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    Empty mountain

    ... pencil, chalk, chalk wash ...
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    Last edited by chinapete; 05-29-2012 at 03:07 AM.
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    Hi Pete why is it when i look at your ....trees ..... waterfall's..... mountains......blimey nearly forgot the STONE'S

    all I see is a load of Face's do you think I should go to Spec-Saver or am I going .......... .........SLAINTE

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    Quote Originally Posted by eighty+ View Post
    Hi Pete why is it when i look at your ....trees ..... waterfall's..... mountains......blimey nearly forgot the STONE'S

    all I see is a load of Face's do you think I should go to Spec-Saver or am I going .......... .........SLAINTE
    hey eighty+ ... at spec-saver ... ask for a check-up from the neck up ...
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    Corr Pete what a great idea but I don't think they do it on the NHS

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    Really fine one.
    I wonder which correlation there might be between paintings You do like this and the evocative landscape or the spirit of stones or the details from great classical masters, all apparently within the same genre, and the minimalist art. In a way they all concentrate on the least, either it's the microcosm of a detail or the essential structure ...
    Panta rei (everything flows)!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caesar View Post
    ... I wonder which correlation there might be between paintings...
    诗中有画 ,画中有诗 (chi conosce Wang Wei sa bene la frase)
    La scrittura cinese non mai concepita come una mera registrazione del discorso orale, ma come avente origine indipendente da esso
    Zhang Longxi, Il tao ed il logos: ermeneutica letteraria, Oriente ed Occidente (1992)
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    Pardon me but I'm disheartened because I wrote another long one and it got ruined upon trying to post it. Gone into the ethers.

    Sorry Pete. Perhaps the universe was saying that by writing subtle yet elaborate thoughts on your work, I was sending you a mis-match.

    I will offer you a very tight detail fragment, much the same as your paintings - in this case 2 words:

    koan graphically
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    Quote Originally Posted by D Akey View Post
    koan graphically

    Hi D Akey,
    Thanks for trying ... It's a good opportunity for us to practice the telegraphic style, and you succeeded brilliantly with "koan graphically" ... :-)

    The title of the painting alludes to a famous poem from the Tang dynasty, and the imagery in the poem explains why you may have noticed a touch of green in the lower left-hand corner ...

    Deer Fence By Wang Wei (699-761)
    空山不見人, Kong shan bu jian ren Empty mountain not see people
    但聞人語響。 Dan wen ren yu xiang Only hear people talk sound
    返景入深林, Fan jing ru shen lin Return brightness enter deep forest
    復照青苔上。 Fu zhao qing tai shang Again shine green moss upon

    I see no one in the deserted hills
    Hear only the echo of mens speech.
    Sunlight cast back comes deep in the woods
    And shines once again upon the green moss

    Translated by Stephen Owen


    The Japanese word "koan" is based on a similar-sounding Chinese expression, and some believe that Wang Wei intended his "empty mountain" to be a sort of "koan" -- a phrase already in use in his time -- the English transliteration seems to leave a lot of room for opposing "being" and "non-being" as small paradoxes to stir the imagination ... And I think Stephen Owen makes good use of that in his translation ...
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    Different translation, different image ...

    No one seen. Among empty mountains,
    hints of drifting voice, faint, no more.
    Entering these deep woods, late sunlight
    flares on green moss, and rises.

    Wang Wei, "Deer Park"


    Translated David Hinton
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    chinapete... your works and use of poetry is a refreshing breath of quiet joy. very uplifting works and colors...I like the emergence of a bit of color to lend a more complex harmony to your works... most excellent..

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