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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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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 General 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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