Fall 2018 Newsletter

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In This Issue:

OAS Releases New Core Print Catalog Step up to OAS Core Brushes Lantern Hibiscus, the Spirit of Autumn Learn to Painting Lantern Hibiscus Ling-nan Style Painting and the History of East West Culture Pairing Explore Lingnan Painting Dragon Cloud Paper Autumn-Inspired Lessons and Holiday Painting Seasonal Gentlemen: Chrysanthemum and Plum January 2019 Workshops OAS Life Update

OAS Releasing New Core Catalog

By Evan Yeh

The cover shot of OAS' new Core Catalog.

So much has changed since OAS launched itself as a full-fledged mail-order company back in the ‘80s. Before then, OAS was just my mother accompanying my father to workshops and classes, selling the necessary supplies his students needed to learn Chinese Brush Painting. Even in the early days, the ideals that form the backbone of OAS’ approach were evident.

There was a clear understanding that quality supplies were necessary for most Westerners to have a chance at discovering the joy of Chinese Brush Painting. The handful of people that my father encountered who had previous experience attempting to learn Chinese Brush Painting all had horror stories of poor quality brushes that would not come to a point. It was clear to both my father and mother that for them to succeed in sharing the joy of Chinese Brush Painting and Chinese culture with their students, a reliable source of quality supplies would need to be established.

Things picked up momentum when the series Chinese Brush Painting with Ning Yeh was released and picked up nationally by The Learning Channel. Soon after the show began airing, OAS was shipping its original Artist’s Set all over the world as enthusiastic viewers were eager to get the materials they needed to paint along with Ning as they watched on TV. I remember those days vividly. I was in high school and heavily involved in my studies and various extracurricular activities. My best friend worked at OAS as the shipping clerk and I would spend time at OAS, assembling boxes for Artist’s Sets and occasionally checking the orders my friend was shipping out.

Since those early days, the OAS catalog has dramatically expanded. From two original sets and a handful of other accessories, the complete OAS catalog now contains hundreds of products. China’s rapid transformation from third world country to economic power has presented challenges for OAS, as generations-old suppliers are going out of business and the new generation of Chinese businesses are focused on manufacturing iPhones, rather than making handmade brushes and rice paper.

For a while OAS believed it was impossible to maintain an accurate print catalog as the products would change too rapidly to document practically in a print catalog. At the same time, we would constantly be receiving requests from new customers for a print catalog. All of this has inspired us to take all of our best, most essential supplies and organize them into a core catalog. This new core catalog has been a long time in the making and we are pleased to introduce it and make it available to all of you, our loyal customers!

The OAS new Core Catalog is available in digital PDF Format on request. Request a copy here! The print version will be mail to active customers early in the new year!
 
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Step up to OAS’ Core Brushes

OAS Brushes have always been the cornerstone of the OAS Catalog. We have two essential brush sets to choose from:

Premium Artist Brush Set

We’ve taken these four perennially best selling brushes and packaged them in a set for value and convenience.

The set contains these four brushes: Happy Dot, Flow, Large Flow, and Orchid Bamboo.

Many competitors are selling knock-offs using the same names. Don’t be fooled however, only OAS sells these brushes and only the OAS brushes carry the OAS level of quality, service and support!

Premium Artist Brush Set

PBSET01: $65.00 sale ($79 reg.)

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Set contains Happy Dot Brush (H1C), Flow Brush (C2C), Large Flow Brush (C2D), and Medium Orchid Bamboo Brush (H2C)

PRE-Series Introductory Brush Set

We’ve spent the better part of 4 decades searching for brushes that would deliver the OAS Brush experience at a price-point comfortable to someone on a budget.

This past year, our search came to an end, and boy were these a hit! Named exactly like their Premium Artist quality counterparts with the letters PRE before the name.

PRE Series Introductory Brush Set

PRESET01: $35.00 sale ($44 reg.)

Set contains PRE-Happy Dot Brush (H1PRC), PRE-Flow Brush (C2PRC), PRE-Large Flow Brush (C2PRD), and PRE-Orchid Bamboo Brush (H2PR)

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Set contains PRE-Happy Dot Brush (H1PRC), PRE-Flow Brush (C2PRC), PRE-Large Flow Brush (C2PRD), and PRE-Orchid Bamboo Brush (H2PR)

 
 
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Lantern Hibiscus, the Spirit of Autumn

By Evan Yeh

The cover shot of OAS' new Core Catalog.

