How To Choose A Chinese Calligraphy Brush

Inspired by the striking ink characters set on milky rice paper?  The first place to start is by getting yourself a calligraphy brush, one of the four treasures of the study room.  Calligraphy writing and painting are both accomplished with this same crucial tool.  Ink brushes are quite similar across Asian culture, given that Japanese […]

Two Birds One Stone: 一箭雙鵰

Efficiency is certainly a standard most cultures strive for.  The popular saying”killing 2 birds with one stone” also has a Chinese story. During the Northern and Southern Dynasties, 長孫晟 (长孙晟) Zhang Sun Cheng was a well known smart capable leader.   He was particularly famed for his  strong military knowledge and an expertise in archery. […]

It’s 2017 And Robots Perform Chinese Calligraphy

At the recent World Robot Conference in Beijing Aug 23-27, robots showed off their prowess in the arts, writing Chinese calligraphy, sketching portraits, and even playing the piano. Chinese calligraphy generators are already widely available online for digital use, but this next generation offers brush wielding bots that imitate the real thing.  Impressive, though calligraphy […]

Cell Phone Poetry – A Clan Of Lowered Heads

The Chinese have a term for cell phone users: Ditouzhu 低頭族(低头族), or the clan of those with lowered heads.  It encompasses the young and the old, the mobile and the bedridden.  Everyone with a cell phone attached.   Cell phone users are slowly catching on.  On the popular show Shark Tank, 2 guys pitched the […]

World’s First Chinese Calligraphy VR Exhibition

Leave it to the Taiwanese to merge the digital world with the ancient art of Chinese calligraphy!  This summer, the National Palace Museum in Taipei ran the world’s first calligraphy VR (virtual reality) installation in the world. Advent of Virtual Reality Virtual reality, which still seemed a rather virtual form of reality just a few […]

Calligraphy Influence On Western Art

Chinese calligraphy is one of the many art forms that crosses borders and cultures.  Picasso once said, “Had I been born in China, I would have been a calligrapher, not a painter.”  He was likely also alluding to the importance of Chinese calligraphy within Chinese culture. Matisse also used Chinese calligraphy as inspiration. “One of […]