Homecoming Emotions/ink and color painting
“Seeing the mountains cannot compare with my emotion on homecoming.”
I can’t recall which ancient verse or aphorism can best express the piercing feelings of a homecoming traveler.
The traveler is riding a donkey, carrying his things, as he slowly returns home. In spite of the beauty of the high mountains, the impatient traveler does not feel inclined to stop and gaze at them.
This scene is full of poetic inspiration. The ancients wrote poems expressing this kind of idea, and we make paintings inspired by their poetry. But we have no way of telling whether what we portray in the pictures is the same as what the poets had in mind. This is much the same thing as the saying, “Viewers do not necessarily feel what the artist feels.”
I used rubbings of small branches in the forest shown in this painting. Although the branches and leaves are small, the forest is still appealingly deep and dark. The trees all have different postures, and the leaning trees surround the traveler’s home, which is shaded by green leaves and violet flowers.＠