the black tulips 19.11.16
studies for the black tulips 19.11.16
The final variation from the Gift of the Four Treasures – watercolour, pen, brush and ink
The Second Treasure from the Gift of the Four Treasures
In Part One I showed how special and meaningful the gift of the Four Treasures of the Study has been to me. In Part Two I continue to be inspired by this beautiful gift, interpreting yesterday’s Labor Day bouquet with these six variations.
The Third Treasure from the Gift of the Four Treasures
For this variation I ground the different coloured inks on the inkstone for the first time.
The Fourth Treasure from the Gift of the Four Treasures
In this fourth variation I used my traditional water colors together with the brush and ink,
producing a more vibrant and less muted image.
Five, Six and Seven.
Each of the variations began the same way, the brush charged with the freshly ground ink, its distinct aroma hanging in the air, the blank sheet ready and waiting to be brought to life.
Then as each image appeared the brush seemed to take on a life of its own creating arabesques as it danced across the paper. A definite moment of Zen.
The ink stick has been described as a scepter that conveys wishes for happiness and good
fortune, which was certainly felt in the studio this day.
For those of you visiting The Changing Palette for the first time I invite to learn about the history of the Four Treasures of the Study as I have done, which I have described in Part One.
The First Treasure from the Gift of the Four Treasures
Last week I received a beautiful gift from a very special person who has returned home to Vancouver from China to complete her studies. Her surprise gift to me from Beijing could not have been more perfect and timely, as I have fallen in love working again with ink and watercolour as those of you who follow my blog know well.
The gift has also introduced me to a piece of Chinese culture and history with which I was not familiar and which I would like to share with you today: The Four Treasures of the Study, which is the translation of the Chinese characters on the top of the presentation box.When I opened the box here were the Treasures of the Study beautifully displayed: brushes, ink, inkstone and carved paper weights representing paper and used to hold the paper down.
This discription of the Four Treasures, and others to follow, are from the China Online Museum:
As you can imagine I was eager to begin using the Treasures, to grinding the ink and to letting the brushes sing and dance across the paper, and what better way to start than with the bouquet I had picked from the garden and posted on the First of September.
Thank you Charmaine for this beautiful gift, which I will treasure always.
This First Treasure is for you.