Profound Magnetism/ink and color painting
I tell my students that they should paint whatever they want to paint as long as they can convey their ideas. Occasionally, when I’m feeling relaxed and at ease, I’ll start coloring a sketch of any old thing, and then transform it into a living landscape of mountains and streams. This kind of doodling gives me a great amount of happiness, and I think many other painters have also had this experience.
I believe that the essence of a painting is the expression of the painter’s inner world, and is not just replication of some stereotyped landscape.
As far as “texturing methods” are concerned, use of the “scattered hemp,” “unlocking,” “axe stroke,” and “raindrop” methods that I learned from my teacher in days past is completely unknown in Taiwan. Taiwan’s mountains are almost completely covered in vegetation, so “towel texturing” is quite adequate to convey the grass blowing in the wind on Taiwan’s lush mountains. As for the “scattered hemp,” “axe stroke,” and “raindrop” methods, these techniques are really only suitable for China’s bare mountains and precipitous streams. Since we don’t see these things here, we use different methods in paintings. In my viewpoint, trying to replicate the techniques used in Chinese landscape painting is unimaginative and uninteresting.@