60 WuXing Snapshots 2016

ALL THE WUXING PAINTINGS AVAILABLE AS A CHINESE NEW YEAR GIFT HAVE NOW BEEN TAKEN. Thanks to those who responded to my message, and apologies to anyone who missed out on a free painting. The last two series are available for sale, framed, at $1500 each.

These small ink paintings play with ways of abstracting nature. WuXing refers to the five interacting forces of Chinese cosmology. Basing each painting on just one of these forces—wood, fire, earth, metal or water—leaves me free to experiment with abstract texture and pattern, color and connotation. Their smallness is important to my process, not only because I work with small brushstrokes and richly pigmented inks, but because the “snapshot” metaphor is so liberating. All sixty paintings were exhibited at the Foundry Annex in Corvallis, Oregon, in May 2016.

Media: principally pigment-based watercolor ink on 100% rag acid-free paper; may also include acrylic ink, vinyl paint, graphite.

Size: 8.5–9 inches square with deckle edge.

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  • Wood 1

    Wood 1

    TAKEN

  • Fire 1

    Fire 1

    TAKEN

  • Earth 1

    Earth 1

    TAKEN

  • Metal 1

    Metal 1

    TAKEN

  • Water 1

    Water 1

    TAKEN

  • Wood 2

    Wood 2

    TAKEN

  • Fire 2

    Fire 2

    TAKEN

  • Earth 2

    Earth 2

    TAKEN

  • Metal 2

    Metal 2

    TAKEN

  • Water 2

    Water 2

    TAKEN

  • Wood 3

    Wood 3

    TAKEN

  • Fire 3

    Fire 3

    TAKEN

  • Earth 3

    Earth 3

    TAKEN

  • Metal 3

    Metal 3

    TAKEN

  • Water 3

    Water 3

    TAKEN

  • Wood 4

    Wood 4

    TAKEN

  • Fire 4

    Fire 4

    TAKEN

  • Earth 4

    Earth 4

    TAKEN

  • Metal 4

    Metal 4

    TAKEN

  • Water 4

    Water 4

    TAKEN

  • Wood 5

    Wood 5

    TAKEN

  • Fire 5

    Fire 5

    TAKEN

  • Earth 5

    Earth 5

    TAKEN

  • Metal 5

    Metal 5

    TAKEN

  • Water 5

    Water 5

    TAKEN

  • Wood 6

    Wood 6

    TAKEN

  • Fire 6

    Fire 6

    TAKEN

  • Earth 6

    Earth 6

    TAKEN

  • Metal 6

    Metal 6

    TAKEN

  • Water 6

    Water 6

    TAKEN

  • Wood 7

    Wood 7

    TAKEN

  • Fire 7

    Fire 7

    TAKEN

  • Earth 7

    Earth 7

    TAKEN

  • Metal 7

    Metal 7

  • Water 7

    Water 7

    TAKEN

  • Wood 8

    Wood 8

    TAKEN

  • Fire 8

    Fire 8

    TAKEN

  • Earth 8

    Earth 8

    TAKEN

  • Metal 8

    Metal 8

    TAKEN

  • Water 8

    Water 8

    TAKEN

  • Wood 9

    Wood 9

    TAKEN

  • Fire 9

    Fire 9

    TAKEN

  • Earth 9

    Earth 9

    TAKEN

  • Metal 9

    Metal 9

    TAKEN

  • Water 9

    Water 9

    TAKEN

  • Wood 10

    Wood 10

  • Fire 10

    Fire 10

    TAKEN

  • Earth 10

    Earth 10

    TAKEN

  • Metal 10

    Metal 10

    TAKEN

  • Water 10

    Water 10

    TAKEN

  • Wood 11

    Wood 11

    For sale only, in a framed set (see below).

  • Fire 11

    Fire 11

    For sale only, in a framed set (see below).

  • Earth 11

    Earth 11

    For sale only, in a framed set (see below).

  • Metal 11

    Metal 11

    For sale only, in a framed set (see below).

  • Water 11

    Water 11

    For sale only, in a framed set (see below).

  • Wood 12

    Wood 12

    For sale only, in a framed set (see below).

  • Fire 12

    Fire 12

    For sale only, in a framed set (see below).

  • Earth 12

    Earth 12

    For sale only, in a framed set (see below).

  • Metal 12

    Metal 12

    For sale only, in a framed set (see below).

  • Water 12

    Water 12

    For sale only, in a framed set (see below).

  • WuXing 11 series and WuXing 12 series, framed

    WuXing 11 series and WuXing 12 series, framed