• Freestyle
    about this gallery...

    Feestyle painting evolved in the Song dynasty. The paper it is done on is often called Xuan. This is the name of the town that produces most of China’s paper. Freestyle painting developed enormously during the Yuan dynasty and the artists painting in this style were called the 'Literati'.

    By the Ming Dynasty the freestyle way of painting was very much the favourite and yet famous artists tried hard not to let the meticulous or 'academic' way of painting decline too far.

    Qualities of paper vary enormously. Most freestyle work is done on Xuan paper which has little size in it. Paper with lots of added size is called 'meticulous' paper. Paintings done on this surface will usually be made in the same way as for those on silk. All sorts of materials are used to produce a wide variety of papers in China. Cotton rag and hemp, sandalwood, rice, bamboo, and mulberry bark to name but a few. Colours may vary and flakes of gold or silver, flower petals or dried leaves can be added. Paper often comes with printed patterns in it. These could be dragons or flowers or calligraphy etc. and are intrinsic to the paper and can be painted over.

  • Flowers
  • Meticulous
  • Silk
  • Batik
  • Birds on Lotus
  • Fuschia and Butterflies
  • Ink Bamboo
  • Magpies and Forsythia
  • Rooster
  • The Concubine.
  • Waterfall in Autumn
  • Persimmon
  • Fish
  • Landscape
  • Bubble eye fish
  • Moonlight bamboo
  • Lady
  • Landscape 2
  • Pomegranate
  • Landscape 3
  • Frog
  • Angel fish
  • Mushroom
  • Chillis
  • Loquat
  • Minnow
  • Pumpkin
  • bird with berries

Chinese Brush Painting



This picture is a copy of one done by a master. The wonderful composition tells a story. Three tiny minnows swim beneath a bamboo branch. The size of the fish is emphasized....they are no bigger than a bamboo leaf. The feeling of looking down into water through the leaves of bamboo is conveyed only by the fish. If there are fish then there must be water.