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Cold Mountain River...

©Janis Zroback

Toronto, Canada

Artist's Description


From a thousand hills, bird flights have vanished;
on ten thousand paths, human traces wiped out:
Lone boat, an old man in straw cape and hat,
fishing alone in the cold river snow
…Liu Tsung-Yuan 773-819
When I read this poem I knew I had to paint it…cryptic in every sense of the word, there is no mention of silence, yet we feel the incredible quiet that surrounds the fisherman in his aloneness…
I am really pleased with the way the painting turned out…as with all Chinese Brush paintings, it was done alla prima, wet on wet, painted in a loose but controlled way, with a simple mix of two colours..
It was touch and go as to whether I could convey, “ten thousand hills, with no human traces”, but it was more about what I left out than what I could have included, that conveys the vast emptiness of the landscape..
I think I succeeded, or at least I hope so…
Watercolour on Arches Not Paper
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