#O104: The Inner Pattern

Landscape on canvas paper. Also an invented landscape. I start with a wash of thin Raw Sienna into which I wash Red Oxide with random wild strokes. I then take a cloth and wipe away some shapes and stand back. If I am lucky, a landscape like this one steps forward…

A poem by T’ao Ch’ien, translated by David Hinton:

I couldn’t want another life. Tending 
fields and mulberries— it’s my true 

calling. I’ve never failed it, and still,
against hunger and cold, there’s only 

hull and chaff. I never wanted more 
than a full stomach. All I’ve asked is 

a little rice, heavy clothes for winter 
and open-weaves for summer heat. 

But I haven’t even managed that. O, 
all this grief cuts deep. And character 

is fate. If you’re simpleminded, life’s 
ways elude you. It’s the inner pattern: 

no one’s likely to change it. But then, 
I delight in even a single cup of wine.

David Hinton. 
Classical Chinese Poetry: An Anthology (p. 119). 
Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Kindle Edition.

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10 thoughts on “#O104: The Inner Pattern

      1. That’s a puzzle. But response or no, it’s a stunner of a little painting. I love coming back to see it again while making this reply because it’s so still and wonderful. We have weather outside right now a little like what this painting seems to evoke and I’m loving the real thing too — a balmy, quiet, suspension of time — a sense of the power of Nature emanating from its repose. This is one of the ones I’m copying to my computer to enjoy in a little “museum without walls” of art I find on the internet that inspires.

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  1. Thank you so much for sharing your technique with this painting. I’m a bit like a blank canvas myself right now, you know…just soaking up ideas and inspirations. On my first painting, I did use a rag to wipe a little color away in the sky, but not because I knew what I was doing. I just had too much paint on the canvas 🙂 I did like the effect it created though, and now you’ve given me more thoughts on using that technique. Your landscape is lovely. You’ve managed to capture a quiet mood. I’m undecided if I’m seeing the scene shortly before sunrise, or shortly before sunset. Either way, it’s definitely evocative of quiet moments and solitude.

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    1. Thanks Judith, I am glad it was of value to you. Remember, even experienced painters are feeling their way, unsure of technique and the creative process. Finding your OWN WAY by doing hundreds of paintings is the best way to learn. Just trust yourself and enjoy your mistakes!

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