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The owl that winked at me

I just love it when I’m on the hunt for something specific, say a bamboo grove, and my searching leads me to a website with other items (fine figures) that simply command my attention, things I would have looked for … Continue reading

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Not folding on the folds, six more fabric strokes

Despite bringing out a magnifying glass and examining each for distinctive features, I’m still not convinced the whole repertoire of 18 different brush strokes was ever widely used in oriental painting. (I used the word ‘oriental’ there, because my sources … Continue reading

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Aquatic arsenal—painting water plants

The devil is in the details. This observation has variously been attributed to Mies Vander Rohe, Le Corbusier, and Gustav Flaubert. I would surmise any creative person sooner or later discovers that attention to the small details does indeed contribute … Continue reading

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Painting with numbers: shrimp

At first glance a composition of shrimp may seem an unlikely subject for painting, let alone a lifetime of dedicated study. Once you gain some insight however, it’s understandable that a master painter wielding a Chinese brush might do just … Continue reading

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Green pearl of China—painting grape

In my wildest dreams I’ve conjured a vineyard that stretched for miles, trellis upon trellis weighted down with a bounty of green, red, purple, blue and black grapes. How astonishing it is to find that such a place actually exists!   … Continue reading

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Frill-seeking me, painting a western orchid (cattleya)

First off, let’s be clear: there is no such plant as the western orchid! I’m using the term very loosely here to refer to the several kinds of orchid we in the western world cherish. The family Orchidacea is absolutely … Continue reading

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Life is a peach

What is old is new. Last summer I discovered the Saturn or ‘flat peach’ in a produce display at my local supermarket. What I presumed to be a recent mutation or genetically modified creation apparently is one of the oldest … Continue reading

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