May 092011

Here are photos of my latest piece – a small (12″ x 8″) thank you to a friend.  I painted the Chinese calligraphy with ink on fabric, then stiched around the edges.  I had to fuse the white fabric to another piece before painting on it.  With one layer of fabric the ink ran too much.

The Chinese is : 为人生之艺术 wéi rén shēng zhī yì shù 
It means “Art is for Life”  My calligraphy teacher showed me how to write it and I have been practicing for a few months.  I try to write characters over and over until it feels right or my hand falls asleep!

“Art for Life,” 12″ x 18″, 2011

“Art for Life,”detail

“Art for Life,”detail

“Art for Life,” detail with signature and chop

Wei Ren Sheng Zhi
Signature and Chops
May 042011
Balloon and flower seller – Xinda Lu market

The traffic during market – watch out!

Pineapple is in season

Peeled and cut expertly – no extra charge

Bunny or hamster?

I think these are the famous flying Wallenda hamsters

Did he eventually buy one for his girl?  Don’t know – we moved on…

May Day holiday brought out lots of people in beautiful spring weather.  Brian and I wandered along Xinda Lu past Mingzhou Lu into a sprawling market selling everything – toys, bunnies, plants, food and clothes.  I like the Chinese market – you can walk through and look without hassle.  I took a lot of pictures – people are proud of their work and willing to explain what they do.

Traditional Chinese Herbs and Tea

Another view

Pu-er Tea