MASTER WU SHOU GAO

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The Scent of Wisteria flower in April – A note of my enlightened Chinese painting Master Wu Shou Gao

Author: Katie Zheng

Master Wu Shou Gao was my old neighbour. His old residence was just a few minutes walk from mine.  I used to go to his art studio to study Chinese traditional painting after school. I remember his residence has a big courtyard, in there we could find a variety of fruits and vegetables and domestic animals such as geese. When I climbed up the wooden stairs to level three, I could find myself in an oriental art studio. Famous Chinese art work hanging on the walls, a big dark wooden desk laying in the middle of room, accompanying most of the space in the room, over the table,  I could often find 2 pots of orchid flowers. Sometimes, I could also find some wide flower samples which were bought  back from an outdoor sketch.. I remember at least once, in order to have a close observation of Wisteria flowers, Master Wu specially arranged a branch of fresh Wisteria flowers to be displayed on the table for the lesson that day.  I was so happy when I first saw these beautiful flowers. They were light purple, when the flowers left from their branches,  they were falling down  just like purple snow, and the whole studio was floating with a fresh gentle scent…the beautiful scene has always been kept in my memory.

Master Wu is highly regarded and renowned for Chinese brushwork painting in my city and also in China. He is a member of the China Artists Association.  His work involves both essential Chinese painting techniques which are ‘Gong – Bi’ (means highly detailed brushwork that delimits details very precisely) and ‘Xie Yi’ (means freehand style).

These two techniques are not so easy to bridge in order to achieve refreshing and yet classical impression.  Some of his work was selected by the Wenzhou Cival government office as official presents for official oversea visits.

Master Wu is a friendly and generous teacher. He has always encouraged me to study Chinese traditional art and has provided me with his invaluable lesson free of charge. I appreciated this and enjoyed his lesson. It is near to April again,  I am starting to miss my hometown and seasons of flower Wisteria. I guess the Wisteria flower is about to blossom soon and I wonder if Master Wu is in good health.

四月紫藤凝香— 我的国画启蒙老师吴绶镐老师

作者:郑丽勤

吴绶镐老师是我以前的老邻居。曾经他家离我家很近,我经常去他家学习国画。记得他家楼下有个大院子,里面种了很多瓜果蔬菜,也养了几只鹅,很有生活逸趣。顺着木质楼梯上到三楼,便是一个古色古香的画室。画室的墙上挂着一些名人字画,画室中央摆放着一个大大的书桌,桌案上有两盆君子兰和惠兰,偶尔也会有一些户外写生带回来的花草。记得有一次,为了让我近距离临摹写生紫藤,先生特意在桌案上添了一簇约半米长的紫䕨。藤蔓上一串串紫红色的花朵垂坠,仿佛紫色的雪花,婀娜多姿。偶尔有花辨飘落在书桌上,那淡淡的紫色,总能令人遐想。

 

吴先生是我们温州地区数一数二的国画家,中国美术家协会会员。他的工笔花鸟作品清新古朴、气䪨生动。曾多次入选温州市政府的外事的礼品,深得收藏家的喜爱。吴先生本人倒是一个很和气的人,睿智淡泊。他在国画界颇有声望,作为学生的我更是蒙受他的悉心教导。他总是鼓励我多多去欣赏名家的作品,博采众长。若不是因留学定居海外而耽搁了学画,现在我可能也有了自己像样的作品了。又到了春暖花开的四月,老家温州的紫藤花正含苞欲放,吴先生是否安好?