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Water-and-Land Penjing

Penjing is the Chinese art of creating a miniature scenery in a container. It comprises three main categories, The first, Tree Penjing, is a form very much akin to the Japanese concept of Bonsai. The second, Landscape Penjing, rocks not trees, serve as the main artistic medium, and they are used to re-create distant views of vast mountain panoramas. The third, Water and Land Penjing, can be viewed as a synthesis of the other two forms where the artist uses trees, rocks, and water as design elements to create, in miniature, a more complete natural landscape. Click on this link to read the rest of this interesting article by Karin Albert

Penjing: Worlds of Wonderment - A Journey Exploring an Ancient Chinese Art and Its History
Penjing is the Chinese art of creating a miniature landscape in a container. Using trees, rocks, or a combination of the two, the Chinese artist seeks to express the beauty of a conceptual idea, to grant outward form to an inner vision. Penjing magically and succinctly captures the atmosphere and magnificence inherent in a natural landscape. The artist strives to express the mood and spirit observed in Nature and the emotions or morality instilled in him. Click on the above link to get more info about this book written by Mr Qingquan Zhao who is China's most outstanding Penjing master.

Also on Karin Albert's Penjing Website you will be able to learn more about the history, aesthetics, and spiritual background of Penjing and related articles, and view photo's of some stunning Penjing masterpieces and Chinese Viewing Stones, and more.

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