Chinese Sketching Brush Strokes -China

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Portrait

Looking at the names of sketching strokes

in Chinese art, I see the country:

 

Ancient wavy silk thread

String

Iron wire

Moving cloud and flowing water

Leech

Nail-head, rat-tail

Wedge

Broken reed

Olive

Date pit

Willow leaf

Bamboo leaf

Shaking ripple

Earthworm

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Warrior Challenges His Friend – Beijing, China

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Peking Opera School

The warrior challenges his friend:

sticks for swords, young bodies swoop and lunge.

Play boots stomp on a pink Oriental rug.

Boys in workout gear,

black beards hooked over their ears

posture, eyebrows furrowed.

Teenaged girls are frivolous females,

fingers pointing, eyes dancing, white sheets

swirling.

Buoyant and tumbling, the loyal monkey

arranges himself on a lacquered stool,

his face clown white.

Fierce eyes, quick gestures,

gongs, drums and clappers

of hardwood and bamboo;

two men somersault,

a fight in the night.

 

Small as the stage is,

a few steps bring you far

beyond heaven.

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Van Morrison’s “Listen to the Lion” – A Tattoo

This is one of my favorite photographs. I was admiring this guy’s tattoo and asked him what it said. I was so glad I asked. We shared some stories and I learned about tattoos and this song. Van Morrison recorded “Listen to the Lion” in San Francisco. The Irish Gaelic translation of Listen to the Lion is tattooed on his arm.

Listen to the Lion” is a song featured on Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison‘s sixth album, Saint Dominic’s Preview (1972).