Category Archives: painting plum blossom

Exploring the dark side: painting on black

While experimenting with gold metallic paint and aiming to fill a large gold bamboo frame, I made some pleasant discoveries about painting on black paper. With my first few bamboo/cat paintings I had learned that even after careful spraying with … Continue reading

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Pushing the plum, doing more!

Friend and mentor John Nip (1937-2017) was a man of few words; his customary comment when you showed him a painting that didn’t meet his standard of execution was: do more.  He didn’t have to be here, or to even … Continue reading

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Power of P’in, arranging plum blossoms

My grandmother often cautioned me that ‘the road to hell is paved with good intentions’. If she’s right, then I’m surely bound to go down that road quite soon. Last month saw little in the way of productive painting, and … Continue reading

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Branching out, plum plus

So many of my CBP books are in Chinese that I’m ashamed to admit that I’ve got into the bad habit of not always reading the instructions even when they are in English! With some time on my hands recently … Continue reading

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I stuck in my thumb; got more than one plum

Retirement has its benefits. You can indeed welcome each day as a day of possibilities, and just do whatever turns your crank. You might not feel terribly sociable on some days, want to get your hands in dirt on others, … Continue reading

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Back to Basics 3: plum blossom (part 2)

It’s ‘petal drop’ time in Victoria. On the prairies we used to look forward to the first snow each year, and felt blessed when it occurred in daytime so that we could cosy up by the window with a mug … Continue reading

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