Midstream, in China

Here’s a quick video of where we were last week. I think China might just be an extension of Middle Earth…or the other way ’round.

“To Sweep the Sky”

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“To Sweep the Sky” – SongShan, China – Pastel on Canson, 16×20″/41×51 cm

“To Sweep the Sky” – Pastel on Canson, 16×20″/41×51 cm
I often wonder what it felt like to be the first human being to set foot here. Some of these trails were blazed thousands of years ago by explorers who returned home to speak of legends. Here, the rocks rise up to sweep the sky. As I hike through the ravines and across cliffs guarded by lofty spires, I am accompanied by the spirits of the first visitors. The legends they told were true. I am witness. To me, such places speak of home.

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“Molto Vivace”

“Molto Vivace”

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“Molto Vivace” – Taiwan – Pastel pencil on sandpaper, 5.8×8.5″/124×215 mm

“Molto Vivace”
-Pastel pencils on sandpaper, 5.8×8.5″/147×215 mm
We headed out yesterday morning after several days of rain, climbing up into the volcanic hills as we followed one trail after another. You can do that around here. There are trails all over these hills. On the way down, we passed by this tree. To me, it’s a reminder to live fully!

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“Intermezzo” – Soft Pastel

“Intermezzo” – Soft Pastel

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“Intermezzo” – Taiwan – Soft pastel on sandpaper, 8.7×5.3″/22×13.4 cm

“Intermezzo” – Taiwan – Soft pastel on sandpaper, 8.7×5.3″/22×13.4 cm

Beitou has a wealth of local trails. Danfengshan is a favorite. In the middle of a busy week, you can walk down past the park and head up into the steep hills. It’s a great workout for the legs, and you’re surrounded by dense woods until you break out on the ridge. The view outward is expansive. The weather’s good tomorrow, so we’re going back up there!

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“Steadfast” – Pen & Ink

“Steadfast” – Pen & Ink

20180210_Steadfast_PearLk_PI_140x104mm“Steadfast” – Pen & Ink, 5.5×4.1″/104×140 mm

It took hours to hike in, and it was worth every step. At lunch, we sat by an emerald lake in silence. A few more miles brought us here, surrounded by peaks that–eons ago–had been buried under heavy ice. These were the stalwarts, those that remained standing after all else had been scraped, carved and carried away. They stood cracked and broken, yes, and crumbling even as we watched, but steadfast nonetheless. This peak was but one of many. So are we.