Archive for February, 2010

Dream and Poetry…

Posted in Chinese culture, chinese poetry, computer art, poetry with tags , , , , , , , on 2010/02/28 by greenteadoodles

It’s all ordinary experience,
All ordinary images.
By chance they emerge in a dream,
Turning out infinite new patterns.

It’s all ordinary feelings,
All ordinary words.
By chance they encounter a poet,
Turning out infinite new verses.

Once intoxicated, one learns the strength of wine,
Once smitten, one learns the power of love:
You cannot write my poems
Just as I cannot dream your dreams.


Hu Shih (胡適) (trans. Kai-Yu Hsu)

ever studious..

Today’s doodle courtesy of my studious friend. He didn’t notice I was drawing him until I was almost finished… and yes! he’s practising writing Chinese!

I found the above poem recently and wanted to share it. The poet is Hu Shih (胡適) a 20th Century Chinese poet who pioneered the use of common language (as opposed to classical) in Chinese poetry and philosophy.

image (cc) 2010 Hilary Farmer


today’s doodle…

Posted in computer art with tags , , , , , on 2010/02/24 by greenteadoodles

sleeping beauty

Just another random face doodle today… think fairy tales…

image (cc) 2010 Hilary Farmer

winter crow…

Posted in computer art with tags , , , , , , , , on 2010/02/21 by greenteadoodles

winter crow

I was walking on the mountain yesterday and noticed a crow perched on an improbably high branch which inspired this doodle. It was a lovely day – soft (for February) with a pale winter sun occasionally breaking through the clouds.

This morning we participated in a tea tasting – just of Taiwan wulongs! ten different ones… It was quite eye-opening. Although I already had a good idea that there is a huge range of flavours within this family of teas, it really was remarkable. The aged Wulongs had an especially strong range of flavours. While I often enjoy strong flavours, I found myself gravitating towards the greener, fresher-flavoured varieties. I won’t get into the details of which one seemed to me like over-ripe olives, which like burnt chocolate and which like flowers on a sunny day… There are real experts out there discussing tea and if you are interested in the world of Chinese tea, check out the links to the right. If particularly in Wulongs, here’s an interesting article on Taiwan Dong Ding Wulong. (Note: due to transliteration differences, Dong Ding = Tung Ting and Oolong = Wulong)

image (cc) 2010 Hilary Farmer

the skier…

Posted in computer art with tags , , , , , , , , on 2010/02/18 by greenteadoodles

the skier

Today’s doodle is loosely inspired by the Olympics. Go Canada!

image (cc) 2010 Hilary Farmer

today’s doodle…

Posted in computer art with tags , , , on 2010/02/17 by greenteadoodles

considering the facts...

I think I said before that when I’m relaxing I often end up drawing faces. This was one of those times. It isn’t anyone in particular or even a character in a story but I  think she’s pondering something pretty carefully. She looks like she has a difficult decision to make…

image (cc) 2010 Hilary Farmer

gazing towards far off shores…

Posted in computer art, poetry with tags , , , , , , , on 2010/02/15 by greenteadoodles

what's out there?

Another random doodle today. Something about this pictures makes me think of Scotland… maybe she’s gazing after her highland chief… although in the poem which comes to mind, everything ends rather badly for all concerned. For some reason, the only verse I remember is the second last of fourteen.

‘Come back! Come back!’ he cried in grief,
‘Across this stormy water;
And I’ll forgive your Highland chief,
My daughter!- oh, my daughter!’

If you want to read the whole tragic tale, it’s called Lord Ullin’s Daughter. When I found this link I also found out that this poem is one of the top ten requests at the Scottish Poetry Library. On checking out that site, I got a kick out of the featured poem there by the poet of the month, John Hegley, called “An Address to potential aliens”

Isn’t the internet wonderful!?

Just to be clear, this isn’t meant to be an illustration for the poem – it’s just not stormy enough! Maybe it’s the day before… and why is she wearing a Fair Isle sweater? That must be an anachronism lol!

OK, enough links for a while!!

image (cc) 2010 Hilary Farmer

lingering duality…reharmonizing the universes…

Posted in cats, computer art with tags , , , , , , , on 2010/02/11 by greenteadoodles

lingering duality

reharmonizing the universes

Well, if you haven’t been following the comments for the last few posts, these images will seem very strange! I’m trying to imagine a visual conclusion to the story that came about as a response to the doodles I was posting… so it has become a back and forth dynamic and lots of fun! I actually did the second image first but then thought of the second idea as I was heading out the door to work this morning. So here they both are. I am not sure if they are alternate endings or part of the same ending. I guess we’ll see soon when (we hope) Tom Radcliffe takes a little more time out of his busy life to write the (I’m sure) surprising conclusion to our otherworldly, yet Montreal-based, adventure! To read the whole thing start here reading the comments.

images (cc) 2010 Hilary Farmer