Thursday, 2 July 2015

Continuing on in our series on color adjectives we come to Cang

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Wednesday, 24 June 2015

What's Green? A Color Test

When you look at the graphic below which color do you think of? Blue or Green? I was looking at how a green blue slip fired at the #bisque stage and started thinking about green and the problem of deciding when a character translates a blue or green.

Let's take the best known character / word / adjective  as the first example since this seems to be one that any #Asian language #SinoJapanese #SinoKorean #sinoVietnamese or #Sinitic dialect  that uses #hanzi derived characters or has loan words from Chinese  (also known as #kanji or #hanja) uses

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and just to complicate things one site said Blue in Korean is paran and Green chorasaek but only gave the Hangul and the one Korean speaker I know said
green is chorak ?  Thank You "K.." for letting me run a quick response test!

If you choose to comment please mention if you were viewing on a mobile or larger screen in case that makes a difference to color perception especially given my use of a  two color gradient fill as part of the test?

Saturday, 13 June 2015

Basho's CROWS

Crow or CROWS
#haiku scholars and fans often debate the use of #karasu in a famous #autumn #haiku by #Basho.

Kare eda ni / karasu no tomari keri  / aki no kure

Bare / dry branch on / at
crow(s) connective on / of stop
autumn end of or autumn sunset

Personally I give more consideration as to whether  kure means sunset or seasons end?

Given the reference to bare branches I prefer seasons end.

Regarding whether crow should be singular or plural may I note that  corvids flock!

I actually have a small raven clan living in the immediate area and even when the flock spreads out to feed if I see one their mate is usually near by and even after fledglings grow up and move away there's usually a consistent core group of five or six who stay together. I opt for crows plural unless Japanese crows behave differently?

Saturday, 6 June 2015

Another Autumn PNG for you !

Another Autumn PNG for YOU

#freebie #png  created with #inkscape #hanzi #kanji

I've trying to evoke ... invoke ... thoughts of autumn leaves fading with torn edges ... let me know if or how you use it?

Saturday, 30 May 2015


I've been busy editing images for scarves for #redBubble so here's My Autumn Giveaway #freebie copyright free public domain image for you to play with!
Also I just felt earlier versions didnt work or werent special enuff

Its  png format so have fun adding backgrounds and layers and let me know if it inspires anything! This was an svg file created using #inkscape and then exported as a png for uploading.

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

That Elephant Guy

#samantabhadra #buddhistart #boddhisattva #fugen

Wandering thru stores that sell chinese ceramics or buddhist supplies one could be forgiven for thinking Chinese and other Mahayana Buddhists only revere Kuanyin Hotei and the Buddha. I suspect there's a factory somewhere where some one said ... just change the hands in the mold!

There are other Boddhisattvas.




Patron of the Lotus Sutra Speaker of the 10 Vows of the Boddhisattva

Boddhisattva of Action and law this entity is also known as 
Chinese Fu Hsien Pu Xian Bo Hsian 
Korea PoHyon
Vietnam Pho Hien
Mongolia Qamugha Sain
Tibet Kuntuzanpo 

Paintings and sculptures usually depict him in a trinity or group with the Buddha or other Boddhisattvas but also sometimes on his elephant and other times standing or on a lotus throne.

The Tibetans seem to prefer depict him in Tantric congress. 

Saturday, 9 May 2015

Chinese Blue and White Ceramics

I started this series showing you a medley from various Asian nations and I'ld finish it just showing ceramics from China.

The Classic David vases

A Qing period piece

Ming dynasty

Note this has been reposted cos I just find out I uploaded it to the wrong blog!