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20. Workshop - Chinese Calligraphy and Botanical Painting

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Detail of Ohio Spiderwort, Tradescantia ohiensis, ©Heeyoung Kim
Ever been amazed by Chinese calligraphy brush strokes?  Wouldn't it be nice when you can be that much confident with your brush?
During this very snowy winter, I tried some calligraphy, which is in my blood thanks to have master calligraphers as a father and a grandfather. As I know my brush handling skill comes from my calligraphy technique, I came up with the idea of having a workshop with this topic. 
Chinese calligraphy is all about brush handling. It looks very intimidating, but the basic is simple,  believe or not. I trust everyone can learn just enough techniques to try for botanical painting. 
I am very excited with this totally new topic. 

Paintings & Stories: 19. Brighten up your snow day, Chicagoans!

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Royal Catchfly, Silene regia, ©Heeyoung Kim Collection of Emily & Jason Ciaglo

"Red is rare on the prairie, and the Royal Catchfly wears its crimson blossoms well. It is a dangerous beauty for climbing insects unfortunate enough to be caught in the sticky hairs that line the base of the flower, but its nectar is a favorite treat of butterflies and hummingbirds. ........." (Quote from an article  http://news.medill.northwestern.edu/chicago/news.aspx?id=155451 on Feb, 2010.) 


ASBA exhibition Losing Paradise? Endangered Plant Here and Around the World at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, 2010

Losing Paradise was shown as part of Plants in Peril exhibition  at Shirley Sherwood Gallery at KEW, London, 2011
Red flowers make us happy! Well, not only us, humans, but also butterflies and humming birds! 
This winter in Chicago and broader area, we have extraordinary amount of snow. Long icy and snowy spell has made me feel not so happy. So I dug up this old image, ho…