Mountains and Rivers Without End

This portfolio, Mountains and Rivers Without End, takes its’ name from Chinese landscape scroll paintings where the scholar travels through a long series of dramatic landscapes. The journey is symbolic of our journey through life and the many scenes we encounter.

The Li River valley has inspired artists, poets, painters, scholars and travelers for centuries with its amazing lyrical landscape. Painters such as Ch”i-Shan Wu Chin, Shou Chuan, Shan-Shui have painted the Mountains and Rivers without End. These paintings in the Freer Gallery, Cleveland Museum of Art, and Tokyo Museum of Art create the feeling of the journey within us.

The three perfections are contained in the paintings Painting, Poetry, and Calligraphy. The handwritten poems, freedom of brush, and colophons represent the moment of creation, and history of ownership. They  enhance the meaning of the painting and the circumstance of it creation.

The Artist sketches, paints, writes, photographs and must transmit his meaning or feeling in the art to represent it’s purpose. So the poet or artist transforms his experience into a metaphorical representation of what he saw or felt.

These metaphorical representations of the mountains and river contemplate what the poet, scholar, painter, photographer connect together into a greater symbolic meaning within the image.

The Poet sees the beauty in these mountains and takes it home to be reborn in his sculptures, rock gardens, bonsai, painting  and poetry, So that others may see his inspiration from this magical place and its’ metaphorical connection his art.

The Li River supporting  life along its banks. Even today in modern times everything references the river. Food, commerce, water, life depend on it. It journeys to the sea flowing with this knowledge.  The  mountains standing above, observe its flow. Between heaven and earth they frame the space and time. They hid in the clouds and haze, stand in the bright light of the rare clear day, shape the night sky with their shadows and mystery. Framing our view of heaven. River, Mountain, Sky the perfect Feng Shui.

The Images:

View from Yang Shao Bridge

Mountains in the Still River

Dawn Mountains in Mist

Scholar Stone in River

Art Imitates Nature, Levitating Bonsai

Scholar Stone, Mist and Mountains

Scholar Stone Fighting Dragons

Mountains and Rivers without End View 6

Mountains and Rivers without End View 1

Water Buffalo and Mountains

Li River, Mountains and Fisherman: Panorama of the Mountains and River at Dawn.

No Heart-Mind Peace: Panorama of the Mountains and Rice Fields at dawn. Heaven above watches over the beauty of nature. Man travels his road and labors in the fields amid it’s splendor.