Also, why is it advised to use dry ink instead of bottled ink (liquid)?

I believe that there are slight differences, but nothing a novice would notice. I use both Chinese and Japanese brushes. Bottled ink has more glue in it and so it will tend to clog up the inkstone, but if you use dry ink, it takes over an hour to prepare the ink before you start (they say it calms the spirit to do so). At the school I attend nearly everybody uses bottled ink.


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I’m trying to answer a couple questions, but it seems vague.
Anyone have a simple and generalized answer to:
What was the role of Art in Chinese society before 1279?

"China’s highly developed material culture stretches back as early as the 7th millennium BC, when Neolithic (c. 6500–1600 BC) potters created forms and decorative schemes that would recur throughout the long continuity of Chinese Art. The succeeding Bronze Age art of the Shang (c. 1600–c. 1050 BC) and Zhou (c. 1050–256 BC) periods, mostly in the form of cast bronze vessels and carved jades, developed those early decorative schemes into ritual items and potent motifs and carried the craft of bronze-casting, in particular, to the highest levels of technical sophistication. Even in these early periods, calligraphy, in the form of inscriptions on bronze ritual vessels and on oracle bones, played an integral part in Chinese ritual and art. Calligraphers and painters came into their own with the introduction of brush and ink, using composition, line and brushwork to express the emotions of the human spirit, as well as to record narratives of history and religion. Along with the art of poetry, painting and calligraphy were to become the most highly valued of the arts of China."

"China produced an impressive corpus of writings on the theory of literature, music, calligraphy and painting, and antiquarian studies. There are two major strands in the skein of these writings: a moralizing Confucian one, according to which art serves to communicate a message beneficial to human society; and a Daoist one, according to which the Dao of nature is expressed through the medium of the artist who has prepared himself to transmit it without conscious effort. "

The passages above are copy/pasted from an article found in the database Oxford Art Online. Check out your local college library website for access to this database or open a chat with a librarian near you to investigate further.

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Alright I want to get a consensus of what fellow dog owners like me think about dog food. I have heard many say they dislike any store brand dog food like you would see in Walmart. I was curious Purina One is it good or bad in your opinion and why? or why not? Thank you all in advance–peace Jade

It’s not the crap of the crap but it’s a low quality food. Anything you can find in a grocery store will be poor quality. I have never ever seen one of the high quality brands in a grocery store.

The reason it is low quality is because it is full of corn, by-products, and filler grains. All things you do not want to see in your pet food.

Dog foods to avoid: Purina, Iams, Eukanuba, Science Diet, Royal Canin, and anything else you can find in a grocery store.

Foods to look for: Innova, Wellness, Solid Gold, Canidae, Blue Wilderness (put out by Blue Buffalo).

Read up!: (Learn how to tell the quality of your dog food) (Dog food reviews, you want a food with five or six stars.)


First Spring by Yang Fudong

On November 29, 2011, in Chinese Art, by admin

‘First Spring’, A contemporary Film by Chinese Art Star Yang Fudong for Prada.


Geng Li
Ji Lili
Zhao Lei
Gao Xiu Li
Jacob Coupe
Adrian Sahores

Duration : 0:9:18

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When it comes search engines, google is still the king, and they are doing everything they can to maintain their lead,   in the name of providing more relevant search results for it’s users, on official google blog it is estimated 11.8% search results will be affected by this update, put it this way, google thinks about 12% of it’s search results are really bad and need to manipulated. Google started this change almost one year ago, no wonder I saw a few of my keywords’ ranks dropped like a rock, but almost all the ranks promoted by articles and blog posts were not affected, and a few of them even gained a few positions, it’s obvious that link building the old way is the thing of past, probably due to links crammed sites being tossed out by google.

What is old way of link building any way? There are a lot of SEO company out there are doing this, they add your links to those linking websites without context, these websites will only be updated when new links are being added, almost all of them are garbage, the name link spamming are just for these sites. New google algorithm most likely will punish these link spammers,  the links on those spamming sites won’t work anymore.  

Maybe a few examples will make it clear. It was quite some time ago, I started with this keyword, Reflective Collar, it was old way of link building all the way, lately I figured that every site in the campaign had way too many links, and those sites had only links, no real content at all. In the beginning, the ranking of the keyword in question rise pretty fast, finally the rank improved a lot, this was the case until google made the change. Now let’s look at another keyword, chain puller , we put the link in relevant context, not too many plain links have been built, you can imagine how this keyword ranks. Old and outdated linking campaign lost to content linking, what’s next? Actually this is all about content, as long as you dole out high quality content, you will attract readers as well as search engines. You probably think there are already too many blogs out there, it’s not true, there will never be too many good blogs, for instance let’s examine this one, best smartphone , I didn’t put too much effort into it from start, but I never stopped posting, you probably think this site won’t rank a all, in reality this site is doing pretty well for more than a few search terms. As far as SEO concerned, quality blog marketing is much better than plain link building. If you can build a group of your own blogs, such as Cluster Hook R T J, then you will have a powerful weapon in your SEO arsenal.

Remember content is king, you just need to create content, share the content with people, in the mean time advertise your business with your content, this strategy will prevail in short or long term. The virtues, persistence and patience, are essential for your success, long term strategy is required to improve anything of significance, i.e., selling online or improve your search rankings, keep writing, publishing, sharing and creating, you will see the day of success. When publisinh articles, I prefer ezine, a new article will be indexed and cached in less than an hour, of course your posts on some blogs will be indexed real fast as well, let look at some aticles or posts which are published and indexed, have a taste of this one, cold shuts, quality content, nice presentation, indexed by google, all these points make it perfect for SEO.

Last but not least, the social media is the must have channel for your marketing effort. The Twitter tools is a wordpress plugin, you can install it, then go ahead register a new twitter account and app, configure your twitter tools prpperly, then every new post on your blog will show up in your twitter page, it’s simple and elegant, if you don’t use this tool it’s just too bad.

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ALTERED STATES: Art of Zhang Huan 张洹

On November 26, 2011, in Chinese Art, by admin

Inside the studio and creative mind of Zhang Huan, one of the most recognized Chinese Artists working in both the US and China. His latest exhibition at the Asia Society includes performance works, photographs, and sculpture.

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Do You Do Traditional Chinese Calligraphy?

On November 23, 2011, in Chinese Art, by admin

Is there anybody out there who does Chinese Painting and Calligraphy.
I run a profitless site traditional chinese calligraphy . com and I am looking for people to teach or show me their aork. I wish to learn. But it sems to the English there are so few people who can help.
I wonder if you can. I run the forum and Galery but I cannot find people who do this art form.

I was in Covent Garden craft market last weekend and there were a couple of chinese calligraphers at work there, maybe it’s worth trying to find them and ask if they are able to teach.


I am a total beginner but would love to learn that style. Thanks

You might try some of these sites online:

North Light Book


i am an italian student and i’m writing my Thesis about contemporary Chinese Art… expecially in Beijing….i need some English or American books because in Italy doesen’t exist!!!!!!!

No, Sorry