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The Art of Chinese Brush Pen and Ink Stone


By CatherineYen(20,979) CatherineYen

Posted Saturday, October 20, 2007
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The Brush Pen and Ink Stone 
photo taken by Kuo, Tung Tai at Artist-Pai, Feng Chong's studio



"The Art of Chinese Brush Pen, Ink-Stick and Ink-Stone-- The Philosophy of Life"
 
The usage of Chinese brush pen, counted by monthly,

The usage of Chinese ink-stick, by yearly,

Ink-stone, by generations.

The Chinese brush pen, the most sharpened,

The ink-stick, the secondary,

And Ink-stone, the most blunt,

The blunt, the longevity, it's heaven,

The brush pen, moved frequently,

The ink-stick, secondary,

And the ink-stone, most calm and peaceful,

Saying, the calm and peaceful, the longevity.

The frequent motions, leads an early death and suppress,

So, the art of regimen,

The blunt is the body and fundamental,

The calm and peaceful are the bases of daily usage,

As shown above are the very truth why man live long.

Excerpt from Chen, Ji Zu's "XiaoChuan Yu Ji", Chen is the scholar, painter, collector and connoisseur of Ming Dynasty.

Translation by           Catherine Yen

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 "The Ethics and Qualities of Life" --it also applies as one ethic of Chinese paintings

Great wisdom comes back to the naive; the basis of truth refound in simplicity,

Like that of pristine man clothed in grass and leaves.

Simple talk conveys essentials.

From the obscure bring the obvious; give soul to matter.

As bitter winter turns to spring,

Virile power held in restraint,

With mind concentrated and spirit penetrating.




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Comments on this blog post:

Anonymous from Taipei: (224 days 2 hours ago.)
I dropped into your blog accidentally. I felt interested in the concert you mentioned, which was held several monthes ago. I went to YouTube and typed in Tiffany Wu. I watched and listened to the music Tiffany played. She really showed sensitivity and techniques in her playing. However I am concerned about her postures when she plays. She held the violin too high, her shoulder and head have to throw high from time to time. I don't think it's a good way to play violin. It will make her muscles fatigued soon. It's kind of like using her body as a lever. It is a wrong posture. Has she ever gone to Maestro Kek-Tjiang Lim for advice? I don't want to see a budding virtuoso withered because she followed the wrong instruction in the past.

Catherine Yen from Taiwan: (224 days 1 hour ago.)
Thank you very much for the expertise advice, I have forwarded your message to Tiffany, your enthusiasm and kindness are very much appreciated. We like to seek Kek-Tjiang Lim's advice, but if you see my message, can you advise his e-mail, or how to contact him? Thank you so much and wish you have a good day. Catherine


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