Chinese Wind god

painting

Here’s my latest oil painting:

wind god

I’m rereading Pu Songling’s Strange Tales of Liaozhai, so there was a lot of Chinese mythology on my mind lately. The Wind god idea is not from the book though. I was impressed by the Wind god temple in Tainan that we accidentally stumbled upon during my latest trip to Taiwan (by getting off the bus randomly in an unfamiliar part of town), so I looked up some information about Chinese wind deities on the web.

There are different variations of the Wind God’s appearance in Chinese mythology. Some texts describe a bird with a deer’s head, and some tell it the other way around – a deer with a bird’s head. There are also mentions of leopard patterns and a snake’s tail. I chose the bird-body-deer-head version.

Here are some in-progress photos of the painting:

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P.S. Art Prints of the painting (along with canvas prints and other products)  are available in my Society6 shop:

http://society6.com/product/wind-god-f7v_stretched-canvas#6=28

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Buying fruit – Mandarin Chinese textbook sketch

drawing

Following a long discussion with my colleagues about the illustrations in the Mandarin textbook we use at work  (which are not too great, to put it mildly), I came up with a quick sketch for the topic I was teaching this morning – buying fruit.

Mai shuiguo - textbook illustration sketch

Taiwan photos #2

painting

Tainan:

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Tainan 2

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Tainan 4

Tainan 3

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Tainan 6

Taiwan photos #1

painting

Taipei:

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Taibei 2015 1

Taibei 2015 3

Kaohsiung:

Kaohsiung 2015 1

Kaohsiung 2015 2