My daughter is sitting stiff as a Buddha, in a line of a hundred golden Buddhas lining very steep stairs. The Wishing Tree is LADEN with red and gold paper stuffed with good wishes for the New Year.
We have several family members who have lived or are living in Asia. I have totally fallen under its spell......the people, the food, the exotic spices, the hustle and bustle of big cities and the quiet, simple life in the out lying villages. Everywhere is something to learn and observe, it is a beautiful world filled with sincere, happy, joyful, worshipful people.
One of my favorite ways to explore and record our travels is through my Art Journals. Here are a few to enjoy.
Collage on black paper journal. Glazed. Original acrylic painting of dancer.
Asian papers used for background. Clippings from brochures, photo from original painting adhered to paper with soft gel medium. Crayon coloring.
Asian wrapping paper from museum shop. Chinese folk art feature. White Night by Mary Oliver.
The Chinese are consummate artists be it sculpture, gold work, carving, painting, brush and ink, decorative stitchery or calligraphy. One of my favorites was collecting post cards and prints of Chinese Folk Art, sometimes known as Peasant Painting. Modern folk art painting is at once ancient and young. There is a revival of beautifully painted generic Chinese scenes of everyday, common activities. There is no ostentatious pretension. The small paintings possess the fervor, simplicity and straightforward qualities of the laboring people.
Our four little 'muggers' who live in Asia love to paint and draw. They are dressed in Chinese New Year clothing. Each created a card for Candy Grammy and Grampa.
There are some FABULOUS artists who create books for children and adults. They showcase the traditions, holidays, foods, crafts, etc. And although there are many, I have chosen to present a few that have exceptional illustrations.
Fast forward to this year, only we are in Singapore. We noticed an add that Loretta was teaching a one day sketching class at the RITZY RAFFLES HOTEL. Was there a place for my husband and me? The answer was YES!!!!! An eager and excited class gathered at the inner court of the Raffles Hotel....think Colonial and Fancy Nancy!!! After introducing ourselves, she shared some ideas, thoughts and techniques. We all scattered and drew our impressions. Later we celebrated over the famous Singapore Sling. Visit Lorette at her website listed on the right hand side of the blog. All of the participants were so happy to be sitting in a beautiful setting, sketching their points of view and having Lorette drop by speaking encouragement in her soft British accent as she shared a few pointers and ideas.
Later I found her Sketches of Hong Kong, 2010 Calendar, a photo shown here. Perhaps you could order from her website.
Nothing really fancy about her sketching materials. She just GOES FOR IT!!!
The famous Singapore Sling....virgin or otherwise.
My friend, Ellen Williams created many kimonos out of paper for an art exhibit a few years. It was a huge undertaking on her part. But fearlessly she created an amazing Asian paper wardrobe. Very original. In homage to all of her work I painted a canvas to remind her of her vision, perseverance and execution of exquisite workmanship.
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