With a complete education in the Chinese language and literature, celebrated all sorts of Chinese traditional festivals, I thought I knew the culture of my heritage very well. But lately, I discovered my understanding of that cultures was just the surface. I begun to research about Chinese culture that has thousands years of history as a way of connecting to my heritage, which unexpectedly inspires me to create paintings as a way of appreciating the ancient Chinese culture. I hope these paintings could add value to your understanding of Chinese culture, and perhaps, offering you new perspectives.
In these new works , I’m intending to make my oil paintings look like traditional Chinese art, especially the Gongbi technique (Chinese fine line realism painting). I started my painting with several acrylic washes to toned down the background before transferring drawing on top. I’ll use small brush with Chinese Ink (from grinding ink stick in water on ink stone) to outline the drawing, usually the landscape behind the female figure who is the center of the painting. Following by are are multiple layers of translucent oil paints to build up the delicate detail while keeping the surface eggshell smooth.