Autumn is a very emotional time for me. It’s like I have a deeply ingrained sense memory that is triggered as the hot Summer days yield to the tinge of cold weather signifying the arrival of Fall. It is a discipline of mine to search for optimism in every season. I like to challenge myself to, rather than just slap a happy face on it, search for aspects of each season that I can genuinely appreciate. Visiting farmer’s markets are an easy way to find inspiration. As I see summer fruit give way to apples, pears, turnips, sweet potatoes and the other fruits and vegetables associated with autumn harvest, the cold I feel on the outside is counter-balanced by the inner warmth expressed as families sit down and give thanks for tables full of seasonal produce.

Another source of optimism is the commencement of school. Whether you are a student, teacher, or parent, there is a universal feeling of potential that comes with getting back to the rhythm of school and classes. At OAS we start to receive the orders from our teachers around the world and get excited about the subjects they are teaching and the students both new and old that they are engaging.

Nature also inspires autumn in more subtle ways. One of the largest celebrations of the year in Asia is the Mid-Autumn Festival. People celebrate by eating mooncakes, traveling to see family, and sharing family meals often including three generations sitting at the same table. Another very iconic feature of the Mid-Autumn Festival is the lighting of lanterns. Lanterns are the signature decoration of the Mid-Autumn Festival and are used for decoration as well as to hold riddles that children are asked to solve. I have a hard time finding a more delightful example of nature inspiring human design than the Lantern Hibiscus. With its serrated skirt petals and its long dangling stamen, you can really see why the Lantern Hibiscus was given its name.

So now that Fall is here, what is your source of optimism and inspiration? Will you find it, focus on it, and express it by using your brush to spread autumn inspired color and ink onto rice paper?

 

Learn to Paint Lantern Hibiscus with Ning Yeh’s 108 Flowers: Book 3

The conclusion of the mid-autumn festival has us inspired by lanterns. This is a perfect time to channel that inspiration to depict nature’s living lantern, the Lantern Hibiscus.

This, along with 26 other inspiring floral subjects, are covered in Ning Yeh’s 108 Flowers: Book 3. Also, you can pick up the three additional volumes (Books 1, 2, and 4).

108 Flowers: Book 3 by Ning Yeh

BKNY03: $24.00 sale ($29.95 reg.)

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108 Flowers Books 1-4 Set

BKNY01-04: $96.00 sale ($120.00 reg.)

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108 Flowers Books 1,2,3 or 4 Individually sold

BKNY01,02,03,04: $24.00 sale ($29.95 reg.)

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Ling-nan Style Painting and the History of East Meets West Culture Pairing

By Evan Yeh

The cover shot of OAS' new Core Catalog.

Oftentimes, when speaking to new customers, I discuss how the study of brush painting exposes a person to essential qualities of Eastern cultures like balance and harmony. I’ve always felt that Eastern and Western cultures have much to teach each other and when properly paired they can produce ways of living characterized by tremendous amounts of well being.

The Ling-nan School of Painting is an example of lasting inspiration that began as a marriage of East and West cultures. In the late 19th century Chinese scholars began exploring Western painting styles. This exploration became a spear head that pierced through centuries of entrenched conservative thought. Blending the bold ideas of Western impressionism with traditional Han Chinese painting techniques gave birth to a painting style that even today is potent with inspiration.

Characteristics of Ling-nan painting include:

  • A prioritization of white space: My father often says what’s important about a stroke is not only the stroke itself but how it defines and shapes the white space of the paper.
  • Dynamic, non-traditional stroke-work: The stroke-work in Ling-nan style painting is bold and vivid.
  • Use of vibrant color in both the stroke-work and backgrounds: Previous to Ling-nan painting, most Chinese Painters would use ink wash preferred by Tang Dynasty poet and influential philosopher Wang Wei. This resulted in paintings with more muted colors. Ling-nan paintings, on the contrary, used bold and vibrant colors for both stroke work and backgrounds.

Notable Ling-nan style painters include the three artists who are credited with creating the style: Gou Gim-Fu, Gou Kei-Fung, and Chan Syu-yan as well as more modern masters like Chao Shao An and Au Ho Nien.

