NIGHT 344 – THE STORY OF THE MONEY CHANGER AND THE THIEF

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FORE-EDGE PAINTING 12

Building up the background at the same time as the insides of the beasts, as they are constellations… I’m not using them as solid figures as Siyah Qalam did, I turned them into constellations of stars

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NIGHT 343 – THE STORY OF AL MALIK AND HIS THREE WALIS

船 chuan boat

How to combine my art, my kid’s Chinese learning, my Chinese learning, our cultural awareness, my brushes, homeschool paddling pool physics lesson about floating (ok, I jest) – how to combine our whole life? Always trying to do everything and this was a simple idea for a Gesamtkunstwerk killing 5 birds with one stone. Because art and life are inseparable, are they not? Maybe some people disagree, I would love to hear their point of view.

On the back of my makeshift Clouds brush boat I wrote 船 chuan boat because… any opportunity for Chinese characters! Any opportunity to set it in a child’s (and my!) memory.

And of course a simple paper boat. These are going in my Door Buddha painting as golden boats (reminiscent of the golden Chinese sycee yuanbao ingots at Spring Festival Chinese New Year symbolising fortune) (any opportunity at all to be culturally aware… and this is just for Chinese learning. I am obsessed… luckily we are doing only one language at a time, mother and son. Otherwise… whole world of cultures to explore and be obsessed by… India, Persia, Russia… and actually the rest of the world 🌍)

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NIGHT 342 – THE STORY OF THE WALI AND THE CLEVER THIEF IN ALEXANDRIA

钱qian money

FISH
First step was to look in wonder at our paddling pool (now a temporary pond) because a fairy had left some (artificial) old Chinese coins there overnight, so fished for them
THREAD
Threading (fine motor skills, cultural awareness and fact that old coins have holes in them specifically for threading – also, the square in the circle ⭕️ profound symbol but maybe that’s for later) to make the Chinese character 钱qian money (older kids can knot coins into patterns)
COUNT
Figuring out how many coins make up the strokes (so, bigger number for the longer strokes etc) and sticking in correct stroke order (always)
WINGing it because maths not my strong point but am sure just counting is fine for now (other tips welcome)
RUB
Once stuck down did brass rubbing kind of in correct stroke order (I loved making rubbings as a kid)

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NIGHT 341 – THE STORY OF THE MAN WHO STOLE THE DOG’S GOLD BOWL

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FORE-EDGE PAINTING 11

For the background it sometimes helps to use a brush that has a calligraphic or italic edge. I should have used my Fire brush, which has this naturally too

My Siyah Qalam course times (the bull and the lion were originally painted by Siyah Qalam, the Master of the Black Pen) have changed – to 5.30-7.30pm UK time.

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NIGHT 340 – THE STORY OF THE MAN WHO STOLE THE DOG’S GOLD BOWL

Each brush is unique and excels at something different

Write on the raw wood handles of your brushes to remember Their Excellency

Ambassadors of paint between your hand and the paper

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NIGHT 339 – THE STORY OF HARUN AL RASHID, THE SLAVE GIRL AND ABU NUWAS

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FORE-EDGE PAINTING 10

The sketch. Just paint it straight, using paint to do the sketch, don’t bother with pencils… also pencils are a different material and I don’t know how they will hold over the years, whereas I am familiar with paint

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NIGHT 338 – THE STORY OF AL MAMUN THE YEMENI AND THE SIX SLAVE GIRLS

There is now a beach

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NIGHT 337 – THE STORY OF AL MAMUN THE YEMENI AND THE SIX SLAVE GIRLS

HERA

By Alexa Seligman

“HERA is dedicated to Vaishali Prazmari and to the other mothers who have given birth alone in these exigent times.”

My good friend the artist and filmmaker Alexa Seligman has dedicated her piece ‘Hera’ – inspired by the eponymous Greek goddess who gave birth to her son Hephaestus alone – to me and all the other mothers who have done a similar thing… it’s a beautiful 7 min film whose preview is available here: https://maternalart.com/blog/hera

I am touched – both by the film, filmmaker and another good friend who together with my family supported me in spirit throughout that long, long spring night ~

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NIGHT 336 – THE STORY OF AL MAMUN THE YEMENI AND THE SIX SLAVE GIRLS

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FORE-EDGE PAINTING 9

Finding the middle first

Always helps to centre oneself as well as the work

Such a simple thing yet so practical and profound

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NIGHT 335 – THE STORY OF AL MAMUN THE YEMENI AND THE SIX SLAVE GIRLS

Best art critic

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