Traditional Far Eastern Art methods share many common principles as well as aesthetic aspects that many artists around the world wish to try and emulate, or take samples of when creating original contemporary work. Chinese painting and Japanese painting techniques tend to have very simple compositions. The whole picture surface is not always covered, and in some instances eastern artists are known to only paint the part of the subject that interested them, and disregard what is thought to be superfluous i.e. it is more common in far eastern art for backgrounds to remain blank. Eastern art is known to be highly meticulous and detailed as well as very gestural, simple and understated. If you visit a Shinto shrine in Japan you will find the interior decorated with creatures such as dragons, where every scale has been painstakingly rendered. However it is just as common to find Chinese and Japanese screens decorated with bamboo motifs made up of just 1 or 2 simple brush strokes, made with a long haired goat brush.