Sunday, July 10, 2011

Duke Gardens - Saturday

After our usual visit to the Hillsborough farmer's market (Eno River Market) and walk downtown, we headed to Duke Gardens which had been flooded the evening before. The rain came from a storm which diverted my flight home to nearby Greensboro for fuel and to wait for the downpour to pass the Raleigh-Durham airport. Water was still high, and brown in the big duck pond. I parked myself on a step before this spirit house and drew it while Dearest took photos until she was about ready to pass out from the heat.

I've never observed this piece so closely before. Somehow I felt the ornamentation is Western, not from Asia... I can't put my finger on it, but the carving, shapes, proportions, etc. seem too expected, too classical. Does anyone know more about this?

Click image for a slightly larger view. Pencil and pen in drawing pad - 8.5 x 10 inches.


Anonymous said...

Not sure about the design, although I see your point. Nonetheless, your drawing is wonderful!

Lisa said...

What I can't stop noticing is the faint structure in the background. I really like the composition of this drawing.

Linda said...

have no idea but would not call this asian unless asian is perhaps grecian ? to me, that is what it seems to faintly recall..."trying" to be asian. as always, love your drawings, no matter.

susan said...

It's a magical image - reminds me of a place one could live if we only had wings.