Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Living in harmony ...

... means accepting each other, celebrating each other, and supporting each other.

Monday, August 30, 2010


Peony and butterflies reunited!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Saturday, August 28, 2010


A pair of butterflies hovering around the Chrysanthemum on fan-shaped paper conveys our gratitude on the good things that have happened in life.

Friday, August 27, 2010


Yesterday's outlines become today's GongPi paintings, featuring the same combination of lotus and butterflies imprinted on a fan-shaped paper.

Thursday, August 26, 2010


Birds and bamboo conjure up a beautiful contrast of liveliness and dynamism on one hand and resilience and quiet rectitude on the other. The last two images are drawn in preparation for coloring in tomorrow, the basis for the GongPi style of Chinese brush painting. You're welcome to download them to try your hand at it.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Happy Duckies

There is a popular Chinese saying that the ducks would know the first hint of the warmth of Spring. Just observe the happy duckies frolicking in the warm water of Spring.

Friday, August 20, 2010

New Horizon

A pair of butterflies frolicking with the Blue Irises constitutes the subject of today's rendition.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Leading the way ...

... are the Blue Magpies, poised to take off, and the butterflies, positioned to alight.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Having a good time ...

... is seeing butterflies pirouette around the peony in a mutually magnificent setting.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Whole-Hearted Devotion

Peony in its many splendor, by way of the GongPi (elaborate) style of Chinese brush painting. Since several weeks back, I have taken on a student of sort; actually two to be exact, a lady friend and her daughter. But the daughter has gone back to school after the summer break. That leaves two of us, exploring the fascinating world of painting, truly a journey of boundless discovery.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Sunday, August 15, 2010


Simply roses.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Just like old times

Bamboo is a main feature in Chinese brush painting, symbolizing resilience.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Perched in mid-air

That's what birds do, sometimes swaying with the rhythmic motion of the stems or branches.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Panda Love

The love of a mother cuts across the animal kingdom: here the Mama panda is doting on the baby panda.

while the Papa panda is feasting on bamboo.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Small but complete

Sparrows are small but on the plump side with short but powerful beaks. There is a popular Chinese saying that though sparrows are small, they have all the five major organs that matter. That is, don't be deceived by the lack of size even though size does matter in certain aspects.

Sparrows are common, and like to hop around, like on springs.