Thursday, April 30, 2009

Enjoy the moment ...

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Simply Flowers

There is Simply Orange, a drink we first tried recently that turned out to be nice. Then there are Simply Flowers, patterned after those found in Elaborated Style of Flower and Bird Paintings by Yu-shia Liou (2001).

Monday, April 27, 2009

Friday, April 24, 2009

Birds in Twosome

Birds are popular as symbols as in mascots (The Arizona Cardinals, a professional football team), and names of entities (Garuda, a mythical bird used as the symbol of the Indonesian airline), and even of cities (Phoenix, AZ, another mythical bird). But they appear singly in these instances. As for my paintings for today, they are twosome, as in couples, a binary system.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Bird and Leave painting in tribute to Earth Day

Yesterday (April 22) was Earth Day. Therefore, I would like to dedicate these simple paintings of cheery birds and crimson leaves to mark this momentous day of celebrating the only Earth that we know, the blue planet that nourishes all lives.

Monday, April 20, 2009

The Two Bs in Sync

The two Bs are the bamboo and the birds, juxtaposing the graceful lightness of perched birds and the resilience of the pliant bamboo.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Animal Expressions

Aiming high ...

The best feeling for me is to be on top of the rock.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

The Painting Buddies Reunited

After a lapse of two weeks, the buddies were reunited yesterday to present the latest offerings from their painting pursuits: the first four by Mrs. Kim, who did these at home during the intervening period, and I backed up with the last two, continuing my theme of birds and flowers. As usual, the session ended with a snack fare comprising tea (Georgia Peach), munchkins (mini-donuts), and granola bark (named so because of its shape and texture) from Publix.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Peach Blossom

Peach as a fruit appears in several popular Chinese phrases such as the peach and the plum vying for beauty (left) symbolizing the setting of myriad flower blooming in spring, and the peach and the plum populating the world meaning a teacher's students are numerous, literally spread through out to serve humanity (right), both being salutary in connotation. Peach Blossom has also appeared in Chinese poems such as the one below that contrasts the human emotion of mutual admiration at first encounter with the magnificence of flower blooming.

However, here the Peach Blossom is paired with birds to portray a similar wondrous content.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Bird Chirping Amidst the Fragrance of Flowers

It's often said that a picture is worth a thousand words, as the image conjures up a myrid description of verbalized messages in the mind, tempered by the vast store of accumulated memory therein. For most, this may be the case as we are visual animals, easily relating to a graphic display as the mind works its magic through pattern recognition, igniting a flare of cognition as it flashes through the mindscape. However, I suspect that most people would derive the same mental experience as well by merely reading a string of words, especially pithy phrases like idiom, proverbs and the like. Here I have picked a Chinese phrase (shown to the right, and its English translation appearing as the title) that to me, best encapsulates the message and the sense embedded in my chinese brush painting of birds and flowers shown below.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

It's the avian world today

A sight of a bird usually conjures up a sense of graceful flight, elegant pirouetting, playful frolicking, and, rather paradoxically, dynamic stillness, poised to pounce while staying motionless, not unlike the lull before the storm. Let's see whether these bird paintings below could evoke such mental images in you.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

The Pandas are at it again

Being themselves.

Snuggling the young to sleep.

Family meal time.

Catching a nap or pondering?

Disco pandas.

I'm testing how pliant this bamboo is.

1001, 1002, 10 ... Shucks, you made me lose count again.

Good morning, teacher!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Care-free Pandas

Hubby downloaded more pictures of pandas from the Internet for me to paint, mixed in with my own selection of background features.

Ha! I finished ahead of you.

Now, you put yourself on top of the logs like so ...

Man, this is heavy work.

Here comes the lumbering me.

You're getting too big for me to hug. Sigh!

Hey! We are the Curious Georges' of the Pandas, except that we don't swing.

OK, I declare you flea-free.