Beatrice (Jiaozuo, China) is a painted ink portrait by Dave Alber, Travel Artist.
2018 Chinese ink on paper
7.4 x 9.6 in
This early painting is done in the style of the Chinese brush paintings. It has bold brush strokes and simple lines in black ink like Chinese art since the Song Dynasty.
The red Chinese stampis “David” in Chinese (DaWei 大伟) in Han Dynasty characters. The Chinese seal (Chinese artist signature stamps) is the traditional way of authenticating Chinese art.
The Chinese ink painting is done in a series of washes building up layers of depth and contrast in the final black ink.
“I painted this Chinese-style ink portrait for Beatrice’s university graduation. The graduation was in the morning at Henan Polytechnic University (HPU).
“The weather forecast predicted that it would rain, but it was a bright sunny day with wonderful weather to enjoy the graduation of the first sophomore class of students that I had ever taught. They were just entering university at the time that I was just beginning teaching, so we were all new to the whole university experience (each in our own way.)
“Emotionally, it was important to me to see these students graduate. It felt like completing a circle — completing a cycle of change and transformation— entering and finishing the university teaching experience with the same students. We were different people from when we started. Life had touched and transformed us. We were more knowledgable, more proficient in the world. In the intervening years, I had gone on to teach in Saudi Arabia and visited other countries, however we had all done this, completed this cycle of change together.
Dave Alber creates Travel Art and Travel Writing. His Travel Art shares an experience of wonder at our cultural continuity and universal humanity. His recent Travel Art exhibitions INTIMATIONS and Ravages of Time & Permanence of Wonder are in Kunshan and Suzhou, China respectively. Dave’s comic art and illustrations have appeared recently in That’s Shanghai, Suzhou Review, Shaving in the Dark, Open Magazine, and Nepali Renaissance. His comic “Bedding Shanghai” was featured in the Shanghai International Literary Festival. You can receive Dave’s art book Dave Alber: Travel Art: 2018 Part 1: Intimations for free at ILoveTravelArt.com. Dave’s longer Bio and Artist Statement is here.
- 23 paintings reflecting adventures in China, Myanmar, and Nepal
- four travel articles
- two pages of hand painted comic art
- and one delicious recipe for cooking Mandarin Fish
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