An abortive Chinese enlightenment The Cultural Revolution by Lin, Weiran

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To avoid blotting, the brush must be kept in constant motion. Varied speed combined with the flow of ink produces visual effects. Moving too fast produces a hasty line; the strokes will not look solid enough. When the brush is moving too slowly, the line will show signs of hesitation; the strokes may also run or bleed. In general, a wet brush should move more quickly and a dry brush more slowly to give the right amount of tone to the stroke. Also, speed up on straight lines and slow down on curves and at corners.

A horizontal line, for example, both starts and ends with the brush movement of the dot, and so does the beginning of a vertical line. Furthermore, although they are usually small in a character, dots play the role of adding vitality to the character as the eyes add spirit to a person. The dot in Chinese calligraphy can be formed in many different shapes. One notable common feature is that they are never circular, as a dot is in English. 3. 3 (a) the line in the center of the stroke shows the direction of force applied in writing.

33 c h i ne s e w r i t i ng a nd ca l l i g ra phy finger should assist the fourth finger naturally but should not touch the brush, the palm, or the paper when writing. 3. Both of your forearms should be kept level with your elbows on the table, to help with brush control. Do not drop your elbow down from the edge of the table. 4. For maximum f lexibility, all muscles directly involved in writing should be relaxed—this includes your fingers, wrists, arms, and shoulders. Be careful not to tense your neck either.

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