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The Grapevine Of Life, I Enjoy The Simple Way Of Life
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The Grapevine Of Life, I Enjoy The Simple Way Of Life Painting

Nadja Van Ghelue

Painting, Ink on Paper

Size: 32 W x 81 H x 0.1 D in

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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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Painting:Ink on Paper

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:32 W x 81 H x 0.1 D in

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My artwork comprises Zen calligraphy, watercolor and ink paintings, and abstract calligraphies. My mediums are ink, watercolors and natural pigments on rice paper, mainly Xuan paper. I wield the Chinese and Japanese brush, preferably the flexible sheep's hair brush. Many of my Zen calligraphies express the Emptiness teaching from the Heart Sutra, which has been the original inspiration for my Japanese calligraphy artwork. Other calligraphies focus on the teachings of the Diamond Sutra, Platform Sutra, or depict Zen koan, Zen poetry or single kanji. In my watercolors and ink paintings I strive for a pictorial synthesis of the subject, in the spirit of Japanese ink painting, using bold washes and vivid brush strokes.

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