Dream of Night / sand painting（夜之梦 / 流沙画）
Simplified composition－simplifying what is complicated.
This painting contains only three elements－The forest, houses, and a crescent moon. The colors are also very pure, and are limited to only green and brown.
I have noticed that many of the leading painters of the older generation made complicated, dense paintings during their earlier periods, and put tremendous effort into these works. But by the time they were approaching old age, their paintings tended to become simpler, and sometimes gradually assumed an almost childlike character. While the reason for this simplification of the complicated may have to do with worsening eyesight and physical strength, the most important reason may be these artists’ changing state of mind.
When they see the later paintings of these masters, some outsiders say things like, “I could make a painting like this!” or the even more disdainful “This is like a child’s painting; this artist’s reputation is exaggerated.”－ It’s really hard to reason with people like this.
In the words of Chu Chi-chan, “Children’s’ paintings are full of innocence and free from conventions or affectations. As one grows older, the more one likes innocent beauty for its simplicity, plainness, and freedom from affectation. In short, plainness and simplicity are universal favorites and represent classical beauty.”
“Skilled brushwork is easy; crude brushwork is more difficult. Simplicity evokes the true flavor of life.” ＠