• Freestyle
  • Flowers
  • Meticulous
  • Silk
    about this gallery...

    Paintings on silk are usually done in the ‘meticulous style’.

    This is a method that reached its height in the Song Dynasty in China. Careful fine lines describe the subject and then fine washes of ink, indigo and or colour produce the tonal quality in the picture. A final wash of colour finishes the effect. Freestyle painting on silk is more rare but can be effective too.

  • Batik
  • Silk Ladies
  • Bird on plum

Chinese Brush Painting

Bird on plum

Bird on plum

10 x 8 inches on silk

Painting on silk. This meticulous form of painting was very popular in the Art Academy founded by Emperor Zhao Ji (1082-1135) in the Song Dynasty (960-1271). It shows a bird on a plum blossom branch, and has been painted with several light layers of ink and colour.