Monthly Archives: December 2012

Painting what I know: horses

To paint well, first you must understand the subject. Paint what you know. These two bits of wisdom sound quite similar but come from two different parts of the world.  “Paint what you know” is what most of us in … Continue reading

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I am rat, and that is that

For most non-Asians our first awareness of the Chinese zodiac animals is as pre-dinner entertainment provided by placemats in a so-called Chinese food restaurant. I’ve heard the food is frequently far from authentic, but the entertainment is genuine.  Who among … Continue reading

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Chinese Brush Painting Lessons in Victoria

My journey into the world of Chinese Brush Painting began with lessons.  My instructor was a potter who added brush painting to his skills base in order to embellish his creations in clay.  Like many artists he supported his artistic … Continue reading

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Making a Splash

The huge salmon run in BC in September 2010 had many of us hanging out dockside to scoop up the bounty.  Fish does not get any fresher than those beauties. I was reminded of once dining mere feet from the … Continue reading

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