Calligraphy in art show

I have a work of calligraphy on display as part of the curated student works in the Asian Art Now exhibit at the Pacific Art League in Palo Alto from February 1 to 21.

My teacher, Yu Chun Hui, is one of three teachers with works at the exhibit.

Image from Pacific Art League FB

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Lunar New Year banners

In what’s turning into an annual thing, I wrote banners for Lunar New Year. This time, I wrote in clerical script.

一本萬利
small capital huge profit

步步高升
climb step by step

I did something different this year. Instead of single characters, I decided to do two on the tiles.

富貴
riches and honor

平安
safe and sound

Happy Lunar New Year!

New goals

It’s that time of year again to look at past goals and set some new goals.

I did get a start on painting this year. I’ve been working on bamboo for the last few months. Next year, I’d like to work on other plants and flowers.

The perennial goal that I seem to never be able to do is create completed works. For some reason, I am super focused on learning and practicing, but not having works to show.

I shouldn’t have an excuse anymore. I have small seal script and one clerical script under my belt, so I should be able to complete a work.

For 2019, I’m making my goal more specific: two works of calligraphy. One by June, and one by December. Ideally I would like to do more, but since my past attempts have yielded none, it’s probably best to start small.

In terms of scripts, my goals are to learn a new standard script, and a running script. Depending on how well those go, I would like to start on a cursive script.

In 2019, I really need to put more effort into Western calligraphy. I need to get to a point where I am as comfortable with a Western calligraphy script as I am with any of my Chinese calligraphy scripts. My goal is to keep on practicing brush Roman Trajan. I also need to work on basic exercises for Copperplate script.

These goals do not seem like much compared to past years, but perhaps I was being too ambitious before. Or maybe I have hit a point in my practice where I know what needs to be done and it’s just a matter of doing it. Do you have any calligraphy goals for 2019?

Getting acquainted with painting

A few months ago I started painting bamboo. Little did I know when I started that it was the first thing to learn to paint, but also the hardest to master. I think I made reasonable progress. But the most important part is that I learned a different way of observing objects and portraying them on paper.

The painting style I’m learning is neither abstract nor realism. I’m not painting in detail, but need to have enough objects and/ or shapes to give the idea of the object I’m painting.I’m not that great at detail drawing, but when I see something, I see all the details and want to at least attempt to reproduce it.

It took awhile for these concepts and ideas sink in. But, I think I have the right idea and was able to apply it to the cat I painted recently.