bird and Bee,” “Flowers and Grapes,” “Orchids,” “Lotus and Birds,” “Fish, Flowers and Lotus,” “Cranes and Lilies,” “Bamboo and Flowers,” “Rose and Butterfly” and “Morning Glories.”

“I feel honored to have been asked to exhibit my work; my teacher Christal Chang encouraged me,” Santee said about this opportunity to share his art.

For inspiration, he searches the Internet for photos taken in China of mountains, birds, and mountain villages. He also uses his imagination.

He retired in 2001 after being a firefighter in Paterson for 26 years. He says he was always interested in watercolor painting and always loved art from the Far East. In addition to his passion for art, he is also a fan of Martial Arts movies and is a black belt himself.

With more time available to devote to art, he took up Chinese Brush painting eight years ago. At first he took online courses from Chinese masters Master Henry Li and Ning Yeh. Two years ago he began studying with Christal Chang through the Ridgewood Community School.

Materials required for Chinese Brush painting include a calligraphy brush made of badger fur for writing calligraphy, a soft brush made of goat or sheep hair used to apply washes, and a hard brush made from badger or wolf hair. All the paper is handmade in China: rice paper, cotton paper and mulberry paper from mulberry fibers.

A workshop and cultural celebration was held earlier this week with Chinese Brush painting technique explained by instructor Chang and her student Santee.

“When painting Chinese Brush everything does not have to look like a picture, sometimes it’s just suggestive of the subject,” said Santee. “It makes me happy and I know it will bring a smile to others as they view my paintings and discover Chinese Brush painting.”

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