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Oil Paintings

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dscn4046Last weekend there was an oil painting biennial exhibit at the National Art Gallery of China. Plenty to see. Some I liked others looked like something anyone could slop together. That’s modern art for you.

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Any favorites? Comment below.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Alphabet

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Other great photos:

Restaurant Review

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Dianne, her student Emma and I went to Daming Lake on Tuesday for what’s become a weekly evening walk. Before the moon came out, we found a new, intriguing restaurant in a refurbished old shop by the canals downtown. The name is in Chinese and I can’t

While the exterior looks traditional, inside there’s a crisp, bright, artsy look.

Restaurant marked in red

Restaurant location marked in red

With Emma’s help we ordered mixed vegetables, fried tofu and what we thought was tempura rose petals.

The tofu was served in a dramatic manner. The server brought us a black plate with a circle of salt and the tofu stuffed inside foil. She lit the salt and flames heated the tofu before they went out. Then she cut a cross through the tofu to open it.

The tempura rose petals turned out to be tempura mashed purple potatoes, with rose petals as a garnish. Probably tastier than the petals we thought we’d get. I admit I first thought it was red bean paste inside and I turned up my nose at the dish. Once Emma said it was purple potatoes, I liked it. That says a lot more about me and psychology than the food itself.

The mixed vegetables, while not innovative were a tasty addition to the meal. We’d definitely return.

Poem of the Week

Hearing a Flute on a Spring Night in Luoyang

From whose home secretly flies the sound of a jade flute?
It’s lost amid the spring wind which fills Luoyang city.
In the middle of this nocturne I remember the snapped willow,
What person would not start to think of home!

Li Bai

Travel Theme: Subtle

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Ailsa of Where’s My Backpack challenges photobloggers with a theme this week. This week she’s asked, “Can you find a photo that feels understated, suggestive, subtle in its use of color?” If you would like to join in (everyone’s welcome!) here’s what to do:

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One Word Challenge: Blue

Imperial Robes

Imperial Robes

Jennifer Nichols Wells runs terrific photo challenges. This week’s is “blue.” Thus I offer a majestic robe from ancient China. Such embroidery!

You can see more lavish blues here.

It feels good to be blogging again. I’d had some trouble with annoying pop-up ads on Chrome or Firefox. Knock on wood, the internet has been tamed for now and I’ll be back in business.

Modern Art

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I returned to the Shandong Provincial to see their two new exhibits. Today I’m sharing some modern art by Liu Guo-Sung. He started with traditional Chinese painting and then got interested in oil painting in the West. Now he’s synthesized the two media and methods. Pretty cool stuff.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Patterns

Sublime

Sublime

Regal

Regal

Classic

Classic

Regular

Regular

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