‘Formal Brush Writing’ exercises

I started practicing exercises from Tom Kemp’s book ‘Formal Brush Writing’. I use the same ink and practice paper I use for Chinese calligraphy. The only difference is the flat brush. I hold the brush the same way I hold a brush for Chinese calligraphy. The first three exercises are straight line, forming a long triangle, and making a circle.

I really like forming the circles. It’s pretty fun rotating the brush. It’s a stroke that’s really novel to me, and almost seems rule-breaking to do it. It’s a very cool shape to be able to form with the brush movement.

I do wonder how much of these techniques I can apply elsewhere. It probably would not be used for Chinese calligraphy, but it might result in some interesting shapes for abstract painting.


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