I like to think of OAS and our extended family of customers as continuing an honored tradition of cultural exchange between the East and the West. It is truly beautiful how the cultures and philosophies of each region pair with each other and whether you are more directly exploring the tradition started by the Ling-nan masters or pursuing your own pairing of East and West, the work holds undiscovered treasure both personally and for art and culture from a broader perspective.

 

Explore Ling-nan Style Painting

Two of our more popular instructional books not written by Ning Yeh are focused on the Ling-nan style of Painting. They are called To Paint in Ling-nan Style (1) Theories, Flowers and Vegetables and To Paint in Ling-nan Style (2) Insects, Fish and Birds.

Both books offer sequential, illustrative instruction that shows how groups of strokes are assembled into key elements and then shows those key elements featured in a finished composition.

BK12: To Paint in Ling-nan Style (1) Theories, Flowers and Vegetables

The bold stroke work and vivid colors of Ling-nan are in full display in this Camelia lesson as well as the other lessons in this book.

To Paint in Ling-nan Style (1) Theories, Flowers and Vegetables

BK12: $30

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To Paint in Ling-nan Style (2) Insects, Fish, and Birds

The rendering of smaller creatures like birds, fish and, insects in Lingnan style is completely distinct as evidenced in this sparrow lesson

To Paint in Ling-nan Style (2) Insects, Fish, and Birds

BK13: $30

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Dragon Cloud Paper

Dragon Cloud Paper is very popular for Ling-nan Style as the paper’s ability to handle moisture allows for more dynamic, looser painting without too much bleeding. We have regular Dragon Cloud paper with visible white fibers and decorative dragon cloud paper with embedded leaves or vermillion grass.

Dragon Cloud Paper White

P50H: $15

5 Full Sheets (55 1/4” x 27 1/4”)

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Dragon Cloud Paper Assorted

PA50: $18

6 Full Sheets (55 1/4” x 27 1/4”). 2 of each type (white, leaves, vermillion grass)

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Autumn Inspired Lessons and Holiday Painting

Autumn in the Park (Fall Colors) Workshop Booklet

The workshop series has 12 lessons and builds to this glorious finish with a park scene featuring autumn trees. Not only does the instruction take you sequentially through the composition from beginning to end but it also discusses more general principles that will empower you to reuse elements and techniques for your own compositions.

Autumn in the Park (Fall Colors) Workshop Booklet

WS12: $6.95

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Autumn Leaves Gift Lesson

This wonderfully simple lesson makes it possible for anyone to get into the spirit of the season. Done with OAS’ Ideal Companion Watercolor Set, this lesson can be both a wonderful way to introduce a new artist to essential color techniques while at the same time creating usable, frameable compositions that can be used as gifts, or cards or hung as a simple masterpiece on the wall.

Autumn Leaves Gift Lesson

GLS043: $6.95 or free with purchase of $50 or more

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Autumn Harvest Gift Lesson (Pumpkin/Gourd and Calligraphy)

This gift lesson walks you through a composition which includes iconic symbols of autumn’s abundant harvest (pumpkin and gourd) as well as writing the Chinese character for Autumn. All together, this arms you with a great whole composition or elements that you can mix and match to express the idea of the season in small paintings, cards and other keepsakes.

Autumn Harvest Gift Lesson (Pumpkin/Gourd and Calligraphy)

GLS019: $6.95 or free with purchase of $100 or more

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Seasonal Gentlemen: Chrysanthemum and Plum

Four iconic and fundamental subjects in Chinese painting are often referred to as the Four Gentlemen. These are: Grass Orchid, Bamboo, Chrysanthemum, and Plum. Each is associated with a season. In the introduction to his Chrysanthemum lesson featured in the series Chinese Flower Painting 1, Ning Yeh describes the chinese word for Chrysanthemum 菊 (jú) as having a double meaning.

On the one hand, it can mean “to bow or to let go with respect.” On the other hand, it also means “to endure or to nurture with devotion.” Chinese often point out that the Chrysanthemum has a quiet strength that does not seek competition with the more striking flowers like Peony or Rose.

Chrysanthemum is the gentleman of autumn and we’ve assembled some excellent resources to help you express the iconic qualities of this flower embodying the characteristics that have become associated with the Chinese idea of autumn. Also, Plum is winter’s gentleman, so get an early start on your plum painting.

