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Vegetable Series by Randy Au

In John Wayne Airport, I discovered these whimsical ceramics by Randy Au at the Thomas C. Riley Terminal after going through security. Each piece resembled a beautifully decorated vegetable.

“The series was awarded a Gold Medal in the “Discovery Award 1993” for Craft in California. It has also been a part of the invitational exhibition at the prestigious “DinnerWorks” exhibit in Louisville Kentucky, “Teapot Show”, Ferin Gallery in Northampton, Massachusetts; “Pacific Craft Show’, Orange County Museum of Art and featured on the “Modern Masters” series of the Carol Duvall Show for HGTV.”— The Flying Cup

Look for this display till March 2023!

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Mid-autumn Festival Doodles

The four doodles I did were the Jade Rabbit, Moon Goddess (Chang E), the moon and a mooncake with tea. These images were well ingrained into the traditions of Midautumn Festival.

Mid-autumn Myths And Traditions

1) The Jade Rabbit, also called the Moon Rabbit, is a rabbit that lives on the moon. In Chinese folklore, it is often portrayed as a companion of the moon goddess Chang’e, constantly pounding the elixir of life for her. However, in Japanese and Korean versions of the story, it is just pounding mochi or tteok.—- Wikibooks

2) The Moon Goddess’s myth revolved around her drinking an immortal elixir and floating up to live on the moon.

3) “A mooncake is a Chinese bakery product traditionally eaten during the Mid-Autumn Festival. The festival is about lunar appreciation and Moon watching, and mooncakes are regarded as a delicacy. Mooncakes are offered between friends or on family gatherings while celebrating the festival.”—Wikipedia

4) The Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as the Moon Festival or Mooncake Festival, is a traditional festival celebrated in Chinese culture. Similar holidays are celebrated in Japan (Tsukimi), Korea (Chuseok), Vietnam (Tết Trung Thu), and other countries in East and Southeast Asia.—Wikipedia

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Washi : 和紙 Japanese Paper Art Exhibit

Washi (和紙) is traditional Japanese paper. The term is used to describe paper that uses local fiber, processed by hand and made in the traditional manner. Washi is made using fibers from the inner bark of the gampi tree, the mitsumata shrub (Edgeworthia chrysantha), or the paper mulberry(kōzo) bush.As a Japanese craft, it is registered as a UNESCO intangible cultural heritage.—- Wikipedia

At the Nikkei National Museum, this exhibit showcased the works of the artists, Naoko Matsubara and Alexa Hatanaka. Both used washi paper in their own way to show its versatility and durability.

Which piece looks the most interesting?

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Art Inspiration: Midautumn Bunny

Working on a midautumn festival piece…..

Do you know the story of the bunny in the moon?

The Moon rabbit or Moon hare is a mythical figure in East Asian and indigenous American folklore, based on pareidolia interpretations that identify the dark markings on the near side of the Moon as a rabbit or hare. Wikipedia

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Art Inspiration: Cute Slime Birthday Card

Just for fun, I drew this for my friend’s child’s birthday! I remembered how my own little ones used to love slime too!

Did you ever like slime?

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Art Inspiration: Litten (Quick Lesson)

Here is my quick art piece that I did for my second graders on the white board. They really like Pokémon, so this is their choice!

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Art Inspiration: Peony

A friend was getting married and I noticed that there were peony flowers on their website….

So, I picked up my pencil and watercolour pens….

And began sketching…..

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Art Inspiration: Cat Of Love

This art inspiration was inspired by 4 Cats Studio.

Meow meow

Do you feel

The love in the air?

Sending a message

Of love

And looking for

A soul mate

This kitty has hope

To find its best friend

In you!!

——-Chocoviv

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