The Spirit of the Brush

The Spirit of the Brush by Sungsook Hong Setton

Chinese Brush Painting Techniques: Simplicity, Spirit, and Personal Journey

Format: Paperback / softback, 128 Pages
ISBN: 9781631592904
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Sungsook Setton learned ink painting techniques from Chinese and Korean masters in her native South Korea; now she brings them to you in The Spirit of the Brush.

Chinese ink painting is one of the oldest continually practiced art forms in the world. First appearing in China in the fifth century, it soon traveled to Korea, and then to Japan. As old and deeply rooted in East Asian aesthetics and meditation as it is, ink painting is credited with influencing the development of modern Western art. Its minimalist approach to painting continues to have enormous appeal.

Author, artist, and teacher, Sungsook Setton is now bringing her years of experience to you with The Spirit of the Brush. You will learn traditional disciplines for holding and using the brush, as well as how to turn these techniques into inner meditation which will help your own world; city views, music, and the essence of contemporary life.

Sungsook Setton is a Korean-American artist and calligrapher. In addition to her training in brush painting and calligraphy under Chinese and Korean masters, she has also studied Western art in Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States, obtaining her BA in studio art at Stony Brook University in New York and an MFA in interdisciplinary art at Goddard College in Vermont. Setton's work has been widely exhibited in Canada, the UK, Taiwan, Korea, and the United States. She has received two dozen awards for her work, including twice winning Best of Show at the National Juried Exhibition by the Sumi-e Society of America. In 2010, she represented the U.S. at the Third International Biennial of Modern Ink Painting in Taipei. She serves on the faculty of Westchester Community College, the China Institute, and the Art League of Long Island.

Format: Paperback / softback, 128 Pages
ISBN: 9781631592904
Illustrations: 200 color photos
Size: 8.5 in x 11 in / 215.9 mm x 279.4 mm
Introduction: Letting the Brush Lead
Spirit : In Search of Qi
Tools and Materials
            Preparing the ink
            Holding the brush
            Loading the brush
            First Exercises: basic use of the brush
             The Four Noble Plants: orchid, bamboo, plum, and chrysanthemum
            Landscape Painting: trees, foliage, rocks, mountains, rivers and waterfall
              Willow tree
              Forsythia with bird
            Pond with ducks
Avalon garden: Echinacea and dragonflies
            Palm and banana trees
            West Meadow Beach
            Silver birch tree
Maple tree
            Snow-covered pine needles
            Central Park
            Misty, stormy, windy day
Painting music
Mounting and Seals