Richard Man’s Calligraphy and Photography

December 2, 2008

Dancing Ink

Filed under: Chinese calligraphy — Tags: , — richard @ 7:55 am


Chinese calligraphy is about personal expression, especially when you are doing the cursive script. Before the brush hits the paper, in my mind’s eye, I visualize how the words may flow. However, as soon as the tip of the brush touches the paper, my spirit and energy (what Chinese call the Shen and the Qi) come out and… the ink dance on the paper.

This particular word is in fact “dance,” with a spiral trailing around. It took less than 5 seconds to write. When I was drawing near the end, I felt the energy should stop, as if a dragon flinging its tail and making a snap sound. Previsualize to some degrees but highly spontaneous in execution.



  1. This was the one I saw in person, right? The most difficult calligraphy & painting is the ones that are seemingly easy and flowy. Beautiful!

    Comment by mochihead — December 2, 2008 @ 8:22 am

  2. Thank you!

    Comment by imagecraft — December 4, 2008 @ 11:43 am

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