Saturday, 22 November 2014

Shu Hua Tong Yuan

#chineseart #asianart #proverb

Shu Hua Tong Yuan
Calligraphy Painting Same Source

Okay that translation's too "concise" but you get the idea

(I have used a horizontal alignment for those of you reading on mobiles or small screens so it also functions a header)

Using Calligraphy and Painting share a source or origin may seem odd but bear in mind Chinese Painting usually involves OUTLINES to start.

The "boneless" expressionistic ink play style evolved later.

Notice what the top part of both SHU and HUA is?

The ideogram depicting a hand holding a tool.
Originally this was a stylus but the modern form looks more like a tapering brush making strokes !

The oldest art we have western or eastern is usually a dot or a line!

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Okimono Two

More about #okimono

Copyright Julie Vaux 2014

I've seen the Japanese word Okimono translated a number of ways

oject d art artistic object ornament sculpture statuette  art object etc
literally it means put up thing something you put up for display usually on a traditional tokonoma alcove so it could be in its broadest sense a bonsai a doll a ceramic vessel a scroll several things 

Where Chinese might use Xiang ( ZOO in SinoJapanese) Japanese uses Xiang and this word also.

Oki CHI oku The Chinese is zhi tone 4 

Thursday, 6 November 2014


#sydney #okimono #jizaiokimono #japaneseart #dragon

Okimono is a word that gets translated as Object of Art Statue Statuette Ornament but basically means put up (on display) Thing Oku +mono due to the Japanese custom of displaying small objects in the tokonoma alcove.

One variety of okimono I've also been fascinated by are the articulated statuettes like this one. Yes that dragon is not one solid casting ! 

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Blue Yu

#asian culture #hanzi #chinese characters #blueyu #speculation 
Copyright Julie Vaux 2014 

I first found this character while I was idly opening pages at random in a dictionary and something about it caught my eye especially after seeing the modern meaning. Yes this is a moment of sheer poetic fantasy but suddenly I had this "vision" of a depressed Han or earlier dynasty scribe / scholar a northerner exiled to the southern jungles trying to create a compound character that expressed his mood. 

On top we have a drinking vessel between two trees drinking amongst the forest and below a word / character often translated as wine and I cant help wondering which fermented fruit liquor someone was getting stuck into. Rice and millet were not the only things used to brew alcohol in ancient China. 

Yes I'm guessing but what's your guess as to the origin of this character?

Wednesday, 22 October 2014



#tea #chatswood #Sydney #exhibition
While I was researching for the next series of posts I found this notice at Willoughby Library


25 Oct - 3 Nov 2014  Opening 25 Oct Saturday 11AM

I don't know what I'll be doing on Saturday ey but I'll try to check it out if not then next week.

Th PR card at the library said its sponsored by and the opening day will feature #pipa music #calligraphy #brushpainting plus displays of teaware

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Osmathus Saga 4

#Osmathus Saga 4

Copyright Julie Vaux 2014 

More info on the #hanzi #mokusei #quehoa #osmanthus

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Osmanthus Saga 3 more pictures

This is what the #osmathus plant's fruits also called drupes  and flowers when its white  look like.

Go back to the two previous posts in this series?

More next week!