Ye Ye or Grandfather


For centuries Chinese children have learned calligraphy by writing characters within boxes in order to understand their structure and proportions. When I was in China I bought children’s text books on calligraphy. Each work page shows a correctly drawn character. The children copy this in a graph under an image illustrating the word. The characters luck, long life and grandfather are represented here. The two-dimensional chart and stencils give a nice balance to the three-dimensional portrait. The image came from one of my photographs of a farmer we met while walking in the countryside. He had five children. Later we learned he had seven. Two were girls but they didn’t count.

‘Grandfather’ mixed media on canvas 36″x26″


2 thoughts on “Ye Ye or Grandfather

  1. Hi Carla – I love the Chinese characters and the bamboo pipe and the man’s face, but I don’t love that the daughters don’t count — but it’s a lovely painting! xoxo, glennie


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