Sunday, December 30, 2007

Garden's Dance

Garden's Dance © 2007
17.5'' x 27.5'' Watercolor


I have been in Xmas Holiday mode for these past days due to entertaining our guests in and out, it took a lot of time away from my painting and doing the blog. I love to put Spring Dance on today before being busy again for New Year's Eve!

Monday, December 17, 2007

Carefree Joy

Carefree Joy © 2007
17.5" x 27.5'' Watercolor

I have been painting all detailed work for more than eight hours today. It has made my wrist very tired now. I would like to put these three happy birds on before I take a rest for tonight. Enjoy!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

On a Summer Morning

On a Summer Morning © 2007
17.5" x 27.5'' Watercolor

We had a Nor' easter today! Tons of snow. It's very beautiful but cold. I picked out this summer painting to make life warmer. Enjoy!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Deep in Mountains

Deep in Mountains © 2007
17.5" x 27.5'' Watercolor

Chinese painting is done on rice paper which is just like a paper towel, it will have so many wrinkles after hundreds of brush strokes were done on it. I have to do a special effort before getting a good wrinkle free painting. Hope you like this piece----Deep in Mountains.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

The Journey Begins!

At the Pavilion by the River © 2007
17.5" x 27.5'' Watercolor

Hello, I am Jinghua Gao Dalia, a watercolorist who specializes in Chinese brush painting. My new blog is titled, "Brush Magic," which I hope will give you some sense of the magic within my artistic world. I have been cultivating my art work for over three decades.

I use traditional Chinese brush painting techniques to paint landscapes, birds and flowers, and figures in either detail or free style. My watercolor paintings move between classic and contemporary Chinese concepts. I am also interested in the use of color from a Western perspective. Further, I freely incorporate Western concepts of composition, light, shadow, perspective, and color to explore space and to develop bolder compositions.

Each of my paintings exists as a poetic expression of the interaction between space and form. My subjects are those of traditional Chinese nature painting and the balance between the fundamental forces of Yin (female, passive, dark, mystical) and Yang (male, active, light, rational). I see Nature in this traditional sense, not as a “still life,” but in its most profound relationship to humankind as the sustainer of life and the source of life’s deepest meaning.