Kwo Da-Wei, with his book, Chinese Brushwork in Calligraphy and Painting,has come to my aid in learning the use of brush, ink, paper in the Chinese fashion. Though I've taken Chinese brushwork classes, I find Mr. Kwo's one-on-one instruction extremely beneficial as a Westerner to whom Chinese brushwork isn't natural as it is for those schooled early on from childhood. My intention is not to even try to master calligraphy or any of the iconic Chinese art; my intention in studying Mr. Kwo's book is to help me attain more fluidity in my watercolors in particular, and in my art in general. I find the exquisite flow of the ink or paint from my brush exciting and he helps me to understand how to execute the use of the brush in various styles that I can apply to my Western watercolor, to continue that excitement.
Mr. Kwo also gives an historical overview of Chinese brushwork and art for the understanding of the Western student. Like a magician breaking down the mysteries of his craft, he's given me the basics; now with practice, I`ll be able to bring those applications to my work. He covers the fundamentals of brushwork: moisture, pressure, speed, angles and applications of the brush, body movement, even holding the brush. Also, he explains the aesthetic components of form, line, space-consciousness and composition. I'm glad I found Mr. Kwo's very valuable book.