Monday, April 27, 2009
KNOCK, KNOCK, WHO'S THERE....?
On a cloudy day like this I have no plan, no inspiration (how is that possible?!), but enough of a smidgen is smoldering that I know something in my large picture file will make a post.
Living conditions in West or East of the globe are vastly different. This picture is taken looking down from a studio apartment in a Chinese city, from the 11th floor. What else is there to do in the middle of the night, and you're not sleeping because you have jet lag:)
The curious thing about bath rooms in this apartment in China, and even in youth hostels, is that the shower and the toilet are so close together, that after one's shower the whole bath room is soaked for days, because if there is a ventilation system, it hardly works.
Oil, 24 x 30, St.Germain
Believe it or not, I could integrate the pic on top for the painting City Lights. Although I love the city, last year was my first painting of city buildings. No matter how many man made lights shine in a city, it can still be a dark place. Gods lights, represented by the orbs, shining in the darkness is the only way the city can really become a place of light.
The pic below is taken in a city of another part of China. A "hutong" is a residential area, off of one of the main streets. This is the entrance to such a hutong, which consists of a maze of little alleys like this, with one-room tiny houses.
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Even though houses or apartment buildings may be "new" (not 10 years old yet), they look old, because there is no upkeep or painting of the outside of the buildings.
This lady walking in this alley is well dressed, so in this country she is not considered poor. Everyone in this hutong shares a bath house. I don't know if this is common for hutongs
Oil, 12 x 16, St.Germain
I wished that I could have painted this plein air. But I was already such a conspicuous person, just by obviously being "Western" that I was careful not to invade their privacy even more, by looking at details of their stuff, such as a bike, the outside of their house, etc.
By the way, bikes, motor bikes and scooters are the main way of transportation (next to buses and metro) in this country. Only the rich have the cars. Taxi is a major way of transportation for tourists.
On the North West side of the globe, living conditions are rather different. This is a 40 feet long living room/kitchen/art studio in California in an all-American middle class neighborhood.
To have a front and back yard is very common in such a neighborhood. This one is actually on the small side, since it is in a large metropolis like New York, Chicago, or Los Angeles.If the lady from the hutong and the one from the spacious living room in California would meet, the first one would say to the latter that she is wasting space. Unfortunately, she would have plenty reason to say that, because the 3-car garage (last pic) where all the excess stuff is piled in, is probably the size of 2 hutong houses. Our living spaces, dear bloggie friends in America, is something they cannot understand in most other countries of the world.