Author Archives: Reluctant Rat

When ‘mono’ means more—a print as background (part 1)

If you should ever feel ‘stuck in a rut’ or simply uninspired for a subject with Chinese brush painting (CBP), then some serendipitous means of doing backgrounds might just provide that needed ‘kick start’ to get you going down a … Continue reading

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Backgrounds that Bubble

I’ve been thinking of Lawrence Welk these last few days. Not because of any great love for big band music of old, vintage television, or even the fact he was a distant cousin of my mother-in-law. It’s his trademark ‘bubble … Continue reading

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My heart bleeds: painting red cedar

  “What would Emily do?” “Look up…. waaay up.” “Be the tree.” I am at my art table, pondering how to paint a western red cedar (Thuja plicata) in the oriental manner. Thoughts are swirling in my head. I have … Continue reading

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Filling my baskets with fruit #3: it’s got bite, the radish

(Thank you to my loyal followers who questioned my recent hiatus from blogging; I was preoccupied with moving to new digs. I now have a dedicated art space with room for all of my books and paraphernalia and can get … Continue reading

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Filling my baskets with fruit #2: painting the cherry

Strawberries, cherries and an angel’s kiss of spring My summer wine is really made from all these things… I am trying to focus on painting fruits to fill baskets in order to create several useful greeting cards for weddings or … Continue reading

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Filling my baskets with fruit #1: painting pomegranate

I fell in love with pomegranate juice back in the 90s when Oprah promoted her ruby red Christmas martini, based on the juice with a garnish of seeds. My experiments with de-seeding fruits were always messy and I quickly turned … Continue reading

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Brush magic, weaving baskets

My first lessons in Chinese Brush Painting (CBP) addressed primarily the four gentlemen—bamboo, orchid, plum and chrysanthemum—and introduced me to the four treasures—ink, stone, paper, and brush. One moment near the end of the ten weeks particularly stood out. My … Continue reading

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