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a day in wordless art

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i need to choose a subject and it must be thought out carefully. several reasons for this. for one thing the folding albums are difficult to acquire. handmade in China they command a higher price tag than I am used to for my traditional Chinese painting and take several months to arrive. after I have a few subjects worthy of a 70 foot painting I must narrow them down. I like the genre subjects and the subjects requiring research because for the viewers who might even be children this art can teach without words and so much can be learned from a painting of this kind. in the genre paintings there can be culture, architecture, agriculture, life styles, etc. that make up the inner painting. okay. I pick a subject. now what, research and models. if possible I take my own photographs to use but the historical events or times actually require ten hours a day BEFORE I can put brush to paper. after I have an idea where I am going I begin. I do not sketch out plans for the 70 ft. . I take two or more leaves that I will work on that day and open them in front of me. I do a quick idea for positioning my subjects. you need to know that in this medium of traditional Chinese free style (sumi in Japanese) there can me no mistakes because Chinese ink which I make myself grinding an inkstick on an inkstone, can not be erased or covered up with heavier ink. after two decades of working in this medium I do not fear mistakes but rather to learn from them even if a 70 ft. book is at stake. now I have the subject, the research, the day's idea for those few leaves. what next? I begin. there are no lines put down with a pencil or charcoal as I want spontaneity. but before inking my brush I must look at the previous leaves, if there are any...this album will be, for the viewer, a book without words that tells a story. they will each create their own story. but I must put it together and have it flow connected from one page to the other. now I am ready. I grind my ink. I gather my thoughts. I meditate in quiet for a few moments. then I ink my brush and it touches the rice paper leaf. the painting has begun.. after ten to fifteen hours my day's work is done and before me lay several pages of the album. complete on their own as a work of art but only a small part of the whole painting. join me again for more about wordless art.
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Perspective and wordless art

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Perspective and wordless art.  Yes. There is another perspective than te tried and true perspective we struggle to learn in the West. 

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Wordless art describes these Asian folding albums where a continuous painting is done and read as a book. Some did have words. Some did not. But the perspective used in them is not the  tried and true perspective Western artists have struggled to learn with a viewer and a vanishing point. It does not work well with folding albums that are telling a story.  Asian perspective is little known to the West. It allows a viewer to move in to different areas of the painting. no longer the viewer looking at one vanishing point. When I began the 70 ' folding albums I became aware that the perspective I had  been taught  was not very effective.  I had to let the viewer travel and see different parts of the painting at the same time. In trying to research this I discovered that , indeed, Eastern artists used a unique and very different perspective than in the West. Curious? More later. 

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I want to explain wordless. it means "no words". there appears to be something called "WORDLES or WORDLES". if I understand it is art made WITH WORDS. I hope that viewers will understand that my large art stories are watercolor/ink paintings with a subject done as one continuous 70 foot picture without words. they do vary in size but all are in an accordian style albums. I have begun publishing the completed ones in magazine form with magcloud. com. as a magazine or book or even a video you , the viewer, can enjoy them by yourself. even museums are having a time with albums of this length. in art history I see that some of the albums were 25 ft. and were done with or without words. but not a WORDLE...
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