After Rain/ink and color painting
More than 20 years ago, several colleagues and I climbed Mt. Dabajian (one of Taiwan’s three best-known peaks). We set off from camp not long after three in the morning in order to view the sunrise. Around four or five o’clock, just as the day was about to break, we saw the grayish black form of Mt. Dabajian against the sky. This is very distinctive peak has a squarish shape.
Just before the sun came up, the eastern sky was crimson red, very like the sky in the evening. The brilliance of the rising sun was blinding. We turned to look from the central peak to the main peak of the mountain, and Mt. Dabajian appeared golden in the first rays of the sun, while the smallest peak remained reddish violet. It was extraordinarily beautiful.
Whenever I painted mountains after this, I stopped trying to only capture their “original color.” Instead, I boldly painted mountains in shades of red, violet, yellow, and blue. I did this because I knew that mountains have different colors under different lighting at various times of the day.
This painting shows the sky clearing after a rain. The trees look as if they have been freshly washed, and appear sparklingly fresh. There are waterfalls created by the sudden rain not far in the distance, and two viewers are standing by the edge of the stream, appreciating the extraordinary scenery in the distance.＠