Wednesday, September 5, 2012

"Peaceful"

It looks that my calligraphy/stilllife painting works well in small format (5x7). Now I want paint a little larger. I did this 9x12 yesterday. The character in this painting means "peaceful". Many Chinese characters can be decomposed into simpler characters, just like some English words have "prefix and suffix". For this one, the upper part means "a house" and the lower part means "woman". So "a woman in a house" means "peaceful". I guess the better interpretation should be: if you are in a family, you will have a peaceful life. In our modern life, traditional family life is out of fashion. We emphasize more on individuals. Maybe that is the reason we don't have much peace nowadays.

6 comments:

Maryann Leake said...

I am loving following your art. This painting peaceful.. great insight on having a woman in the home and having a traditional home. thank you.

Johan Derycke said...

I'm very glad to be one of those old fashioned family men :D

Your thoughts make much sense to me.

HELENE said...

I also am following your art. I took your Marshield, MA workshop. Art is quite a journey.

Karen Werner said...

A beautiful painting as always. I love your comments about peace and family. I agree. "Food for thought" for all of us. Thank you.

paraskevi malouxou said...

very nice!!!

LindaHunt said...

I am in total agreement with you...your work is lovely.