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A Year Of Painting Moon Gate

Whenever I see a beautiful landscape, I can't help myself from thinking about how to paint it. Living in Canada makes my fingers itch, there are so many magnificent places I want to paint! So I started this project on Earth Day, 2017; to paint one little Canadian nature scene every day for a year.

I call it Moon Gate because I love the idea of concentrating a view in a circle like a Moon Gate doors.

Many years ago I visited the gardens in Suzhou, China. The gardens were built hundred years ago and designed by famous artists of the time. Suzhou gardens were designed as many gardens combined together to create a view a series of meticulously composed scenes.

Everything in the gardens is beautiful and delicate but what I love the most are the Moon Gates. They are circular openings in the garden walls that act as passageways and help air flow through the garden. Moon gates are also designed to capture the most beautiful scenes in the gardens. I miss the experience of looking at the quiet and peaceful green gardens through them, one after another.  I hope my circle paintings of Canadian landscapes translate the same experience I had in the Gardens.

On each of my paintings, there is a little red stamp on the top right: 月洞 is the traditional name for moon gate in Chinese, 月 means moon and 洞 means hole. The circle doors were named after the moon because a full moon signifies happiness and good wishes in Chinese culture. I hope you will enjoy one year of my work!

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