Back in Wellington and reflecting on a journey to the Middle Kingdom.
It all went pretty smoothly and the preconceived ideas one has about places were pleasantly altered . China is not a country , but a concept .
It is like their food,so many different kind of dishes.
Most of the flavours were fantastic , but most of the time I didn't know what I was eating . But had a wild guess.
The same as things work in relation to one another .
China is like an Onion with so many layers .
The population already is beyond our comprehension , Xiamen is a small town with the population of New Zealand.and progress is everywhere .
It grows in front of ones eyes.
I travelled a couple of hours to the North and to the South , but that doesn't mean anything over there , also the history , one deals with thousand of years .
Likewise the ethnic groups are very varied . All this makes for hopefully in the future of China a great soup with lots of different flavours .
Because it is quite a Han culture .
But on the TV there are now more programmes about their cultural difference.
About the Arts , the dealer Galleries as we know it , are still being developed. That was in Xiamen , Beijing of course is a different matter.
Their foundation to their art works is helped by their writing , people grow up with the brush , but if it comes to expressing ones thoughts to paper that part is undergoing a large metaphor and hopefully is getting more aligned .
I saw some amazing works by some independent Artists , but most of it was still steeped in the old culture . , or copies
Mind you most of our culture is copying itself to death in lots of cases as well .
Anyhow it was an amazing trip and it will give me lots of inspiration to carry on with my own works .
I have updated the full block with photographs to give an impression of my journey .
In the next block I will update you with the progress of my painting I started in Xiamen and hope to finish in the near future .
Also , I have twelve sets of eight cards left and sell these for 20 dollars per set for those who are interested .
They show earlyer on in this blog about China.
If you want to see more works of mine go to http://www.robertfranken.co.nz/
Adios Amigos Robert