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.