II Online Institute for Ink Art / 纽约水墨学社

"Chinese brush art has been practiced for more than thousend years and the styles have changed significantly over time, forming rich and varied traditions. From cave painting to modern ink-art, everything brushed by the artist's hand becomes one of the mirrors of the artist's soul" - Dr. Gan Yu

"中国绘画艺术已有千余年实践的历史,其风格也随着时间的推移发生了巨大变化,形成了丰富多样的传统。从洞窟绘画到现代水墨,艺术家手中的每一笔都是自已灵魂的写照" -- 喻干

Weekly Picture / 每周一图


The "Weekly Picture" is only for noncommercial use, including educational and research purposes.
Feb 4, 2017

Painting by Diane Lundegaard


Diane Lundegaard, "Golden Shiners", ink and mixed-media on paper, 12" x 16"

Conservation, Aesthetics and Freshwater Ecology  

Recent nationwide reports have indicated the increasing need for the conservation and preservation of our freshwater resources. Although marine waters also have conservation issues, they have benefited from the work of those members of the artistic community who champion the cause to protect the marine environment.  

Artists, writers, film makers have eloquently described and documented, as has done Jacques Cousteau, the particular wonders of the earth’s great oceans thus underscoring the need for their protection and conservation. Unfortunately, freshwater has not yet benefited from a similar treatment. There is still to be an artistic community concerned with protecting this particular natural resource. Yet, ironically, life depends on freshwater for survival. 

In addition to its life sustaining force, in the waters of the pond, river, creek and stream there awaits a multitude of aesthetic considerations to be explored. As an artist whose subject matter focuses on this particular ecology, I have found suitable material to challenge the technical concerns of the painter: shifting spatial relationships, light distortions, free floating form, etc., all to be worked on a two dimensional surface, yet given the ability, as if it were, to leap from the plane and into the viewer's mind with the power to engender not only appreciation for this natural resource, but also public spirited reaction. It is my hope that other fine artists will also champion this cause.

Diane Lundegaard, BFA, MA, SUNY at Stony Brook 




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