Seal carving - Pau Mo Ching 篆刻 -  鮑慕貞

Wintersweet and Nandina/Sacred Bamboo - Pau Mo Ching

臘梅南天竹 -  鮑慕貞

As Chinese New Year approaches, Ms Pau Mo Ching will always provide a painting that symbolizes the festivity for students to practise with. Last year, a painting of Chinese Lilies was provided. This year, it is Master Lee Fung Kung’s painting of Wintersweet and Nandina or Sacred Bamboo. While Wintersweet blossoms during the Chinese New Year, Nandina is a symbol of luck in Japan. This painting is indeed timely for the Chinese New Year. In addition to observing the composition and color of the painting, the students also learnt much about the two plants.

每逢農曆年,鮑慕貞老師總會提供一些應節的畫稿供學員臨摹。去年畫水仙,今年畫李鳳公老師的臘梅南天竹。臘梅中國古名蠟梅,因為顏色似蜜蠟而得名。此花在臘月(農曆12月)開花,故又被稱為臘梅。而南天竹在日本則有消災解厄的意思。學員細心觀察範本的構圖用筆色調,更要認識它們的生長形態。鮑老師示範臨摹了一幅,靜心所賞,似嗅到臘梅的香氣;一大串紅色的南天竹更添節日的喜慶。