Fairy and Family (Dengfeng, China) is a Chinese ink painting by Dave Alber.
Chinese ink on paper
15 x 20 in
The Chinese text reads: “Three flowers for Da Mo.” It is my poem (of sorts) describing my appreciation for Fairy and her family. Da Mo is Bodhidharma in Chinese.
This early painting is done in the style of the Chinese brush paintings. It has bold brush strokes and simple lines in black ink like Chinese art since the Song Dynasty.
The red Chinese stamp is “David” in Chinese (DaWei 大伟) in Han Dynasty characters. The Chinese seal (Chinese artist signature stamps) is the traditional way of authenticating Chinese art.
The Chinese ink painting is done in a series of washes building up layers of depth and contrast in the final black ink.