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Silent Night's Meditation by moyan Silent Night's Meditation by moyan
black and blue chinese ink, with white maxon comic ink.

a long overdue 10k kiriban gift (for haiku account *moyanII ) for ~gondring

but i think it's worth the wait. my friend had given me a very inspiring theme: mountain at night. i took my time to search for references and inspiration. and then, the right time came when i have just the poetic mood to translate the idea into a painting.

the poem in calligraphy by Li Bai (701-762 C.E.), also known as the Poetic Deity from the Tang dynasty:

床前明月光
疑是地上霜
举头望明月
低头思故乡

bright moonlight in front of my bed
i mistake it to be frost on the floor
i raise my head to gaze at the moon
and bow my head in reminiscence of my hometown.

(translation is very literal, sorry about that. i'm unable to come out with an english parallel that rhymes in such a pleasant, sing-song manner of the chinese original.)

only the last two lines were included in the painting.
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gondring Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
Came through because my computer wiped itself, had to find this again. Still one of my all time favorites, and am still thankful for the piece!
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tangerine-blossom Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this painting really speaks to me... :) it's got both the depth and the lightness - so that it seems so real that it really draws you in but at the same time you see it's very elusive. well done! :)
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seftonswan Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012
江畔何人初见月,江月何年初照人
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Xmas-freak-hikaru Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is just magical...:omg:
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LMonster2 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a very beautiful inked picture.
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prussiancrimsonheart Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012
I love the mood that the setting portrayes!
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dejan-delic Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Stunning piece. The colors, the mood...everything is just beautiful.
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Acelice Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012   General Artist
This is absolutely gorgeous :D Incredible!
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moonlightstar8 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011
This is amazing <3
It's really beautiful! I love landscape art
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studentsofmanga Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011  Student Digital Artist
This is great! So pretty!
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lisabindy Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011
WOW!!!! This is simply amzing, beautiful, but yet haunting at the same time.
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Pixturesque Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011   Photographer
这幅画的真好!:D
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insidethistower Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011  Student Writer
This is gorgeous.
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yellowsmoke321 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
pretty landscape
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JenniferMulkerrin Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Professional Photographer
this is really incredible!
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:iconthe-rogue-eighty-six:
holy fuck, that's beautiful.
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Blue-Moon98 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011
Wow, beautiful and gentle, I love how the moon is softly glowing!
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oanaaaaaaa Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011  Student Photographer
so beautiful
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VerdjoniCat Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow!!! *W*
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JewelsMarie Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011  Professional General Artist
Very Nice!!
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:iconisolitude:
ISolitude Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011
What a beautiful painting this is! The moon is beautiful, I love how it is almost hidden from us.
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LadiDeath Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011
That is AWESOME
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beoaransaol Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazingly beautiful. Keep it up!
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ArunaWolf Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Stunning work :clap:
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lasako Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011
O.o; There isn't words to discribe how epic I find this. >.< This is fantastic!!
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ANTI-WARHOL Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for the super llama!!! Your work is really something to behold! I must visit slowly so that I do not see it all at once...patience is something I am learning. I do really like your work!!!
Thanks again!!!:)
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DuneTheHutt Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Student Digital Artist
*jawdrop*
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royalcain Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Student General Artist
So beautiful. T-T
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wanderlust300 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011   Traditional Artist
stunning and so serene...
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Iolii Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011   Traditional Artist
this is breathtakingly awesome!!!! I love it!
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hadu48 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011  Student
How nice...:)
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hwesta220 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wowww, your drawings are beautiful!!!
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13thMuse Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really beautiful. You use a very soft and minimalist painting style, but there's quite a lot of depth to the scene. It's really lovely.

I can't speak Chinese at all, but I've seen that poem before, in the book Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. It made me happy to be able to recognize it. :aww:
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alinsa Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Professional General Artist
wonderful! I love it. The poem is so beautiful and it's perfect with the illustration :)
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cheshirekster Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011
wow, gorgeous!
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pokepixies02 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011
thanks for the lama
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Arisnow Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Professional General Artist
love ink paintings and this one is gorgeous!
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etumil Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011
I like this one, it is by far my favorite.
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Zengeist Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011
That is soooo awesome!!! Kudos!
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TheJoanaPADJ Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011
Beautiful....
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Lodchen Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow, thats awesome!
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enamel-hearts Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011
Gorgeous! ^^
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MagpieCatso Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011
So beautiful!
Makes me feel like I'm standing at the edge of a cliff...

I've always liked the poem too. :D
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floatingorchid Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011
Wow it's beautiful.
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fractalinda Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011   Digital Artist
Very impressive!
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mialka Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011  Student Photographer
wooooooooooooooooooo me encanta!!!!!!!! ^^
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Mangavampiria Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful!
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thewanderermusician Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
this is totally beautiful. your art is amazing, i wish i could do something like this. :love:
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Size-And-Stupidity Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011  Professional Artist
This is stunning!!!
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uranium-ultrasaurus Featured By Owner May 3, 2011   General Artist
beautiful landscape.
you captured it well :]
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