Xieyi (寫意) is a new freehand dynamic, Chinese traditional painting style, which emerged during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), promoted by rebel artists who wanted to liberate themselves from the rigid canons of the gongbi style and were looking for total freedom of expression in using ink and brushes, painting on a very absorbent rice paper.
Because of high absorbency these paintings need to be painted rapidly, in a dynamic powerful way, holding the breath during each stroke, while concentrated energy from a fully controlled body is released through the hand to the surface of paper.
There are no contour lines, mostly shapes, patches of ink, rich in shades of well controlled ink tones.
Every time the brush touches paper, must leave a mark of necessity, energy and beauty.
A good, strong, balanced composition proves that “less is more.”
A painting is finished only when nothing can be taken away and nothing can be added.
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