Saturday, March 24, 2007

Gateway to The Forbidden City

Gateway to The Forbidden City
25.5cm x 20.5cm. 10 in x 8 in.
Oil gesso board.

Beijing again with a crowd of people coming into the Forbidden City through the main gateway. It is winter and a snowfall has made outside even brighter, the stone floor is wet with melting snow. Huge shapes of terracotta and ochre, masses of people wearing blue or green and light flooding through. The memories are still sharp, echoes of many footfalls, voices in a language that I don’t understand become like music and the cold air rushes in carrying strange unfamiliar smells.

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