Archive for July, 2009

tea workshop…

Posted in Chinese culture, chinese tea, photographs with tags , , , , , , , , on 2009/07/31 by greenteadoodles
a pleasant atmosphere

a pleasant atmosphere

a delicate green tea

a delicate green tea

Taiwan Wulong

Taiwan Wulong

Puerh Tea

Puerh Tea

all ten brews for comparison

all ten brews for comparison

all ten teas - brew and leaves

all ten teas - brew and leaves

Last weekend, I visited a local teashop to participate in their inaugural tea workshop. The atmosphere was relaxed and intimate with just 5 of us plus the proprietor/tea expert. We sipped our way through 10 teas starting with the most delicate white tea, Bai Hao Yin Zhen which had a subtly sweet overtone and turned out to be an all round favourite with most, on to 4 very different greens teas, to the Wulongs which I love, then to red teas and finishing with a warmly earthy and strong Puerh, Ker Yi Xing Shou Bing Cha. It was interesting that in the end I liked the most extreme ends of the scale best this time even though for day to day, I mostly drink green and wulong teas. Perhaps it’s time to make a change!

Definitely a very pleasant as well as informative way to spend a couple of hours on a Sunday morning – highly recommended! In case you think this would be just for people very familiar with Chinese tea, we took a friend with us who is a tea neophyte and she enjoyed herself thoroughly as well.

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lotus girl…

Posted in computer art with tags , , , , , , , , on 2009/07/28 by greenteadoodles
on the lotus...

on the lotus...

I don’t think I have much to say about this image. It’s been in my mind for a couple of weeks. I’m working on a canvas which is related as well. I will be sure to post it – well, if I’m fairly happy with it!

Just to be clear, this is not meant to be me… I used to meditate somewhat regularly but haven’t for quite a while. It seems to be something that gets set aside when life gets busy – likely just when one needs it most! Anyway, I do tai chi and qi gong so for now those are the main meditative practices in my life.

I feel the girl in the image is stressed about something and having a hard time clearing her mind… So here’s a link a friend sent me recently of images which could disturb one’s meditation – don’t worry, PG rated!

image (cc) 2009 Hilary Farmer

Dongshan green tea…

Posted in chinese tea, photographs with tags , , , , , , on 2009/07/26 by greenteadoodles
Dongshan green tea - first brewing

Dongshan green tea - first brewing

It’s about time for another cup of tea!

I recently bought this lovely green tea, fresh from this year’s spring crop in mainland China. They were brewing it in the shop I was in last weekend and after a taste, I had to bring some home. It is not as light as some green teas, by that I mean that there is a feeling of some thickness on the tongue which makes it seem subtly richer, almost nutty. You can see above, the lovely, transparent colour of the brewed tea.

I like to make my green tea in that pot. It is an Yixing pot from China. The clay from that area is famous and reputedly makes the best teapots.  They come in all shapes and sizes. More on that one day perhaps! (For more information right now, click here!)

You can see in the photo below how beautiful the leaves are… very fine and green.

Dongshan green tea after first brewing

Dongshan green tea after first brewing

Adelia…

Posted in computer art, poetry with tags , , , , , , , on 2009/07/22 by greenteadoodles
the cause of all those sonnets?

the cause of all those sonnets...

Time for another plug for the Sonneteer. This time the illustration is Adelia, the focus of all those sonnets! She is a mix of qualities and it took me a few tries to come up with an imaginary portrait that I was happy with – and that TJ was also satisfied represented her tom-boyish beauty. Here’s the latest sonnet which speaks to Adelia’s looks…

You’ve made a few remarks about your looks
that seem to me at odds with simple fact
so I’ll enumerate a little book
of features that delight me, front to back:
Your short-cut curls of gold, your honey skin,
your wide-set eyes of deepest, clearest blue,
your strong, athletic and so lithesome limbs,
your balanced form, symmetrical and true.
It would be pointless to essay compare
with summer’s days or other abstract concepts;
your beauty is a concrete thing, so rare,
a balance of so many lovely percepts.
Yet still the whole is more than each small part
You soul brings unity to nature’s art.

sonnet (c) 2009 Tom Radcliffe

Romance aside, the sonnets are managing to comment on politics, history and pure science at a rate almost unbelievable given the restrictions of the medium. So if you find any of the above intriguing, check it out – most enlightening!

image (cc) 2009 Hilary Farmer

wading bird…

Posted in computer art with tags , , , , , , , , on 2009/07/19 by greenteadoodles
wading bird

wading bird

Today I felt like drawing this sandpiper. Sometimes it would be nice to have his sense of knowing where he’s going and why! He’s very purposeful. Aside from that, I’ve always enjoyed watching them (in nature shows only unfortunately – I’ve never actually seen a live sandpiper…) They inhabit an interstitial zone between land and sea – a bird on the border.

On another note, check out this link to The coming storm by an artist kind enough to put me on her blog roll – thanks!

image (cc) 2009 Hilary Farmer

today’s doodle…

Posted in computer art with tags , , , , , on 2009/07/16 by greenteadoodles
summer face

summer face

Just a doodle today… Trying out some new techniques in the background with blurring and smudging. It allows me to have something going on in the background but still have a sense of depth and give prominence to the face.

Hope you have a great weekend!

Image (cc) 2009 Hilary Farmer

Issa’s cat dreams… part 1

Posted in cats, computer art, haiku, Issa's Cat comic, poetry, webcomics with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 2009/07/13 by greenteadoodles
flying...

flying...

So am I a cat
dreaming I’m a butterfly
or really flying?

After eating a big fish all to himself – Issa’s cat definitely needed a bit of a nap and big meals can make for the most interesting dreams!

I thought I’d try writing my own haiku this time – Issa’s cat’s dream is based on the famous Chinese philosopher Chuang Tsu (Zhuangzi) story. One day he dreamt he was a butterfly. When he awoke he was no longer sure if he was a man who had dreamt he was a butterfly or a butterfly now dreaming he was a man.

As always, comments and alternate poetic responses are welcome!

image and haiku (cc) 2009 Hilary Farmer