Leroy Forney

Artist, Oil Painter

No Great Wall Today

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The plans were for most of us to go visit the Great Wall today.  But it is a bad air day, with the particulate count at 400 or so.  The US safe limit for particulates is about 50 I think, and the Chinese safe limit is 200 or 250.  Without a mask the air makes your teeth feel gritty, your eyes burn, and it interferes with breathing.  So we got together and decided to defer the trip to a later day.  The good part of this decision is that it gives us a bit more time to get our ducks in a row for the Open Studio event.

Suzanne, Dagur, visiting artist Alexei, and Anna consider whether to go to the Great Wall today

Suzanne, Dagur, visiting artist Alexei, and Anna consider whether to go to the Great Wall today

The Ba-Da-Bing Open House on Saturday will be in the large studio where Tomash, Petra and Dagur work.  It is across from the Imagine Gallery.  In spite of the amazing number of studios here in Feijiacun, the Imagine Gallery is the ONLY Gallery in the area.  That seems odd but then, many things in China seem to have their own logic that appear confusing.  It is just another part of the surreal discoveries that go along with being in China.

Tomash, Dagur and Petra take a football break between their studio and the Imagine Gallery

Tomash, Dagur and Petra take a football break between their studio and the Imagine Gallery

Keeping the ball in the air....

Keeping the ball in the air….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have four paintings that will be in Ba-Da-Bing.  They are in my recent “hanging” series, that I think does vaguely harken back to the scroll paintings and brush drawings of traditional Asian art.  They are oil on canvas, of course, in a size range from 24″ x18″ to 24″ x32″.  I really prefer the rod on the top to be half-round, but that isn’t available here so I had to go with the clunky square look.

China Wall #1.  No, it isn't really that blue - I shot it under fluorescent light.

China Wall #1. No, it isn’t really that blue – I shot it under fluorescent light.

China Wall #2, also blue.  And I think that is about enough of Chinese Walls

China Wall #2, also blue. And I think that is about enough of Chinese Walls

Power.  I'd like to do a series of such towers as they march over villages and houses.

Power. I’d like to do a series of such towers as they march over villages and houses.

Tricycle.  These transporters are ubiquitous throughout China.

Tricycle. These transporters are ubiquitous throughout China.

Yes, it's a selfie.  Meant to show how I look on a bad air day.

Yes, it’s a selfie. Meant to show how I look on a bad air day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Author: Leroy

A scientist by training, I retired to travel, then landed in Philadelphia to paint - and recently, to explore alternative materials for art. Currently I create Bas-relief Cardboards as my unique environmental medium.

One Comment

  1. Why the “X” on the top painting? Was graffiti? Artist frustration? Abstract layer of meaning or design?

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