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A burst of creativity

Leading The Cranes Home

I am working on paintings inspired by Bai Juyi’s poem Western Wind.  I was lead to the Arthur Waley translation by Ralph Kiggell‘s hand-printed book Leading the Cranes Home.

I painted the japonica and lantern in my garden.

I love painting still life.  The inscription on the teapot says “if the song is too highbrow, no-one will sing along”.  The excellent Chinese Sayings Podcast explains the meaning.


White Jade in Stone and Bamboo Garden
High Song teapot

A few more objects:

High Song, Stone and Water Studio teapot

Also carved a seal, first one for some time, so quite pleased with it.

Quite interesting information on seals.

Hen How

I demonstrated how to paint cock and hen recently.  I enjoy exploring different techniques for the same composition.

Calligraphy and seals need to be added.

Also working on still life composition – not right yet – and calligraphy practice.

Persimmon and Cabbage draft
Seal Script Calligraphy

The calligraphy is a poem by Huang Binhong: Wei and Meng’s five-character poems make a clear chant; Jin and Tang eight methods become calligraphy

Chinese Culture

I am enjoying live Zoom Chinese Culture seminars with Madison Plantier.
We’ve explored Chinese poetry, learnt the right way to prepare tea, and drooled over the Eight Great Cuisines!  And there is lots more to learn about.
Madison was a guide on the trip to China that I did last year (including Suzhou, Hongcun, and good food).  She has a wide knowledge of Chinese history and customs.