Thanksgiving holiday is around the corner; that said, Christmas also is coming in a few weeks. In the past, I usually self-printed letterpress holiday cards for my friends, but I want to create something different from a letterpress card this year. I'm also wondering how do I convert my Chinese brush printing on lino block so I can print with my C& P Pilot letterpress. It will take me a while to figure it out.
I have been practicing this Chinese brush Christmas painting many times before I'm comfortable to shoot the video above. I make sure the composition is right and captured the pine needle's correct essence, and the pine cone looks good. In the beginning, I had a hard time painting the nature of the branches, then the more I practiced, the more I can see the essence of it. In other words, practice is the key to Chinese Painting and Chinese Calligraphy.
I found practicing Chinese Painting, and Chinese Calligraphy required a lot of patience. At some point, I felt it's a therapeutic process, and it's relaxed my mind.
When practicing Chinese Calligraphy, my Chinese painting instructor said we shouldn't have noise to interfere with our minds, so it's better not to have TV or even music playing in the background. But I love listening to music while practicing Chinese painting and Chinese Calligraphy. Listening to music while practicing painting and calligraphy would extend my focus and patience span for a few more hours, and that's part of the routine of my weekend afternoons.