After reading my blog post about the creation of my painting “Wolf Howls at Sundown”, Tereza Mitry was inspired to try her own version, using my composition as her model.
Terry is new to Chinese brush painting and no teachers are available in Egypt where she lives, so she is intuiting her way into a new art technique with the help of the Facebook community and Youtube videos. I am very impressed at how good her eye is and how skilled she is already at handling the rice paper. This is her first big landscape and she is leaping hurdles that would make many students blanch. Her strokes are confident and her waterfall is excellent. Here are the tips I gave her when she asked me for my feedback:
Tip 3: The Mustard Seed Garden Manual of Painting is an extraordinary resource. I recommend the Princeton Bollingen edition translated by Mai-Mai Sze. Just remember that the illustrations were originally created for woodblock printing and so you will not see subtleties of gradation (in other words, no greys!). Rocks and mountains will indeed have black contours, but the important difference is that they were painted by calligraphers so the strokes vary in thickness and have the power of calligraphy behind them.