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Falcon and Pine

Step-by-step how to paint the majestic falcon and evergreen pine

Course Description

About this manual

In this lesson manual you will learn how to paint the majestic falcon and evergreen pine. In Japanese art the theme of falcon and pine represents the season of winter and symbolise strength, courage and longevity.

The lesson is divided in three parts with simple steps and instructions for you to follow and create your own beautiful paintings. It includes notes on falcons in Japanese art history, as well as short meditation on the nature of feathers, pine, and falcons, to enhance your contemplative mode as you practice.

In the introductory part you will find details on tools and materials used in this art form. You can source these from a recommended suppliers list included at the end of the manual.

In the first part you will learn a step by step how to paint feathers and a standing falcon. The second part is dedicated to practice painting branches and pine needles to use in a composition of a falcon standing on a pine branch. And in the third part of the lesson, you will learn further detailed study of the head and claws of the bird and practice painting a falcon in flight.

As part of the bonus material in this lesson, you will find additional compositions to practice your brush strokes skills.

Using shades of ink and layers of washes, you are invited to enjoy exploring the beauty of painting this magnificent bird, together with a deeper understanding of its healing qualities and significance in Japanese art history.                                                          

NOTE: This is a working booklet style manual lesson. It is presented as a PDF file and is designed so that you can download, print and bind it as a working booklet to work with.


Highlights of what you will paint

Learn how to paint Falcon and Pine

Step-by-step how to paint the majestic falcon and evergreen pine


Meet your teacher

Talia Lehavi is an artist, a practitioner and a teacher of traditional Japanese ink painting. Following years of teaching, her love and passion for this artistic medium has now prompted her to create ArtBrush - online school for the studies of Japanese ink painting. The school is designed for students of all levels, from around the world, who are excited to learn, explore and discover the joy of ink painting and its many facets.

Talia Lehavi Headshot - ArtBrush Japanese Ink Brush Painting Instructor - Artist - London Mallorca Zichron


What our students say about their experience

Olympia - ArtBrush Student

Very detailed and informative course ! I have always been an admirer of Asian traditional painting and this course provided me of an insider's look of this magic world. With the help of Talia and the ARTBRUSH online courses, I have managed to learn, exercise and master special brushwork techniques otherwise unaccesible to me. I also got an overall understanding of the aesthetics around this beautiful world of ink painting.

I totally recommend this!

—  Olympia T. Artist & Writer

Tamar - ArtBrush Student

Usually I would prefer a direct teaching with Talia, but these days as we are Corona isolated, there is nothing like the simplicity of painting with Talia's instructions. To dive into the ink and colour, is the best anti-Corona medicine. Especially when painting purple-lilac Wisteria, with its healing properties, connecting me to a better World. Having sent my practice to Talia, her personal responses are ever so encouraging and inspiring. Highly recommended.

—  Tamar S. Family Doctor & Herbalist


Included in this manual

Welcome to your lesson

  1. Your workspace

  2. Tools and materials

  3. Check list

Part I - Standing flacon

  1. Falcons in Japanese art

  2. painting feathers

  3. How to paint a falcon

  4. Soul meditation - Feathers

  5. Standing falcon - Three compositions to practice

Part II - Falcon and pine

  1. Pine in Japanese art

  2. How to paint a branch

  3. Four ways to paint pine needles

  4. Soul meditation - Pine

  5. Falcon and Pine - Composition

Part III - Flying falcon and pine

  1. Painting falcon’s head and claws

  2. How to paint a falcon in flight

  3. Flying falcon - Two compositions to practice

  4. Soul meditation- Falcon

  5. Flying falcon and pine - Composition

Bonus material

  1. Painting a pine tree - Notes and Composition

  2. Falcon and pine paintings by 18th C. Japanese ink masters

  3. Recommended sources for tools and materials

Learn how to paint Falcon and Pine

Step-by-step how to paint the majestic falcon and evergreen pine


Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?

The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course – you decide when you start and when you finish.

How long do I have access to the course?

How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling and as long as ArtBrush is live online, you have unlimited access to the course across any devices you own for as long as you like.

I am a complete beginner. Is this for me?

Yes! The course is designed with beginners and intermediate students in mind, as well as, those who are keen to deepen their knowledge of the field. There are many step-by-step videos that are perfect for anyone just getting started. No previous experience in art or ink painting is required. The course is for mixed-level abilities.

I am a professional artist. Is this for me?

Absolutely! Many professional artists and designers have been studying with Talia and have benefited from the Japanese art and practice aesthetics. The courses offer new ways of observing nature and understanding painting composition and space in a way unique to Japanese ink painting.

How do I enrol on a course?

To enrol on one of the ArtBrush courses, click on any "Enrol" button on this page and complete your purchase. You will need to create an account with us to purchase and access the course. If you already have an account, log in to complete your purchase. Then, you'll have access to the course, and your purchase details will be emailed to you.

Would I need any special tools and materials?

Yes! Please view the short 'check list' video and PDF inside the course for help in setting up your workspace and for preparing your tool-set for the courses. You can choose from a selection of three comprehensive sets of tools and materials available via ArtBrush.

You can do this via the school on:

These sets were all made in Japan and curated by Talia for the school. Each set is of high quality and designed to last a lifetime. Expect up to 2 weeks for delivery, local taxes are not included. Alternatively, depending upon where you are based around the globe, you may get individual tools and materials at your local Japanese/Chinese art supply shop or at some general art supply shops. You can also find online a variety of budget sets. Once you learn and understand about your toolkit, you will be able to easily sort out what you need.

What software do I need to access the course?

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What if I wish to cancel?

We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 7 days and we will give you a full refund.

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