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Painting: Ink on Paper.
Grapevine of Life
My grapevine paintings show grapevines brushed in a pictorial language of sumi and Japanese watercolors on rice paper. This particular grapevine painting is a monochrome ink painting.
For those of you who have seen some of my other grapevine paintings, you already know that the Priorat, a unique wine country in Catalonia has inspired most of my wine paintings.
In the Grapevine of Life, I wanted to recreate the awareness of a pristine beauty present in those vineyards, a harmonious coexistence of nature and man, seldom found on cultivated land. The Grapevine Of life, standing against a licorella (slate) rock, is like a natural grapevine Zen garden.
And this is where the poem of the Chinese Tang Poet Han Shan, alias Cold Mountain, comes in. I brushed a vine-like calligraphy of the first four lines of this poem as companion of the grapevine.
I enjoy the simple path
between dark vines and mountain caves
the wilderness has room to roam
with white clouds for companions
there’s a road but not to town
only mindless men can climb
at night I sit on the rocks alone
until the moon comes up Cold Mountain
(translation by Red Pine, from his book The Collected songs of Cold Mountain)
This grapevine painting is mounted on a soft yellow silken scroll. The scroll has a natural wooden roller at the bottom.
Size of the scroll in cm: 206 x 81,5 x 0,2 cm. The wooden scroll adds 4,5 cm or 1.8 inches on each side.
The scroll will be shipped rolled in a traditionally-made silk box.
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