In 2017 I began experimenting with traditional Chinese brushes and ink. Initially the goal was to create textures I could integrate into my digital work (see this post for more on my attraction to textures and style development throughout the years).
I found I enjoyed the whole process of making the ink and the feeling of the materials so much that I wanted to learn more about the techniques used in the classic Chinese ink paintings. Around the same time I developed an interest in Taoism, so a study of the scholar painters and their techniques followed naturally.
As a practice I'm currently focused on three classic subjects: landscapes, plants, and animals.
Painted while talking with a friend, just letting the conversation flow while building up the landscape intuitively. Made with chinese ink diluted in the tea we were having.
Painted early morning on a visit to my parents. The materials for these types of paintings are surprisingly portable. I tend to use only one size brush per painting.
Several cat studies, trying to understand which shapes correspond to which brush techniques. The first one is a study of a painting by the painter Liu Jiyou.