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Pride and Jue

I was browsing a local antique fair when I spotted a familiar shape – a Chinese Jue!  A Jue is one of the many shapes of ancient ritual vessels made in bronze, eg this one in the Met.
The Chinese often copied the shapes in other materials – ceramic, cloisonne, jade.  So this one is a modern stone copy of the old shape.  As I am a lover of bronzes, I thought this would be a fun addition to my shelves.
Shining light through the stone shows its mossy green look.
the British Museum has collected some contemporary jade carvings, including a Jue, and Christies auctioned this one.
So good to know that I am following tradition!

Feline Feeling

Our neighbours have new kittens!

Milo & Tommy
So I have been painting kittens and cats.
There are different ways to show the fur.And of course there are many breeds of cat.
Tabby or tiger?
Heaven rewards the Diligent!

Future Wishes

A painting of persimmons expresses good wishes to friends and relatives when they have difficult time or start a new career.  These paintings of  “big millstone” persimmons are playing with the different patterns of screen windows.
Six persimmons by Mu Qi
Persimmon trees have four virtues: long life, shade, nesting for birds, resistant to insects, and are frequently planted in temple gardens.
Obviously no-one can paint persimmons without paying homage to Mu Qi.

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.

Calligraphy practice.
This Seal Script 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