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Light’s victory has found its place!


Light's victory has found its place! ©copyright2015owpp

Light’s victory has found its place!
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Yes! It has found its hanging spot! Doesn’t it look better than the close ups I posted not too long ago…
Proper lighting helps too.
(Posted on 1st December 2014) for an explanation on the Theme of this painting see, https://oawritingspoemspaintings.wordpress.com/?s=Light%27s+victory

Looking forward to read your impressions 🙂

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PAPER SCULPTURES (Chinese paper sculptures stretch imaginations in New York)


Even though this video is only English spoken at the end of the film & I couldn’t find one with under-titles, it is fascinating as a new art Technic which I found on instagram by justanotherartgallery & thought I might search on YouTube to see if I can get more explanation on the artist & his way of working which I did to my surprise!
(seeing him work makes it easy)
I hope you’ll enjoy it as much if not more 🙂

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Published on 23 Jan 2014
The line of pure white busts sitting amongst the dust in Li Hongbo’s Beijing studio could be found in any art classroom around the world.
That is until the 38-year-old Chinese artist places his hands on one, lifts gently, and what had seemed like solid plaster transforms into a live, amorphous mass.
A roman soldier stretches like elastic, a pretty English maid suddenly rises like a terrible phantasm. They are neither plaster nor clay, but concertinas of thousands of fine pieces of paper.”At the beginning, I discovered the flexible nature of paper through Chinese paper toys and paper lanterns. Later, I used this to make a gun. A gun is solid, used for killing, but I turned it into a tool for play or for decoration. In this way, it lost both the form of a gun, and the culture inherent to a gun. It became a game,” he said.

To make his sculptures Li uses a stencil to paste glue in narrow strips across large pieces of paper that he then sticks together to form blocks of 500.
He stacks the blocks to the desired height — an average bust is over ten blocks or 5,000 sheets of paper high — then cuts, chisels and sands the large block just as if it were a piece of soft stone. Born into a simple farming family, Li said he has always loved paper, first invented in ancient China. He has spent six years producing a collection of books recording more than 1,000 years of Buddhist art on paper.
In his recent works, Li has consciously produced only perfect replicas of classical busts and shapes he used to sketch at university. The denatured human forms may make some people squirm, but Li says he uses the archetypal figures to make audiences concentrate on the material, not to shock.

“‘Strange’ and ‘unsettling’ are just adjectives used by some individuals. In fact, people have a fixed understanding of what a human is, and think that a human cannot be physically manipulated, so when you transform a person, people will reconsider the nature of objects and the motivation behind the creation. This is what I care about,” he said. His exhibition ‘Tools of Study’ at the Klein Sun gallery in New York has earned him plenty of attention across the Pacific since it opened on January 9th.
Gallery assistants pull the twenty pieces around on their plinths for visitors, but not being allowed to touch pieces themselves leaves some feeling unfulfilled.
“You know, when you can open it, there’s movement, there’s mobility, it becomes a dynamic thing versus a very static thing. You know, but it’s like, of course, as an observer, it’s like, I can only enjoy that momentum or that movement of the object if someone opens it for me. It’s so funny, because it’s like, enticing. You kind of want to play with it but you can’t,” said one visitor, Lydia Chrisman, on Tuesday (January 21).

Li is aware of this irony, and at a show in Sydney provided small models for the audience to play with. But it could be for the best. Though he refused to disclose prices, growing demand for his works means the cost of a real one would probably stretch your wallet.
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Seeking quietude & thank you’s!


Seeking Nirvana :) ©copyright2015owpp

Seeking Nirvana 🙂
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Just to give a sign of presence after a small pause between posts!
I have tried to like & comment as much as possible but find it hard to get on WordPress every day as I did previously.
It has been hectic lately here & feel in dire need of quietude.
Winter is usually a time where one slows down a bit, keeping more indoors, weather being the major cause but apparently this year was a bit of an exception.
I wanted to express my deepest gratitude again & always for the constant faithfulness of my followers, likes & comments throughout my rather inadequate ubeity 🙂

Life is easy. Why do we make it so hard? Jon Jandai at TEDxDoiSuthep


The last time I posted a video was in December. I select the material & post only what is in my eyes valuable information so, when I found this in the first comment of Theecograndmablogspot.com from “Cat” I had to share it with all of you.
It opened my eyes to a way of thinking that was always there had but had to be reminded of & had to be brought back into focus…
Enjoy it!

Uploaded on 3 Aug 2011
Jon is a farmer from northeastern Thailand. He founded the Pun Pun Center for Self-reliance, an organic farm outside Chiang Mai, with his wife Peggy Reents in 2003. Pun Pun doubles as a center for sustainable living and seed production, aiming to bring indigenous and rare seeds back into use. It regularly hosts training on simple techniques to live more sustainably. Outside of Pun Pun, Jon is a leader in bringing the natural building movement to Thailand, appearing as a spokesperson on dozens of publications and TV programs for the past 10 years. He continually strives to find easier ways for people to fulfill their basic needs. For more information visit http://www.punpunthailand.org

About TEDx, x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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My new painting! Les pavés de la vie – Life’s cobblestones.


Les pavés de la vie ©copyright2015owpp

Les pavés de la vie
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This painting is very close to my heart, it belongs to the Theme I’m working on, of life & it’s journey. I’m sure you remember Evolution trek (I have posted previously) Odyssey is another.
Les pavés de la vie represents life’s course. Notice the nuance in texture, colour, cracks & shapes of the cobblestones & interpret it in your own personal experience of life and growth along the way…
I used about three liters of paint for the under layer & around two kilos of plaster for the cobblestones which makes it quite a heavy canvas!
Before hanging it, in order to prevent it from falling & breaking, I had to make sure the hooks were well placed by drilling proper holes in the wall.
I am posting here all the painting’s stages.
Let me know.
I truly enjoyed your comments from last post 🙂
Thanks to all of you for your words of encouragement & likes!

Details of the cobblestones ©copyright2015owpp

Details of the cobblestones
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Where it all started... ©copyright2015owpp

Where it all started…
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2nd layer... ©copyright2015owpp

2nd layer…
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About 2 to 3 liters of paint to start with. ©copyright2015owpp

About 2 to 3 liters of paint to start with.
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1st layer of plaster ©copyright2015owpp

1st layer of plaster
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Introducing you to my latest painting… Nuit étoilée-Starry night!


Nuit étoilée (starry night) final result! ©copyright2015owpp

Nuit étoilée (starry night) final result!
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It is not easy to juggle two different types of Media facilities (Instagram LIFE_PAINTINGS) at least for my generation, born with computers being a rarity 😉
Nevertheless, I finally got down to post my latest work!
I’m curious & excited to get your feedback for this one.
I enjoyed so much the whole process that I got straight back on to another project after that!
The stars are faithful to the Jackson Pollock method which I find myself gravitate toward from time to time…
Here are the 1st & 2nd Gesso layer.

Ground layer for Nuit étoilée ©copyright2015owpp

Ground layer for Nuit étoilée
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2nd layer ©copyright2015owpp

2nd layer
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