What are the benefits of Chinese painting and calligraphy?
I am not sure what you mean when saying “benefits” of Chinese paintings and calligraphy, unless you are acquainted with Chinese art and traditions, and actually understand its meaning. I am a fan of this kind of things, and my office is full of framed art prints, including with Chinese paintings. Yet, I am not sure about its true meaning, I’m rather interested in how they fit into the decor. Now that you made me think more about it, I am not even sure if those writings are in Chinese or Japanese. My designer told me, but I forgot, as I don’t find it very important. Hope this answers your question.
Both require intense focus and concentration. Chinese painting is easy to learn, but difficult to master. Every stroke in Chinese painting requires focus, which is how it stabilises your mood. If I am angry or anxious, I am unable to do Chinese painting. It’s the same with calligraphy. But it also means that if you’re having troubles, you would be forced to forget them. By the time you are done, you feel a great sense of achievement and happiness from seeing your finished work. Besides stabilising your mood, how else do Chinese painting and calligraphy improve your quality of life? You start to be extremely sensitive to colours, beauty and nature. You begin to take in the beauty of nature with every one of your senses. You start to observe the graduated hues of the orchid, the robust texture of a ripe plum, and imagine how you can translate that to ink. With calligraphy, you begin to appreciate the beautiful meanings behind the poetry verses you write. These two art forms nurture your