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The Wanderer by moyan The Wanderer by moyan
chinese ink painting, kisshou watercolor on minou washi.

inspired by the poem Tian Jing Sha, A Thought of Autumn by ma zhi yuan, a chinese poet during yuan dynasty.


天净沙、 秋思

诗 马致远
画 默言

withered cane on the old tree with raven,
a small bridge over running stream by a house,
ancient path with west wind and a skinny horse;
the evening sun sets in the west,
a despondent soul at the end of the world.

Tian Jing Sha, A Thought of Autumn

poem by ma zhi yuan
painting by moyan
renchen 10th month 28th

work in progress here:

by #dALinkSystem, look at lone wanderer by ~Jastorama

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"for comment/critique contest, december 2012" This artwork is simply beautiful , its simplicity and its impact shocked me. It is amazing.

That being said let me start with the vision. Its simplicit yet compact details show just how elegant such artwork of this leuge can be. I love how the colours blend together and form a sort of union to create the vibrant detail you have portrayed in this peice of art.

Next shall be the Originality i find that this picture tells a story , in this case in the form of a poem. The man with his horse and the crow/raven cawing , it is all very unique and seems to have a deeper meaning to it.

The technique and impact can be put together for i think this peice is both technical very detailed and its impact for that reason is much greater. Good job and keep up the good work! ^-^
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For your comment and critique contest.

The overall image is beautiful, excellent use of Chinese brush work. The wanderer and the horse are eye catching and bring the eye to the foreground, but the house is still easily visible. The subtle use of colour in the sky is also pleasing to the eye.

The only area I feel could be changed would be the characters at the bottom, they look a little cluttered and make the painting look slightly cramped. The stamp at the bottom also looks over shadowed by the characters. Perhaps having them on the right side instead of the tree would work better?

The use of blank space that is commonly seen in water and ink paintings is very well done and helps draw the eye to the darkened highlights of the painting.

Overall, beautiful work, eye catching and reminds me fondly of home after being away for some time. Wonderful work of shades of black and grey, and colour that give the piece a memorable look.
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Damast3r Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2015  New Deviant Student Traditional Artist
I lobe traditonal art :D. I am also Chinese
gunnysac Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2015
This is stunning. May I use this for walpaper on my Tablet?
xuedi Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2015
tai bang le !!
monochom Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014
the fate of a wondered... haha.. I've reached your drawing.. I like the poem.. quite a lot even... I look at the picture.. a very friendly one.. I don't feel a feeling of despair and of wretchedness.. it is more like coming home/being tired maybe? .. there is the crow and there are some shadows .. but it all feels safe..
florecitalin Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Story telling and can feel many emotions out of this artwork. This grips me at the first sight. 
VikingOwl Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love it
Xeyetic Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014
I wish I can do somthin' like this.
Anyway wonderful work!

ventimocha Featured By Owner May 6, 2014
Amazing interpretation of the poem. My mother is a chinese traditional brush paint artist, and it thrills me to see a more modern treatment of the traditional art.
Banzai-sk Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Professional General Artist
КАКАЯ КРАСОТА !!!!  Размышление, философия!!!! 100 +
jesusmarvelite3 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this is beautiful.
moyan Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks so much :)
LiberumEqua Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013
No problem. :aww:
zaphodis42 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013
Looks awesome!!
Xx-Complexity-xX Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ScoutingForGeeks Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I had this picture as my computer desktop background, my Mum saw and she absolutely loved it. She was entranced by the simplicity of the lines, the open spaces and the subtle colours, she also loved how you captured the essence of the horse. Keep up these beautiful works :D
Tiger-Kai Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Professional General Artist
Beautiful. ^-^
GokuMartin Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013
Oh well, I'm the type of guy who will never settle down
Where pretty girls are well, you know that I'm around
I kiss 'em and I love 'em 'cause to me they're all the same
I hug 'em and I squeeze 'em they don't even know my name

They call me the wanderer
Yeah, the wanderer
I roam around, around, around

Oh well, there's Flo on my left and there's Mary on my right
And Janie is the girl with that I'll be with tonight
And when she asks me, which one I love the best?
I tear open my shirt I got Rosie on my chest

'Cause I'm the wanderer
Yeah, the wanderer
I roam around, around, around

Oh well, I roam from town to town
I go through life without a care
And I'm as happy as a clown
I with my two fists of iron and I'm going nowhere

I'm the type of guy that likes to roam around
I'm never in one place, I roam from town to town
And when I find myself fallin' for some girl
I hop right into that car of mine and ride around the world

Yeah I'm the wanderer
Yeah, the wanderer
I roam around, around, around

Oh yeah, I'm the type of guy that likes to roam around
I'm never in one place, I roam from town to town
And when I find myself a-fallin' for some girl
I hop right into that car of mine and drive around the world

Yeah, 'cause I'm a wanderer
Yeah, a wanderer
I roam around, around, around

'Cause I'm a wanderer
Yeah, a wanderer
I roam around, around, around

'Cause I'm a wanderer
Yeah, a wanderer
HD-up Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Student General Artist
This is beautiful!
ayoowishes123 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Student General Artist
omg did you paint that
scornedlove Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013
this is beautiful
Montteiro Featured By Owner May 23, 2013
A simple and great composition! Congratulations. :aww:
pray-then-go Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Student General Artist
The painting is beautiful. The poem - which, thankfully you shared - helped bring out the essence of your work. Awesome job! :)
Jnrmp Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Student General Artist
I love the oriented feel of this painting. The scenery is fantastic and the characters are well designed.
alomhordozo57 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013
Amazing art work!
Wolfpup12 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
when i look at this painting i get a peaceful and nostalgic feel to it. Amazing! :)
UltimateDesktops Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
Just awesome! Definitely a :+fav:!
magoleth Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This picture has an amazing atmosphere. I really like the soft and simple colors on it.
Cheboboh Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This is amazing! More please :D
marob0501 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
your work has been featured here [link]
moyan Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :)
marob0501 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for making your jewel, so I could feature it with pleasure
morphinascream Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
It's very very beautiful!
Sana-Ra Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013   Digital Artist
Nice picture!
EstherJones Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This looks really beautiful:)
LordColts Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
Very nice! =D
Sidian07 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Student General Artist
How wonderful!!
LostGryphin Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Love the details and the colors - the mediums/materials you used are amazing!
Jujinkai Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist
Exquisite, your craft is honed extremely well and is a delight to see it get better and better with every post. :ahoy:

detourhk Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
A very good picture. Nice drawing and wordings
Tallkat Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
love it absolutly love it
Aibo2 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Simply wow - added to favourites.
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