Animal, Vegetable or Mineral?

Sir Mortimer Wheeler - Animal Vegetable Mineral - BBC TV
Sir Mortimer Wheeler – Animal Vegetable Mineral – BBC TV

This challenge was given to us by Pat in Norfolk and a very interesting one it was, too. After a certain amount of nostalgic reminiscing about the (very) ancient radio show on the wireless, one could literally hear the cogs turning as people realised what a lot of scope this gave us. The results were amazing and far-ranging.

Crabs Vegetables and Pot - Pat Jones 2021
Crabs Vegetables and Pot – Pat Jones 2021

Pat gave us a painting of crabs, taro and a colander in a style very reminiscent of Qi Baishi. I really liked the composition and monochrome look of this.

Rabbit Turnip and Blue Green Leaves - Sue Smith 2021
Rabbit Turnip and Blue Green Leaves – Sue Smith 2021

Sue Smith went for a rabbit, beetroot and mineral green/blue leaves which mirrored the upright ears of the rabbit. This picture made us all smile and the twist with using mineral colours was appreciated!

Dogs Grass Bowl and Ball - Kim Ashburner 2021
Dogs Grass Bowl and Ball – Kim Ashburner 2021

After wanting to do a painting of her two ‘granddogs’, Sully and Buzz, for quite a while, Kim used this opportunity to paint them at play and has really captured their characters. She included their bowls and grass for the remaining elements. Again I love the use of ink only.

Duck Reeds and Water - Reg Robinson 2021
Duck Reeds and Water – Reg Robinson 2021

Reg used this challenge to produce a lovely painting of a tufted duck, a bulrush plant and water. Another good composition and great calligraphy.

Squirrels and Inkstone - Claire Seaton 2021
Squirrels and Inkstone – Claire Seaton 2021

My own effort, after rejecting the idea of a plate of fish and chips, came to me following a workshop on the works of Xu Gu by Shuhua Jin. I realised that this example of his work contained all three elements: squirrels, bamboo brushes and inkstone.

From all this variety we decided that we liked a challenge with so much scope!

I hope this inspires you to have a go!

Claire

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