We Are Siamese If You Please

Finally, after four classes from “I can’t draw” art class offered by Carnegie Museum of Art, I drew a picture that was satisfying, both for the picture itself and my pet

The course is compact with five sessions emphasizing on contour drawing, gesture drawing, pespective, value and figure drawing. It is fun, especially when what you draw is NOT what you do to make a living; thus even mistakes can be taken as light as the vine charcoal.

Having been taken photos for the past few years, it was quite different experience when pictures are created not through camera lens. For me, taking pictures is like finding Eden. As what Thomas Cole once said, the wall that shuts us out of the garden is our ignorance and folly, thus photographing is a process of sifting uncessary for the pure and beauty. Drawing is opposite: nothing is there on the white paper. If Eden can be found through the lens, then drawing lifts the person to the state of almighty whose power creates the paradise.

More classes can be found here.

About Hui

Wang Hui lived from 1632 - 1717 and followed in the footprints of his great grandfathers, grandfather, father and uncles and learned painting at a very early age. He was later taught by two contemporary masters, Zhang Ke and Wang Shimin, who taught him to work in the tradition of copying famous Chinese paintings. This is most likely the reason why critics claim that his work is conservative and reflects the Yuan and Song traditions. One critic claimed that "his landscape paintings reflect his nostalgic attachment to classical Chinese aesthetics. Along with the other Wangs, Wang Hui helped to perpetuate the tradition of copying the ancient masters rather than creating original work.

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