I saw this folk artist producing sugar paintings with liquid sugar along the streets in Tian Jing. I was able to video tape the beginning to end of this specific painting. The painter uses the brown sugar as the raw material, the bronze spoon and a shovel as the tool, and the slab of marble as the “paper”. Sugar painting originated from the Ming Dynasty when sugar animals and figures were made in molds as part of a sacrifice in religious rituals. In the Qing Dynasty, sugar painting gained more popularity. This particular artist was creating paintings with the 12 zodiac animals.

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The Chinese Art Book – Phaidon

On April 21, 2013, in Chinese Art, by admin

The Chinese Art Book presents a definitive selection of 300 works, from the earliest dynasties to the new generation of contemporary artists enlivening the global art world today – see more at www.phaidon.com

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I have a jade plant that is quite small right now. I started out with about four stems and there are now two. I only water when the soil is dry (about once to twice a month with little water) and yet the first two stems succumbed to root rot. I believe it is root rot because the stem got squishy and brown. Anyways, I’m wondering, is there anyway to encourage the growth of new stems? Or are the stems that died due to root rot gone forever? Will the plant just be the two remaining stems forever?

Wondering if it is better to start over with a new jade since this was my first, or if this jade is able to come back strong. *I’d like to add that I’m new to houseplants, and that my haworthia (also a succulent) and african violet are going strong. I used regular potting soil for all of my plants, and now I’m wondering if part of the problem with my jade is that I should have used a rockier mixture which succelents favor?)

Succulents need proper drainage, a good clay pot for evaporation (with a drain hole), and the right soil succulent/citrus mix (marked on the bag) plus enough sunlight. I always also suggest using a moisture meter. Don’t guess.
If the stems are soft, it’s dead. If the cause was root rot it’s dead. Regular soil is not appropriate for all plants. Next time you’re at the store check on all the different mixtures.
Jade plant care.
Succulent plant care.
African violet plant care.


Arts in China: State of the Arts

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How do I price plants for a yard sale?

On April 14, 2013, in Jade Store, by admin

My aloe has been having babies for years and I ran out of friends and family to give them away to. Every time I prune my jade, I start new plants. Some of my garden flowers bunch and need dividing. Because of all that, I have 25-40 plants I could sale right before Mother’s Day. Does anyone know how to price yard sale plants? Is it based on size of container, type of plant or what? My original jade was on sale at my grocery store for $2, but the soil and containers I’ve needed to make new jades cost more than that, and I’d like to make a profit for all the years I’ve been raising these plants.

Anyway, I’ve done yard sales before, but never plant sales, so any advice is appreciated.
I’m aware they won’t pay more. I don’t know how much plants cost now to judge how much mine are worth. I keep buying them in only when they’re marked down greatly, because it’s almost dead or out of season. And, it’s been years since I bought them.

Also, the pots are new terra cotta, and good sizes, because the plants are all good sized. All that was kind of the point of my question. If I knew how much to charge, I wouldn’t ask how much to charge.

As for 50 cents? Yeah, right. If I was selling dead plants in crappy pots.

It depends on how big the plants and pots are and what they go for in your area. Where I live, a jade plant in a 6" pot goes for $15-20 depending on the pot. Of course you won’t be able to sell them for as much as they would cost in stores though. I would figure out the cost of the pots and soil and multiply by 2-2.5. So if the pot cost you $3 and the soil cost you $1, you should sell the plant for $8-10 each (which would be a reasonable cost for a 6" plant).


Chinese Paper Cutting Tutorial

On April 14, 2013, in Chinese Art, by admin

chinese paper cutting is a folk art that has a long history.

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Hi I’m Ben Hedges and welcome to Discovering China. The show that brings you the boundless beauty of Chinese civilization. Coming up this week…

We visit iGavel auctions in New York to take a look at an up-coming sale of Chinese art.

Hear the story of the Qingming or Tomb Sweeping Festival

And check out a fashion show of traditional Chinese clothing, put on by miniature models.


Chinese Art work is highly acclaimed and attracts international buyers at auction houses across the world. I took a trip to iGavel Auctions in New York city to talk to president Lark Mason about an upcoming sale of Chinese art.


The Qingming festival marks the beginning of April and is a time when Chinese people traditionally sweep the tombs and pay respects to their ancestors. But how did this tradition start?


Now we go to Taiwan to find out more about the cuisine of the Qingming festival.


Since 2008 NTD Television has been promoting traditional Chinese Han Couture through its global competition series. On April 4th, Children’s Day was celebrated in Taiwan and Hong Kong. On Children’s Day NTD held a competition for kids to take to the catwalk wearing traditional Chinese Han Couture. Here’s more from New Taipei City.


That’s all for this week, but you can catch all our China news and more on out website ntd.tv or out YouTube channel, youtube dot com forward slash ntd on China.

See you next Friday.

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Online Auction of Fine Chinese Art in NYC

On April 10, 2013, in Chinese Art, by admin

The auction of fine art doesn’t always take place like this. (show auction house)

[Lark Mason, President: iGavel Auctions]:
“iGavel is an online art auction platform, and there are many independent companies that use it, and my company, Lark Mason and Associates, is one of them. So we have an auction that’s occurring on April 17 and it ends on May 1st.”

Lark Mason is auctioning a selection of Chinese antiques through his online auction platform—iGavel. These pieces make up part of the Asian, Ancient, & Ethnographic Works of Art Auction.

[Lark Mason, President: iGavel Auctions]:
“So in this sale we’ve got some extraordinary items, including an imperial ancestor portrait that is of extraordinary large size. Probably dating to the mid 19th century, likely a prince from the imperial household. The quality of the painting, the workmanship, and the condition of this painting is extraordinary.”

Besides painted works, the sale will feature other forms of Chinese Art.

[Lark Mason, President: iGavel Auctions]:
“We’ve also got a selection of very fine quality carved jade objects that range in date from the Ming Dynasty up to the 20th century.”

[Lark Mason, President: iGavel Auctions]:
“A wonderful selection of porcelain, including a really beautiful vase, dating from the Kangxi period, that incorporates a decoration of peaches. And it has under glazed copper red and under glazed blue, over a very pale Saladin, which is a pale green background. And it’s of extraordinary large size for this particular type and it actually was sold in 1943—in the sale of a famous dealer’s collection that was seized during World War II.”

Western collectors had brought fine Chinese art to America during the 20th century. Yet now in the 21st century, the trend is starting to reverse.

[Lark Mason, President: iGavel Auctions]:
“Today the market’s changes. China has become a powerhouse and Taiwan is certainly extraordinarily powerful economically. So there’re a lot of collectors that want to have back things from their culture.”

Buyers can start bidding on these works of art on April 17th, without leaving the comfort of their home. The online auction will last for two weeks.

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This is what the above says: I am learning Chinese. A website learning Chinese Calligraphy?

Thank you.

Not really.
我学习中国语言=i learn Chinese language
一个网站=a website
学习中国书法吗=learn Chinese calligraphy?

perhaps it’s better to say " 我在学习汉语。有学习中国书法的网站吗?"