Welcome

Welcome to the Chinese Brush Painting  online class with Henry Li!  This is a private art classroom of monthly video lessons. With paid membership you will receive personal critiques on your assigned practices and join private discussion groups on general topics, workshops and exhibitions. You will also enjoy the  online gallery, community blogs and live chat activities with inspiring CBP artists from around the world.

Lesson of the Month

Lesson 53 Poinsettias and French Elpes

Lesson 53 Poinsettias and French Elps

This live workshop was recorded in France last Christmas(2016) with 20 students from all over Europe. It was a very heartwarming experience and we would like to share with everybody in our Chinese brush painting community. You will learn how to paint poinsettias and a snowy French Elps with step-by-step demonstrations in both English and French. You might have wondered, can we paint such Western plant and scenery in CBP? Oui, trop facile. S'il vous plaît me suivre(Yes, too easy. Please follow me). 

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Ritu Khanna posted a blog post

Being Is Beauty

In the arms of beauty it is, that truth is realized. Being is beauty! The search for beauty and…See More
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Ritu Khanna replied to Ozara aka SOL's discussion Ozara's Lesson 23 practise in the group Lesson 23 Magnolia
"Ozawa that makes complete sense....I read it as an offering from the divine to the human heart:).…"
Saturday
Ozara aka SOL replied to Ozara aka SOL's discussion Ozara's Lesson 23 practise in the group Lesson 23 Magnolia
"Ritu I like your version of the poem and it makes sense, thank you very much !  to try…"
Friday
Ozara aka SOL replied to Ozara aka SOL's discussion Ozara's Lesson 23 practise in the group Lesson 23 Magnolia
"Linda, thank you moonsister, thought you like it..."
Friday
Ritu Khanna replied to Ozara aka SOL's discussion Ozara's Lesson 23 practise in the group Lesson 23 Magnolia
"Ozara what a beautiful poem....you know what poems do to me...let's try another version- Each…"
Friday
Ritu Khanna replied to Ritu Khanna's discussion Ritu's Lesson 16 in the group Lesson 16 Basic Elements of Chinese Landscape Painting
"Linda many thanks.... picky feedback very welcome:). This encircling and sharp black line in the…"
Friday
Ritu Khanna replied to Ritu Khanna's discussion Ritu's Lesson 16 in the group Lesson 16 Basic Elements of Chinese Landscape Painting
"Ozara, many thanks. This first painting is giving lot of trouble...it's not coming together…"
Friday
Linda An, aka CIAO replied to Wynne Keller's discussion Wynne's Paintings in the group Discussion Groups
"Wonderful Wynne–congratualations!"
Thursday
Linda An, aka CIAO replied to Ozara aka SOL's discussion Ozara's Lesson 23 practise in the group Lesson 23 Magnolia
"I lvoe your poem Ozara an it will fit the paintign beautifully!"
Thursday
Linda An, aka CIAO replied to Ritu Khanna's discussion Ritu's Lesson 16 in the group Lesson 16 Basic Elements of Chinese Landscape Painting
"Ritu, Nice practicws. I agree with Ozara about the first. The willow painting is lovely and the…"
Thursday
Ozara aka SOL replied to Ritu Khanna's discussion Ritu's Lesson 16 in the group Lesson 16 Basic Elements of Chinese Landscape Painting
"Ritu, I like a lot your willow painting, your branches are longer and confident giving personality…"
Thursday
Ozara aka SOL commented on Gregg Baldwin's photo
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"I agree Ritu, I like the emptiness between them.. wonderful scroll Gregg ! hope you can find a…"
Thursday
Ozara aka SOL replied to Ozara aka SOL's discussion Ozara's Lesson 23 practise in the group Lesson 23 Magnolia
"  Henry, would you please give your feedback and critique on my 4 last magnolia paintings ? On…"
Thursday
Ozara aka SOL commented on Henry Li aka HEART's photo
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Open sky leaves birds to glide

"Glad to see you back Henry, love this painting reflecting great softness and mystery of the…"
Thursday
Ozara aka SOL replied to Wynne Keller's discussion Wynne's Paintings in the group Discussion Groups
"Wynne, great to know which ones of your paintings have been chosen, congratulations !"
Thursday
Ritu Khanna commented on Gregg Baldwin's photo
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"Hey. This painting on a scroll... Looks like the meeting of two worlds:)."
Thursday
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I moved to the country with slow/no internet service, so I have been out of the loop for awhile. I…
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Olga Timofeyeva joined Henry Li aka HEART's group
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Lesson 1: Introduction, Orchid, Chicks and Herons

Lesson 1: Introduction, Materials, Painting Orchids, Baby Chicks and Blue Herons.*If you visit this…See More
Wednesday
Wynne Keller replied to Wynne Keller's discussion Wynne's Paintings in the group Discussion Groups
"Thanks to everyone for your replies and congratulations. It would be fun to actually go to the…"
Wednesday
Jean Pieper aka IPO replied to Wynne Keller's discussion Wynne's Paintings in the group Discussion Groups
"Congratulations Waynne!  "
Tuesday
 

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Membership Fee Plans

Paid Membership: This website hosted by Henry Li is a paid-access network for all artists who want to learn Chinese brush painting. Please choose a membership option below. It is not a recurring billing plan so you will be prompted to pay once your subscription expires.

