"The Gate of Harmonious Interest"
9" x 12" - Oil on Canvas
The last painting of the challenge . . . . . . . .
Since it is Chinese New Year tomorrow, (year of the Horse), it was suggested that I paint something with an Asian theme. Something involving lucky red envelopes and fortune cookies. I had good intentions!!! I always have lucky envelopes on hand and I even bought a bag of fortune cookies. Alas, before you could say "Bob's your uncle" (yes Laur, I know he is!) my boys devoured them!!!
As I wasn't about to venture out to the grocery store last night, I decided to paint the Gates instead. A little history. . . .the gates are at the entrance to Chinatown here in Victoria and were erected in 1981. It was a joint project between China (where it was built) and Canada. Two inscriptions allude to this cooperative effort: "To work together with one heart" and "To help each other achieve harmony."
I've been hanging on to this picture for quite a while now. I sketched this in last night and it wasn't really as difficult as I had anticipated. Honestly, the trees intimidated me more than anything. I see that I have the right lion off just a bit. I'll need to fix him. This was very fun to paint and I now have an intimate knowledge of the gates. For all of these years I've seen them, but not really SEEN them.
That's it folks! That's 30 and I lived to talk about it. Thank you so much to everyone who has followed every day! I appreciate all of your wonderful comments. Without you, it wouldn't have been nearly so fun! A big thank you also to those of you who purchased my paintings. Deb, I will get yours in the mail next week.
Gung Hay Fat Choy!!! (Happy New Year)