October 1, 2012 at 11:54 pm #4785
A thread for art and China and wisdomOctober 1, 2012 at 11:56 pm #4786
Wang Xi Meng, a teenage artist during the Song dynasty of China, painted A Thousand Li Of Rivers and Mountains in 1113. This painting is regarded as one of the “Ten Greatest Paintings of Ancient China” and depicts an idealized vision of China.
In the painting, Wang presents China in a spectacular manner. The 37-foot long canvas depicts innumerous magnificent landscapes, remarkable architecture, exotic animals, and humans living in harmony and peace (Baidu Baike). His vivid and glorified portrayal of China conveys a sense of prosperity and powerfulness of the country. The background is heavily tinted with gold – a color signifying wealth and royalty – further glorifying the country. However, an ominous darkness looms over the top of the painting, perhaps symbolizing the approach of an evil threat.
(right click the image, open in new window, and zoom, to see the lovely details)October 2, 2012 at 8:09 pm #4803
Interesting thing about Li, unlike a mile or kilometer, it was a measurement of how much effort it took to walk a particular distance, so it could be longer or shorter, depending upon the terrain.October 10, 2012 at 10:43 am #4977
Willard Wigan’s tiny sculptures
Willard Wigan is a sculptor from Birmingham, England, who makes microscopic art. His sculptures are typically placed in the eye of a needle or on the head of a pin. A single sculpture can be as small as 0.005 mm (0.0002 in).
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willard_WiganOctober 10, 2012 at 11:02 pm #4996
Takeshi Sato, mural painting, live:
October 11, 2012 at 12:06 pm #5004November 12, 2012 at 5:10 am #5616
Vardø is the oldest settlement in Northern Norway and in recent years has become depopulated with many buildings left empty, partly as a result of the collapsing fishing industry. The curator and organizer of the festival, the Norwegian artist Pøbel saw the potential of a street art festival to make a visual transformation of the town and to show the local people it was possible to make changes. While developing the idea Pøbel spent time getting to know the locals and with his unassuming nature and enthusiasm he began to gain their trust. Soon the public began to get behind the idea and offer up buildings for artists to paint on and volunteering to help in the organization. It became a truly grassroots movement rather than something imposed on the community.November 12, 2012 at 1:17 pm #5617February 2, 2013 at 9:00 pm #6552
The gift of our woundsFebruary 3, 2013 at 10:19 am #6555
Did the Sumerians come from Sundaland ?
Hadn’t considered that before…February 23, 2013 at 8:04 pm #6692
Lovely distraction from cells and tissues, Rumpole of the BaileyFebruary 26, 2013 at 8:29 pm #6702March 7, 2013 at 9:51 am #6750
How were Ulfberht swords made?
March 7, 2013 at 11:46 am #6754March 8, 2013 at 7:15 pm #6760
Back from a long day at work, wood in the stove, coffee next to me, a guitar on my lap, and the warmest song I know. Ah, isn’t this happiness?March 8, 2013 at 10:33 pm #6761
Cannot find Paxton’s version, seems only jd did itMarch 8, 2013 at 11:12 pm #6762
Fretkillr pickin’, riffin’, shufflin’ and havin’ funMarch 9, 2013 at 4:51 am #6764March 20, 2013 at 10:25 pm #6870
Songs for Jessica, while illMarch 20, 2013 at 10:38 pm #6871March 23, 2013 at 3:18 pm #6891
My favourite topic, What is Nothing ? ( after What is Something ? and What is Everything ? )April 7, 2013 at 7:29 pm #7048
Wiki: A thangka, also known as tangka, thanka or tanka is a painting on silk with embroidery, usually depicting a Buddhist deity, scene, or mandala of some sort. The thankga is not a flat creation like an oil painting or acrylic painting but consists of a picture panel which is painted or embroidered over which a textile is mounted and then over which is laid a cover, usually silk. Generally, thangkas last a very long time and retain much of their lustre, but because of their delicate nature, they have to be kept in dry places where moisture won’t affect the quality of the silk. It is sometimes called a scroll-painting.
These thangka served as important teaching tools depicting the life of the Buddha, various influential lamas and other deities and bodhisattvas. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thangka
The Jātakas (Sanskrit जातक) refer to a voluminous body of literature native to India concerning the previous births (jāti) of the Bodhisattva. These are the stories that tell about the previous lives of the Buddha, in both human and animal form. The future Buddha may appear in them as a king, an outcast, a god, an elephant—but, in whatever form, he exhibits some virtue that the tale thereby inculcates.
Bhutanese painted thangka of the Jatakas, 18th-19th Century, Phajoding Gonpa, Thimphu, Bhutan
right click, open in new window and zoom for lovely detailsApril 9, 2013 at 6:13 pm #7074April 10, 2013 at 5:21 am #7081
Pieter Bruegel: The fight between Carnival and Lent. Nederland 1559
right click, open in new window and zoom for detailsApril 21, 2013 at 1:10 pm #7172
“Being by Oneself”: A Visit to the Residence of Neidan Master Liu Yiming (1734-1821)
Liu Yiming 劉一明 (1734-1821) was one of the greatest masters of Neidan (Internal Alchemy). Born in Quwo (present-day Shanxi province), he spent the first half of his life traveling extensively to various towns and mountains in northwestern China and to Beijing, in order to search for teachings. His main teachers were a master whom he calls Kangu laoren (Old Man of the Kan Valley, first met around 1755), who gave him teachings on the Book of Changes, cosmology, and Neidan; and another master whom he calls Xianliu zhangren (Great Man Resting in Immortality, first met in 1768), who gave him further teachings on Neidan.
May 27, 2013 at 3:47 pm #7454
A Fusion of Contemporary Art and Mountain Tradition Erupts in China’s Cultural HavenNovember 20, 2013 at 2:32 pm #9591
Sacred Mountains of ChinaNovember 22, 2013 at 12:58 am #9624
Rare Photographs of Chinese Women from the 1800s
April 5, 2014 at 11:35 pm #11915
A Green Stream
I have sailed the River of Yellow Flowers,
Borne by the channel of a green stream,
Rounding ten thousand turns through the mountains
On a journey of less than thirty miles….
Rapids hum over heaped rocks;
But where light grows dim in the thick pines,
The surface of an inlet sways with nut-horns
And weeds are lush along the banks.
…Down in my heart I have always been as pure
As this limpid water is….
Oh, to remain on a broad flat rock
And to cast a fishing-line forever!August 5, 2014 at 9:15 am #14298
From Ranja: Camel Thorn trees Namibia by Frans Lanting
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