$20.00/Month
$45.00/3 Months
($15.00 per month)
$80.00/6 Months
($13.33 per month)
$120.00/1 Year
($10.00 per month)
$198.00/2 Years($8.25 per month)

*This is the only cost to watch all Henry's online classes 24/7, get critique on your practices, socialize with other members, browse the forum, open discussion groups, photo gallery, blogs and chat.  You have full control over your privacy settings in a very friendly community.

Membership Q&A

Q: How much it cost to become a paid member?
A: This site welcome all CBP or sumi artists to join and here is the membership cost depending on which plan you choose:

$20.00/Month
$45.00/3 Months($15.00 per month)
$80.00/6 Months
($13.33 per month)
$120.00/1 Year
($10.00 per month)
$198.00/2 Years($8.25 per month)

Q: How do you teach your video class?
A: All pre-recorded video classes are open-ended, available 24/7 all year round. In addition to instructional video classes, assignments and handouts, you will receive personalized critiques from Henry. His critiques on other students' practices are also proved to be very valuable learning resources.

Q: How do I register and pay for membership?

A: Just click on "sign up" to register your account. We take credit cards or Paypal. A payment gateway is integrated with this network which is very secure and you will get instant access to the classes automatically. If you have any problem with signing up or prefer a different payment method, please contact Henry Li.

Q: I am a returning student, what do I need to pay?
A: If your membership has expired, all you need to renew your general membership in order to access all old classes and up-coming new ones(there is no longer per class charge). All your old posts are still under your account.   

Q: Can I download the class videos and view them off-line?

A: No. To purchase downloadable video lessons or DVDs please visit BHA online store.

Be Inspired by Chinese Brush Painting Master, Henry X. Li

Chinese Brush Painting Online Video Class with Henry Li

Join master Chinese Brush Painting artist, Henry X. Li, for a year round journey of online learning where you will discover, step by step, how to select and wield a Chinese brush, how to load it with ink and watercolors, and how to paint with various rice papers. Suitable for beginners as well as intermediate students, Chinese brush painting is an ongoing class you will not want to miss.

Master Li will discuss the basic foundational strokes and principles of composition in his video classes. To further enrich each of his student's learning experience, individual critiques are given in a class forum setting, with follow-up instructions in a hands on manner.

Students begin with the basic video lessons and practice. Subject matters include the classical "Four Gentlemen" - bamboo, orchid, plum and chrysanthemums, rose, wisteria and peony flowers, birds, animals and landscapes.

New: Chinese Calligraphy lesson with Victoria

Lesson 1: Introduction, Orchids, Baby Chick and Blue Herons
Lesson 2: Plum Blossoms and Birds
Lesson 3: Bamboo and Panda Bears
Lesson 4: Landscapes
Lesson 5: Peony and Butterflies
Lesson 6: Rose, Wisteria and Cats
Lesson 7: Chrysanthemum and Rooster
Lesson 8: Landscape (the three Gorges of Yangtze)
Lesson 9: Monkeys
Lesson 10: Lotus Flowers and Frogs
Lesson 11: Chinese Dragon
Lesson 12: Camellia(in Gongbi style)

Lesson 13: Bird of Paradise

Lesson 14: Scots Pine and Squirrel

Lesson 15: Summer Fruits and Veggies(in Etegami style)

