Author Archives: Reluctant Rat

Out on a limb: pine cones

“All that exists is, in a sense, the seed of what will be born from it.” — Marcus Aurelius With pine branches being such a common setting for animals or birds in Chinese brush painting (CBP), you’d think there would … Continue reading

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Getting there…by gosh or by golly, a horsey adventure

Growing up in the 1940s and 50s in the Robson Valley we lived through a lot of transitions: from coal oil lamps to electric lights, from wood stove to central heating, from horse and buggy to cars and trucks. In … Continue reading

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When other visitors won’t do, paint spider

Unexpected garden visitations in the form of ‘creepy crawlies’ have never really bothered me. But when I moved to Victoria some eight years ago I had to get used to the sudden appearances of great big spiders in my home. … Continue reading

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Harmony and Joy, two birds on a branch

While updating my growing CBP library database recently I discovered a few books I had missed inputting. As I flipped through one to consider its most relevant coding I discovered a composition with two sparrows flitting through maple, two subjects … Continue reading

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What, me worry? (painting daylily)

Not a big fan of flower painting, I can be enticed when there’s a neat trick to learn or a great story behind the plant. Painting daylilies is covered off in several of my CBP books, but when I recently … Continue reading

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Bee-sting compositions

Part of my maternal cultural heritage is a delightful teatime treat called Bienenstich Kuchen, or Bee-sting cake. It is traditionally a yeast-based cake filled with creamy custard and topped with a honey-glazed almond coating that crackles in the baking.   (The … Continue reading

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Foliage Fun, wu-tung and friends

Wanting to set my figures from the Nanjing tomb wall murals in their original surroundings led me to some surprising discoveries about trees. So far in my self-directed study of Chinese brush painting (CBP) I’ve not been too smitten with … Continue reading

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