Beijing Hutong Impression

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Ling says: I was born in Nanjing, China and was sent to live in a rural village with my grandparents. I still remember feeding a dozen chickens every morning, scraping off sunflower seeds in the fields, and devouring sliced watermelon under the tree canopies on many summer afternoons. Since then, however, China has transformed so much that the world I inhabited as a child belongs to a bygone era. As an artist, I wish to capture the vanishing beauty onto my sketchbook in the most spontaneous way. Therefore, when I was visiting Beijing, I did a series of watercolor paintings of "Hutong", the traditional courtyard residences. The hutongs reflect the culture of grassroots Beijingers, residential neighborhoods from the heart of Old Beijing. Since the mid-20th century, the number of Beijing hutongs has dropped dramatically as they are demolished to make way for new roads and buildings.
Ling Zhou
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Cassie, UncommonGoods

October 09, 2013 01:14:16 PM

Ling's watercolor painting captures a time and place-- preserving a moment in a changing culture for future generations to remember. Check out the product story to learn more about why Ling chose the subject matter for this piece, then let us know if "Beijing Hutong Impression" has your vote.

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October 15, 2013 11:49:46 AM

Wonderful piece

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October 15, 2013 05:59:10 PM

I just love this! I envision this Art on a flowing silk dress or tunic with an irregular hemline. Oh my, how beautiful that would be. Carry on with this beauty Ling

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