Lesson 16: Basic Elements of Chinese Landscape Painting

Lesson 17: Water Buffalo

Lesson 18: Boneless-style Flower and Birds on Silk or Sized Paper

Lesson 19: Misty Mountains in Neo-Fu Baoshi Style on Mulberry Paper

Lesson 20: Red-crowned Cranes

Lesson 21: Peacocks

Lesson 22: Carp, Goldfish and Snakes

Lesson 23: Magnolia

Lesson 24: Day Lily

Lesson 25: Southern Song Style Landscape

Lesson 26: Zen Paintings

Lesson 27: Lesson 27 Rhododendron and Poppies

Lesson 28: Gongbi Colored Landscape

Lesson 29: Three Variations of Phalaenopsis

Lesson 30:  Horses

Lesson 31: Finger Paintings

Lesson 32: Creative Methods of Xieyi Landscape

Lesson 33: Insects with prof Rao

Lesson 34: Shrimp and Crab in Qi Baishi Style

Lesson 35: Tiger

Lesson 36: Water Lilies

Lesson 37: Eagles

Lesson 38 Columbia River Gorge

Lesson 39 Goats

Lesson 40 Peach of Longevity

Lesson 41: Koi Pond

Lesson 42 Figure Painting with prof Luo Laiying

Lesson 43 Wei Zixi Style Landscape with Wei Li

Lesson 44 Grapes and Morning Glory

Lesson 45 Master Zhangs' Birds

Lesson 46 Dogwood

Lesson 47 Waterfalls

Lesson 48 Portrait

Lesson 49 Zodiac Monkey

Lesson 50 Children Portraits

Lesson 51 Bubble Eye and Oranda Goldfish

A new video class will be added each month with a new and different subject matter, such as horses, humming birds, pouring ink style landscape, or fine-line style flower and birds. Your learning experience continues month to month, and you are welcome to advance your training and practice at your own pace. Video's are viewable 24/7.

Students will receive access to a variety of enriching discussion groups, assignment and critique centers, and new monthly lessons.

 
Students who were surveyed said these things about Mr. Henry Li aka
HEART - "Henry Energetic Artist Responsive Teacher"
"The best part of my experience is [the] balance between learning, practicing, sharing ideas with other students, enjoying the workshop, and having
met Professor Henry Li"
The best part of my experience is Henry's wealth of expertise & knowledge and his generosity in sharing as well as his skill as a teacher. Also enthusiastic, involved, creative & supportive co-students."
"The best part has been the teacher, who is a master of what he teaches but also a master at teaching. Equally important was the support, participation, and community with the other students. I will be a continuing student, Henry's class has become an important part of my daily life, something I didn't expect to happen."

 

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About

Henry X. Li
aka HEART as in Henry Energetic Artist Responsive Teacher

Henry Xiaohui Li, as known by his artist name Ji-yi-lou-zhu, is the owner of Blue Heron Arts Co. in Los Angeles, California.

 

Trained in a time-honored tradition of art, Henry Li began painting in under Zhang Zhengyin, a master in Henry's hometown, Nanjing. He majored in Archaeology when he got into Nanjing University in 1977, and became a fellow of the Center for Oriental Painting and Calligraphy Study in 1983.

 

Being an online art teacher and art supplier, Henry has  found himself a full-time job with thousands of fans and students all over the world.

Forum

Henry's 40-year reunion in Nanjing, China

Started by Henry Li aka HEART in World Travels and Live Workshops. Last reply by mila martin lopez May 8. 5 Replies

It took me full year of planing and organization effort to bring together 300 classmates from all over the world to Nanjing, China last week. It was such an memorable event for me.  Voctoria arranged and played the background music at our Los…Continue

CBP Books

Started by Gini Newcomb aka CLO in Chinese Painting Books, Videos and DVDs. Last reply by Ritu Khanna Apr 24. 40 Replies

Please add your favorite CBP books to this discussion.A really good one I purchased used on amazon.com is "Between Two Cultures: Late-Nineteenth and Twentieth-Century Chinese Paintings from the Robert H. Ellsworth Collection in the Metropolitan…Continue

Maulevrier japonese garden

Started by Ozara aka SOL in Sources of Inspiration. Last reply by Gini Newcomb aka CLO Apr 23. 8 Replies

Though I miss time these days (sorry I do not comment on the class), as promised here is a selection of  photos of my trip at Maulevrier (near Cholet in France), it was a happy moment of contemplating and sketching, I keep all moments alive in my…Continue

Soke Massaki Hatsumi explains why he paints

Started by Brady Hansen in Ancient Masters & Contemporary Artists. Last reply by Ritu Khanna Apr 6. 1 Reply

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eEytE78rqRQI thought this would be appreciated by the artists here. This man is the grandmaster of one of the arts I study.  Bujinkan Budo Ninpo Taijutsu.Continue

Blog Posts

Being Is Beauty

Posted by Ritu Khanna on May 28, 2017 at 9:26pm 0 Comments

In the arms of beauty it is, that truth is realized. Being is beauty! The search for beauty and truth are not two different searches. A true artist is a seeker, who brings to paper, the real. No perfection of technique alone can render serenity…

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Objective v/s Subjective Art

Posted by Ritu Khanna on April 1, 2017 at 1:29am 0 Comments

Many years back I became a member of a mystery school called 'The Fourth Way' for about six months. A group of people working with a Spiritual Master on the principals of an ancient Russian Mystic George Gurdjieff. It is in this group that I…

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Banana tree in my backyard with Cappy

Posted by Henry Li aka HEART on March 5, 2017 at 12:19am 5 Comments

Can CBP paint shadows? Here is my…

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