Brush of the Gods by Lenore Look
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Why learn calligraphy when you can paint for the gods? Wu Daozi (who lived during the Tang Dynasty from 689-759)is supposed to stick to learning his characters, but instead he ends up drawing worms and animals all sorts of beautiful things. Eventually magic happens--his paintings come alive! Even the emperor of China is impressed and commissions him to paint a large mural on the Great War. It took years. And, they say, instead of dying, Wu Daozi walked into his mural and disappeared.
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