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Oriental Painting Course: A Practical Guide to Painting Skills and Techniques of China and the Far East Paperback – April 1, 2001


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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill (April 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823033880
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823033881
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 8.7 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,544,520 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 11, 2003
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I bought this book for help in working with color, having already done some ink work with the "four gentlemen." I found it very poor in practical information, and can't imagine how a beginner could learn anything from it. There is very little clear information on even basic brush strokes or on loading the brush, much less on other techniques for color work. Moreover, there is extensive emphasis on the composition aspects of calligraphy and the use of seals, which is most unhelpful for someone who does not know Chinese. The examples include the cursive and seal form of the characters; any attempt to imitate these would make a fool out of anyone who did not know Chinese calligraphy.
The positive aspect of the book were the prints of the authors' work. Some of these were interesting and quite lovely. Unfortunately, I did not want a portfolio; I wanted a "how to" guide.
The only useful alternatives I have found at this point are the two publications by Ning Yeh, which you can order from OAS. I had been hoping for another instructor's point of view. I would say that the authors of Oriental Painting Course are fine artists, but very poor instructors.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By green_bamboo on November 27, 2003
This book could be a good beginner's text for self-teaching on traditional East Asian brush painting popular in China, Korea, and Japan. This book comprises 22 lessons, starting from calligraphy of Chinese characters to a complete landscape with people and animals, with reasonable instructions and beautiful paintings as examples. However, this book emphasizes "xieyi" (free brush painting) rather than "gongbi" (fine brush painting). To those who prefer "gongbi" (as I do), it is somewhat disappointing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By V. Wood on November 1, 2009
This book is exceptional! Not only does it provide a excellent overview of traditional oriental techniques, but shows modern interpretations, by several top contempoary Asian artists. The work of the two authors is simply breathtaking. It is beautifully produced, and offers a visual feast. There are many books which show how to hold an oriental brush - this book invites readers to apply traditional techniques as tools of expression. It is one of my favouite all time books and and I find something new and fresh each time I look at it.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 30, 2003
Wonderful book with explanations of origin and culture - great addition to your art book library - excellent read and techniques!
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