Traditional Asian Painting uses brush techniques, watercolor,
rice paper, and silk thread boarders as a matting. Asian
painting in the traditional style was uncomplicated and elegant, yet
difficult art. Asian Painting has been described as “Abstract Minimalist”,
the uses of uncomplicated abstract forms that represent nature but do not
attempt to reproduce a realistic image of nature
Asian painting can be
summarized with two words "brush and ink". Brush and ink painting methods in
Asian painting are the most simple and efficient means to form the abstract
images used in ancient Asian Painting.
“Abstract Minimalist” style of Asian Painting is based on
the beliefs of Tao, Buddhism and Feng Shui. These beliefs hold that every
space has an invisible energy, called Chi. This Chi is affected by a number
of factors, including the placement and types of objects in that space.
According to this practice, Chi must flow steadily through a space (not too
quickly or too slowly) in order for positive events to occur in the
inhabitant's life. Therefore, the type and the placement of the art in your
office or home would be quite important in harnessing this energy to
maximize health, wealth and fortune.
Traditional Asian Paintings are watercolor paintings, painted on rice paper.
When the watercolor paints are applied, the colors are absorbed into the
rice paper. The finished work is then mounted on scrolls. These paintings
are then matted with silk thread borders using the ancient Chinese
techniques. Oil paints are a European invention and were not used in
traditional Asian Painting.
There are several mediums used in Asian Painting including:
silk, scroll paper and rice paper. Over thousands of years a number of
techniques were added to traditional Asian painting, including more
sophisticated perspective to build up a vivid depth effect. A
present skills developed, enriched and innovated based on traditional skills
of using brush and ink.