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a film that distinguished filmmaker Philip Hass was to shoot in London.  The subject was the painting of Arhat’s ‘Taming the Dragon’ an early 14th century silk painting in the museum’s permanent collection that was done in the meticulous ‘Gong-bi or Palace/Court style.  The first in the series of these five film’s, Haas’s response to Annibale Carracci’s ‘The Butcher’s Shop (early 1580), has already been shown to acclaim at the 2008 Venice and Toronto film festivals.

The director needed to know whether Arhat would be standing or sitting and the materials that would have been used.

From viewing my studio they were able to obtain a table that was somewhat based on my copy of a 17th century scholar’s table…(the chair had to be described as well).  

I suggested that they obtain the following: A standing brush holder and an assortment of brushes that I described.  A brush rest and water dish along with a slate Ink stone and Ink stick.  For all of these items I directed them to Guanghwa Company, one of the finest Chinese art stores in London’s Chinatown.  They were able to obtain everything there except a ‘Scholar’s Stone’ which I thought would be a great touch but proved to be unattainable.

Although I gave them a sketch indicating the proper way to hold the brush, the actor found it most helpful to watch my painting video’s on YouTube (how cute is that!).

To see this amazing painting go to and click on collections at the top and then in the search bar enter “Taming the Dragon”.  The Kimbell Art Museum is in Fort Worth, Texas.

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To See YouTube Videos – Click Here for more details on the scroll, materials and environment

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