OAS Life is a network of how-to instruction on all things related to Chinese brush painting, calligraphy and Sumi-e. Subjects will range from painting flowers, animals, landscapes, calligraphy, marbling, fine line(gong-bi) and so much more! Embark on this delightful journey of passion, joy and art of Oriental brush painting!
It is the perfect place for getting step-by-step painting instructions, inspirational content and lovely story telling filled with wealth of knowledge into Chinese culture, symbolism and Chinese traditions.
The process of Wet Mounting is the traditional process by which Chinese Brush Paintings are finished. It makes the painting flat and ready for framing and, when done properly, can restore the color vibrancy of the painting back to the original intensity when the colors were first applied. In this...
This Virtual Office Hours will focus on Color Use in Chinese Brush Painting.
- What are the different types of color and their advantages and disadvantages?
- How do you prepare colors?
- How do you load the brush?
- How do you blend colors to get that smooth transition of multiple colors in a ...
In this episode we talk all about brushes in Chinese Brush Painting.
- What different kinds of brushes there are (what does hard hair, soft hair, and combination mean anyway?)
- Different brush techniques
- How to tell a good brush from a bad brush
- How to take care of your brushes so that they...
Virtual Office Hours: Chinese Flower Painting Basics
Chinese Flower Painting has one of the largest value propositions of any genre of Chinese painting! Become confident with a few strokes and techniques and a virtually endless world of subjects open up to you. In this session we will discuss:
- Brush, paper, and other materials specific to flower...
We’re very excited to cover these popular, but often mysterious, techniques/art forms! This Virtual Office Hour Event focuses on Suminagashi (Marbling) and Ink Pouring as a way to create unique and spontaneous backgrounds for your Asian Painting.
In this session, we cover the following subjects:...
Thousands of Chinese brush painters has started their journey into the world of Chinese brush painting with Ning Yeh's Chinese Brush Painting: An Instructional Guide. Of course the book itself is self-explanatory but it is always nice to have a "Guide to the Guide" whenever it is available.
Virtual Office Hours: Techniques on Semi-Sized Papers
Semi-sized papers are some of the most alluring and interesting papers in Chinese painting. They are friendly for beginners as well as overflowing with potential for expressing the spontaneous spirit of Chinese painting.
Virtual Office Hours: Color Systems in Chinese Brush Painting
This Virtual Office Hours takes a closer look at options for color in Chinese Painting. Traditional vs. modern, convenient vs. quality, east vs. west - we examine the most popular color systems for Chinese Painting and review the pros and cons of each.
Virtual Office Hours: Painting Spontaneous Style on Sized Paper
Sizing is the process of coating paper with alum to cause the paper to resist moisture. This creates opportunities for different techniques in spontaneous style Chinese painting and can address some common moisture problems experienced by artists new to the style.
The Chinese word for landscape is 山水 (shān shuǐ). Literally translated, it means mountains and water. The allure of Chinese Landscape painting is undeniable but often the complexity of the compositions of master artists can be expansive and intimidating.
We find that a significant number of OAS customers have made their first purchase and are still waiting for that impulse or confidence to start their journey into the world of Chinese Brush Painting.
To serve those folks and anyone else who would appreciate a back-to-basics type of presentation w...
Lotus is an iconic subject in Asian style painting with deeply rooted cultural symbolism and significance. It is a symbol of purity and transcendence as it rises from humble beginning in the muck of a pond to appear above the water in unblemished beauty.