See 50 Chinese brush paintings powered by expressive lines and gestural movement embodied in plants and animals are on exhibit at Reston Community Center Hunters Woods through January 4.
Tracie Griffith Tso painted her first bamboo brushstrokes as a child at a brush painter’s studio in California. She specializes in traditional spontaneous flower-bird painting. The award-winning artist developed her style on paper with a teacher schooled by a Hong Kong master. She learned to throw pots at age 12 at a neighborhood art center, a skill which, when combined with painting, produces functional clay art.
Her work reflects complete compositions from an artist’s vision. She paints without sketching, so no two pieces are alike. She specializes in the freestyle drawing of animals as she enjoys reflecting emotion and movement in body language. Her subjects include koi, rabbits, squirrels, siamese cats, birds, horses, frogs and more.
Griffith Tso is the Chinese brush painting instructor at the Reston Community Center. A Torpedo Factory Art Center Associate Artist, she sells her pottery and prints at the the Torpedo Factory’s Scope Gallery in Alexandria, Va. She is a member of the Kiln Club and Ceramic Guild. She lives in North Reston with her husband and workshop rabbit and muse, Cleo.
The artist uses traditional ink on rice paper to create her Chinese paintings. Images are created from a series of disciplined strokes with bamboo-handled, wolf-hair brushes. An unforgivable medium, the ink-rice paper combination is permanent and is applied with exact precision. Black ink has a base of pine soot and the paper is composed of rice stalks o other organic materials. Special natural pigments are used for the coloring.
Painted images are mounted to flatten the think paper and set the image. A painting is wet completely with water and adhesive is applied to its back. Paper is adhered as baking and the painting dries. Paintings are signed by the artist in calligraphy and with red name seals called chops. A collection of signed, limited-edition giclee prints are also available.