I have spent my life trying to learn to read and write fluent Chinese. No matter how much I study the Chinese language, I sometimes find that after a while one Chinese character may still look like another.
It’s All Chinese by Anita Louise Hummel is an original oil painting inspired by my time trying to learn to read, write and speak the fluent Chinese. I have always been fascinated by Chinese characters and how they can almost be considered an art form.
The Inspiration – It’s All Chinese, By Anita Louise Hummel
I first started to learn Chinese in 1981. Since that time, I have struggled to really learn the Chinese language but have always been fascinated by how the Chinese characters are an art form. I feel that learning Chinese requires a lifetime of study.
Anyone who has studied Chinese calligraphy or writing knows that the stroke order of how the actual characters are formed is significant. When you learn to write Chinese characters, you need to understand the order of each stroke and why.
This is why I consider Chinese characters as an art form. Many of the characters have symbols in them that refer to what the character is actually about and how you write the characters matter as much as the characters themselves.
When I painted It’s All Chinese, I thought about the many times in my Chinese writing classes that I would look at a character and wonder what it was. I knew it looked familiar, and I had seen it before, but was not 100% sure.
Many times I feel like the Chinese characters I was learning all looked the same. And it is because many Chinese characters can look the same or be very similar that i painted It’s All Chinese to look like a Chinese character without it actually being one.
About The Painting – It’s All Chinese, By Anita Louise Hummel
Like a lot of my paintings, this painting consists of very few colors. I did this on purpose as I felt blending tones of colors was important.
Here are some points about the It’s All Chinese painting:
- Chinese Characters – The Chinese character I used in my painting are not real Chinese character but a mix of several characters. I purposely did not want them to be real but just to seem like a Chinese character
- Indigo – I love Indigo blue. It is one of my favorite colors to paint with. I used a lot of indigo with thiis painting and then mixed indigo with other colors as the white to give the indigo a lot of different tones of blue.
- White Tones – I used several types and kinds of white tones in this painting. I did not want to use just one kind of white but found it worked best when I used several types and kinds of white colors.
You can purchase the print of It’s All Chinese painting from Fine Art America. Fine art America will allow you to purchase this as a printed frame with a matt and frame or canvas print. They offer a nice range of frame types, matt colors, and print sizes.
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Pirates Of The Gobi, By Anita Louise Hummel (2020)
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From Ulaanbaatar, By Anita Louise Hummel, Painting of A Nomadic Woman (2020)
I traveled to Mongolia and decided that I needed to paint a Mongolian woman. My painting entitled From Ulaanbaatar is a result of this trip.
From Ulaanbaatar is an oil painting by Anita Louise Hummel. The painting shows a nomadic woman dressed in traditional clothes. The painting uses bright colors and gold leaf for the earrings.
You can learn more by reading From Ulaanbaatar, By Anita Louise Hummel, Painting of A Nomadic Woman by clicking here.