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    A thread for art and China and wisdom

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    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.
    http://darkdarkdreams.blogspot.no/2011/05/wang-xi-meng-teenage-artist-during-song.html

    a thousand li

    (right click the image, open in new window, and zoom, to see the lovely details)

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    ulvfugl
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    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.

     

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Li_(unit)

    #4977

    Mari
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    Willard Wigan’s tiny sculptures

    willard wigan

    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_Wigan

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    Mari
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    Takeshi Sato, mural painting, live:

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    #5616

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    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.

    http://blog.vandalog.com/2012/08/waking-up-vardo/

    http://nrk.no/nyheter/distrikt/troms_og_finnmark/1.8244963

    vardørex

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    ulvfugl
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    #6552

    Mari
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    The gift of our wounds

    #6555

    ulvfugl
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    Did the Sumerians come from Sundaland ?

    Hadn’t considered that before…

    http://taobabe.wordpress.com/2013/01/30/sunken-paradise/

    #6692

    Mari
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    Lovely distraction from cells and tissues, Rumpole of the Bailey

    http://www.radiomickdanger.com/ListShows2.php?seriesname=Rumpole%20of%20the%20Bailey

    rumpole

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    This is the best remedy after a long workday.


    Watch Yes Prime Minister 1.7 – The Bishops Gambit in Comedy  |  View More Free Videos Online at Veoh.com

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    Mari
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    How were Ulfberht swords made?

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    ulvfugl
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    #6760

    Mari
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    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?

    #6761

    Mari
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    Cannot find Paxton’s version, seems only jd did it

    #6762

    Mari
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    Fretkillr pickin’, riffin’, shufflin’ and havin’ fun

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hIx-chmJkQc

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    ulvfugl
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    #6870

    Mari
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    Songs for Jessica, while ill

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    Mari
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    #6891

    ulvfugl
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    My favourite topic, What is Nothing ? ( after What is Something ? and What is Everything ? )

    http://www.livescience.com/28132-what-is-nothing-physicists-debate.html

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    Mari
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    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.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jataka_tales

    Bhutanese painted thangka of the Jatakas, 18th-19th Century, Phajoding Gonpa, Thimphu, Bhutan
    thanka
    right click, open in new window and zoom for lovely details

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    ulvfugl
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    #7081

    Mari
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    Pieter Bruegel: The fight between Carnival and Lent. Nederland 1559
    bruegel right click, open in new window and zoom for details

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    ulvfugl
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    “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.

    http://blog.goldenelixir.com/2012/09/being-by-oneself-visit-to-residence-of.html

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    ulvfugl
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    A Fusion of Contemporary Art and Mountain Tradition Erupts in China’s Cultural Haven

    http://www.nowness.com/day/2013/1/29/2768/dali-city?ecid=tab1001

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    ulvfugl
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    #9624

    ulvfugl
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    #11915

    Mari
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    A Green Stream
    by
    Wang Wei

    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!

    li river

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    Mari
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    From Ranja: Camel Thorn trees Namibia by Frans Lanting

    camel thorn

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