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光影之河--梁明明的油画·摄影

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Flowers in the Wind  

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                                                                         Flowers in the Wind

                                                                              By Huang Shijun 

                                                                           Translated by Ye Zhixiong

 Watching Mingming’s paintings, you will find yourself in the dept of the nature, wind and original, far away from the noisy city and forgetting all the worldly troubles. You breathe the fresh cool air, feel the flowers dancing around and smell the fragrance of the grass. It is the artist who brings you to a lively atmosphere of nature, through the forest and across the waters; wherever you are, you are enjoying yourself the freedom of life.

  It is said that art is not a profession but a result of fate that may cause one’s life running a risk in the furnace. As for Mingming , painting is doomed to happen in her life because she is so devoted to it and she has never considered whatever risk an artist will be involved in. On her part, portraying is an approach to the extreme enjoyment of self-expression. She has never had a concrete plan for the composition while running her brush and her idea is always gradually formed during the course of painting. She depicts not merely the likeness of the object but the effect of the environment on it. A soft breeze’s raising the curtain of the window, a beam of sun ray’s dropping in the room, a tiny drop of rain’s falling down from the sky, the changing of the weather and even a sudden strike to the mind of a past experience will affect the composing of her picture. It is her unique sensitivity to the world that brings her to a kingdom of free portrayal full of human feeling needless to prefix any intention.

  It seems that Mingming paints very improvisatorially, but in fact every stocks is perfectly concepted; never has there been a line of surplus, nor there been a dot unneeded. One will hardly succeed in making a painting without a proper handling of the subject matter, nor can he succeed in making it by over handling, which will damage the wounds of cut and chop everywhere.

  Mingming is sensible in handling her brushwork and colour, applying them simply and purely as possible so as to leave an endless space for the viewers’ imagination.

While painting flowers, Mingming is never content with their apparent beauty but in pursuit of the sense of life. Wherever there is the element of life, there is something we should treasure. Fresh flowers imply a certain state of life, so do the dried flowers. In the eyes of the artist, whatever exists in the world implies a certain state of life. Everything has its soul. Though people commonly compare fresh flowers to birth and dried flowers to death. Buddhism believes that birth and death are both alike, either of them being an indispensable ring of a chain of life. Birth and death should be considered as the different from or state of the existence of life. There is no definite dividing line between them. This is what a unique idiosyncrasy of the artist in her mind, which results from her virtues, pure and original, and results in the unique aesthetics of her own. She likes to paint the flying catkins, dried flowers and autumn grass in dry brushstrokes. They may lack the freshness and elegant gestures, but are vigorous standing in groups and heads, so natural and powerful, filled with energy.

“Not the Flowers” is one of her favourite oil paintings. Most of her paintings of flowers are improved according to the same principle as is applied to the painting “Not the Flowers”. Whether they look like or unlike the real flowers is not important. What really counts is the effect of the impasto of pigments, which flicker and attract the viewers` eyes. Fresh flowers symbolize life, so do the flying catkins, the fallen blooms and the dried grass in Mingming`s painting. Life is the whole course of constant recovery from wound and hurt and finally rebirth. Life is not the extravagant and drilliant appearance but the simple and energetic implications. It is the limited space of the composition, “Not the Flowers”, that Mingming provides the viewers with a real sense of life, so pure, open and poised. It is “Not the Flowers” themselves are to be portrayed but the whole process of life.

Standing at the picture, one will suddenly finds himself being rid of the worldly thoughts and occupations and feels a great relief .

 

Flowers in the Wind - 明明 - 光影之河--梁明明的油画·摄影

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