Monday, June 28, 2010
A beach carnival of seaglass and seashells in bright red, orange, pink, yellow and purple!
Wedding white seaglass, seashells, corals and sanddollars arranged on lace!
Dream-like colors in English seaglass multies - send a card with this pic to get your friends hooked on collecting seaglass!
English red seaglass multies - dream of every seaglass enthusiast!
Typical of English seaglass multies, the mixture of blue, green and everything in between is magical!
Pool blue - a sea of blue English multies!
Opposite and Complimentary - super rare orange seaglass on a sea of cobalt blue.
Opposite and Complimentary - harmonious as black and white on a piano keyboard.
Opposite and Complimentary - what more need to say with a sea of hearts?
Seasons - Spring is here with pastel colored seaglass of all textures and shapes!
Seasons - Summer with the blazing sun and the blue blue sky!
Seasons - Winter. Snowball on my overcoat is actually English pure white seaglass!
Seasons - Autumn with its fiery colors!
In a frenzy of inspirations , beautiful images in my mind are put to reality with seaglass that I have aquired during years of beachcombing and tiredless online bidding! I have categorized them into 'seasons', 'opposite and complimentary' and 'English multicolors'. More are coming - I just can't work as fast!
These photos (in much sharper details) are available as blank greeting cards of 4x6 inches with white envelopes.
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Born and brought up in the city, I am fascinated by anything old and rural. A recent visit to an island that has preserved its century-old way of life sparked my interest in traditional Chinese houses, front doors in particular. These doors are like a time portal, through which one travels back to a different culture, a different way of life!
The traditional Chinese houses almost always have their front doors facing south, and backdoors to the north. This has the wisdom of letting in the cooling south wind through the front doors in summer, while shutting out the freezing north wind from the backdoors in winter.
The Chinese pay much attention to symmetry and balance in everything, this is also reflected in their architecture. I can see that symmetry in doors that are opened in the middle, with hinges on both sides. Comparing to a single, bigger, heavier door, the action of pushing open two smaller doors is a much more balanced movement!
Decorating both sides of the traditional Chinese doorways are caligraphy 'duilian', blessing the occupants of the houses. These are sometimes made up and written by the heads of the families, exhibiting their wit and knowledge! These duilian, paired poetry or antithetical couplets are sophisticated and quite interesting - they are exactly matched in number and meaning of each character. Read more about it here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duilian
Symmetrical painting of guards from heaven are sometimes pasted onto each door, to protect the occupants from evil spirits. Doors are always painted red, which stands for justice, positive energy and luck.
These decorations are usually renewed yearly before Chinese New Year.