Li Shu is a style of calligraphy which originated in the Han Dynasty (around AD170), found on engravings on stone tablets, where historical events, political developments, achievements etc were recorded. Li Shu is well known for its simplicity, beauty, elegance and strength.
The Tang Dynasty is often considered the golden age of Chinese poetry.
Here, I have selected four poems by three Tang poets (Li Shangyin, Bai Juyi and Zhang Ji from Hubei) and written them in Li Shu style. Enjoy!
Remembering South of the River - by Bi Juyi 憶江南 唐 白居易詩
草書釋文 一 曾遊蘇杭，憶古人名詩句，欲把西湖比西子，淡妝濃抹總相宜，面對如此湖光山色，凝眸，驚，沉
A Night Mooring Near Maple Bridge - by Zhang Ji (Hubei) 唐 張繼 楓橋夜泊詩
To the Moon Goddess - by Li Shangyin 唐 李商隱詩
草書釋文 一 後漢書注，后羿得長生不死藥於王母娘娘處，后妻嫦娥竊之奔飛月宮，此為後人傳說嫦娥奔月之故事。
The Bloom is not a Bloom - by Bai Juyi 唐 白居易 花非花詞
Those who know me know that flowers are my favourite subject matter. Here I have painted various flora and fauna on rice paper.