Splashing Color Waterfall（泼彩垂瀑）
I splashed with heavy colors when I made this painting. I didn’t do any planning before I started the painting. I just let the ink and pigments flow as far as they wanted to go. So what I had to do was to bring all the patches of ink and color together, transform them into an organic whole and constitute a good composition.
I used alum paper to make sure that the water flowed easily and wouldn’t dry too quickly. Alum paper is water impermeable and will not absorb any water. This allows ink and pigments to fully blend and exclude each other.
“A Painting is a silent poem, and a poem is a speaking picture,” said the ancient Greek writer Simonides. There is an intimate connection betweean a painting and a poem. Poets and painters are pursuing “poetry in paintings, and paintings in poetry.” This has always been the case in both ancient times and today, and in both China and the West.＠