Chinese Brush Painting Basics: Chrysanthemum and Plum DVD

Ning’s Chinese Brush Painting Basics television series was intended to update and replace his Emmy Award-Winning Series, Chinese Brush Painting, but by overwhelming request they both remain in OAS’s Catalog line.

Ning keeps things as simple as possible focusing on the use of ink and one brush. He methodically guides any level of painter through the completion of China’s mid-autumn festival bloom, the Chrysanthemum and one of China’s national flowers, the plum blossom.

Chinese Brush Painting Basics: Chrysanthemum and Plum DVD

DV602: $29.95 sale ($36 reg.)

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Chinese Flower Painting 2: Chrysanthemum DVD

Ning’s signature multi-color brush loading and blending technique is employed to perfection in this full color Chrysanthemum on white shuen paper.

Clear, stroke by stroke instruction is offered against a background of cultural context and story-telling.

Chinese Flower Painting 2: Chrysanthemum DVD

DV311-12: $39.95 sale ($50 reg.)

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Chinese Flower Painting 2: Plum DVD

Packed to the brim with wonderful content and instruction for two stunning compositions. One in full color, the other a moody white plum blossom set against a misty moon.

Chinese Flower Painting 2: Plum DVD

DV307-08: $39.95 sale ($50 reg.)

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Chinese Flower Painting 1: Chrysanthemum DVD

A very popular subject in Ning’s live class, this instructional DVD will walk you through this lovely white chrysanthemum composition on brown shuen paper. As always, Ning surrounds thorough stroke by stroke instruction with explanations of what Chrysanthemum means in Chinese culture and its appearance in history and fables.

Chinese Flower Painting 1: Chrysanthemum DVD

DV209-210: $36

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OAS January 2019 Workshops

January 10th-13th

Kick 2019 off with style, energize your creativity and learn from the best at OAS' January Workshops.

The more I see Ling Chi and Ning Yeh teach, the more I am convinced that the OAS Workshop experiences are unique opportunities for inspiration and artistic development. Perhaps the best thing is that every single attendee leaves with multiple finished works that are ready for wet-mounting and framing. Even if you have trouble motivating yourself to complete works on your own, do a few workshops and you almost have enough pieces to do a show. Certainly enough to proudly hang in your home to show family and friends.

So many of you have seen and commented on the work that people are doing with Ning and Ling Chi on Facebook. If you've never studied with Ning or Ling Chi before, now is the time to check this particular thing off your bucket list. Maybe you studied with Ning before but have not recently. Let January 2019 be the time for a reunion!

Below are the schedule and subjects:

Thurs. November 10th - Fineline with Ling Chi: Camelia

Ling Chi has created a unique way of studying Chinese fineline painting. With a well chosen subject and composition, mixed with her proprietary coloring and shading technique, she allows students to not only complete a satisfying painting, but also, to do it in a way that is delightful and moderately paced. The perfect warm up to 3 days of spontaneous style with Ning Yeh or great on its own for those just interesting in Fineline.

Chinese Fineline Painting Camelia with Ling Chi

$120

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Friday, Saturday, Sunday. November 11th-13th - Spontaneous Style with Ning

Because of the nature of Chinese Landscape painting, quality instruction is difficult to find. For those of you looking to explore Chinese landscape painting, Ning has devised three subjects that cover many of the techniques that are used to paint Chinese Landscape masterpieces.

Each one of these paintings in unique. There is classic misty mountain landscape against a warm dusk sky. Also we have a wonderfully bright, autumn color waterfall on fan paper. Finally not to be outdone, there is a elegantly simple, plum blossom in the moonlight.

Spontaneous Style Painting with Ning

$400

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OASLife Update

Since our last newsletter, we've released 3 new titles on OASLife.com. The first two are the seasonally appropriate Lantern Hibiscus from 108 Flowers and Chrysanthemum (White Flower on Colored Paper) from Chinese Flower Painting 1. And last but not least, we have Japanese Iris from 108 Flowers.

Don't forget that the videos from 108 Flowers are only available through OASLife.com. There are already 49 out of 108 Flowers videos currently available with more being released every month. Currently, all told, there are 93 titles currently available for On Demand streaming at OASLife.com. This is a tremendously valuable resource at only $9.99 per month.

Visit us at OASLife.com to see the latest updates and sign up for a free trial today!

 
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