I paint in traditional Chinese style with ink and watercolor on paper.

Lu Kesi Paintings

These are some of the themes I often return to …

Painting by Lu Kesi

Little Landscapes

Chinese paper is usually made in very large sheets which can be cut down into smaller sizes as needed. This series of landscape paintings are only 6 3/4 by 8 3/4 inches. Most of them overlap with the “Old Friends” series.


Old Friends

Paintings that copy the work of artists long gone, in order to learn their brushwork. By following their energy they seem closer in spirit.


Modern Antiques

A series of paintings in ink and color on thin paper with embedded fiber, rough edges, and occasional holes that simulates the look of antique paintings on silk.


Mustard Seeds

Most painters of Chinese-style landscapes begin by copying from the Ming dynasty “Mustard Seed Garden Manual of Painting.” I’ve taken the original black and white woodblock illustrations, colorized them, and added a few modern touches of my own.