Background - Techniques
Where you see the colour black in this work the artist has used ink. This
was made from pine soot and resin, and used in stick form. The ink is
wetted and ground on an inkstone (usually slate); it is then applied to
the paper with an upright or angled brush. By varying the pressure of
the brush, the artist creates finer or thicker lines. Notice how spontaneous
and free the lines are which mark out the drapery.
Calligraphy & seal:
The calligraphy is also executed using ink and a brush, whereas the red
seal has been made using a red sticky paste. The seal usually communicates
the name of the artist and is made using a sealstone often carved from
jade or soapstone.
You can see that the paper has been mounted on silk and the whole is conceived
in scroll form. This is very common in Chinese art – framing is only a