Zhangjiajie (張家界), a city in the northwest of China’s Hunan (湖南) province, is home to the famous Wulingyuan (武陵源) Scenic Area. This expansive protected zone encompasses thousands of jagged quartzite sandstone columns, many of which rise over 200m, as well as caves filled with stalactites and stalagmites. Wulingyuan also encompasses forests, rivers, waterfalls and two large natural land bridges, and shelters endangered plant and animal species.
Mr Ip Chit Hoo (葉哲豪老師) painted 12 scenes of Zhangjiajie in 1989 (己巳), with three paintings for each of the four seasons. Each season has its own particular colours. The dimensions of each painting is 44.5 x 30 cm, ink and watercolour on paper.
To view all the 12 paintings in the album, please visit the webpage :
Taught in English to all skill levels (beginners welcome). The tutor will demonstrate the use of soluble Chinese ink and watercolour on rice paper and various painting techniques. The course will include appreciation of masterpieces of Chinese landscape paintings in museums. Backing of rice paper and mounting the work into a frame will be demonstrated. There will be painting of the local natural environment. Some basic materials provided.
I wish to further illustrate Chinese blue green landscape painting (青綠山水) with a masterpiece by Zhang Daquian (張大千) (1899 – 1983). His ‘splashed ink’ technique (pomo) (撥墨) is world famous. Panorama of Mount Lu (1981) is a powerful impressionistic work combining traditional brushstrokes (t’sun 皴 of the rocks and detailed drawing of the pine trees) with blue and green pomo. This masterpiece bestows the readers an imaginary and mysterious mood.
Mr Ip Chit Hoo (葉哲豪老師) is my fine art teacher since 1960s . Mr Ip generously and unreservedly passed on his vast knowledge of shan shui painting to me. He celebrated his 97th Birthday in Hong Kong three weeks ago.