This is Part One of a two part class demonstration of "Shangri-La." Part 1 covers basic landscape techniques. The fictional land called Shangri-La from the 1933 novel "Lost Horizon" is based on the Tibetan myth of Shambala, a hidden earthly paradise beyond the snowy peaks of the Himalayas. "There is a land full of peace and harmony where an isolated people live...preparing for the day when the world will be ready to live in peace. The kingdom is in the shadow of a white crystal mountain, approachable only through a ring of peaks. Next to the mountain are a lake and a palace. Here the wisdom of humanity is conserved..." On one of his Dream Journeys to China, Ning visited a remote county which lays claim to the name "Shangri-La," located at the intersection of Tibet, Sichuan, and Yunnan provinces. There, one experiences the four seasons all at once--Spring flowers in bloom, lush lily pads surrounding a summer pavilion on the lake, and fall-colored foliage against the backdrop of the "Jade Dragon Snowy Peak." To the brush artist, the utopian landscape is an ideal subject. After all, as Ning says, "You can do whatever you like!"