White on Black Sketch #2 “Thinking of You” (Shuidiao Getou) – a poem by Su Shi

In honour of tonight’s full moon, a white-gouache-on-black-paper sketch inspired by a poem by the 11th-century Chinese poet Su Shi (also known as Su Tungpo). The poem is set to the traditional Chinese melody “Shuidiao Getou” (“thinking of you”). You can read an English translation of the full poem here:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shuidiao_Getou My drawing illustrates the following passage:

I’d like to ride the wind to fly home.
Yet I fear the crystal and jade mansions [of the Palace of the Moon]
are much too high and cold for me.
Dancing with my moonlit shadow,
It does not seem like the human world.


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4 Responses to White on Black Sketch #2 “Thinking of You” (Shuidiao Getou) – a poem by Su Shi

  1. Rebecca Bourgeois says:

    A very eerie drawing, the contrasts of which serves to heighten the content of the text.
    Beautifully executed, as always.


  2. Absolutely mesmerising, Jools! A textbook definition of “dreamlike enchantment”. When I have a permanent address again, I want to adorn my walls with your art work, and this would be on the wall above my desk, so that whenever I look up, it’s the first thing I lay my eyes upon. Once again, bravissimo, fratello mio!


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