Monthly Archives: July 2014

Pairing for a lifetime: the Mandarin Duck

In the world of waterfowl surely there’s nothing more exotic looking than the Mandarin Duck. Its Latin name (Aix galericulata) is totally forgettable; the Chinese “yuan-yang” or “pin-yin” that captures the essence of the radical contrast in appearance for male … Continue reading

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Figure Painting 2: palace pretties

For some time now I have concentrated on ‘decomposing’ acclaimed CBP compositions in order to learn more about how they are composed, or put together. I read what I can (curses on not learning Chinese as a child!) and then … Continue reading

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