Acrylic painting, 16 x 20.

"Roots of Clouds, Taking Wing" by Frank Wu

A portfolio piece, it is for sale if you want it.  Please contact me for details.

Ancient Chinese scholars decorated their desks with eroded stones whose fantastical shapes invited contemplation and evoked landscapes.  Rocks were filled with life like miniature mountains, and were sometimes called “the roots of the clouds.”   I imagined what sort of scholar rock might have been on the desk of the Late T’ang Dynasty poet Meng Chiao (751-814 AD).  It has been said that the bones of poetry jut out in Meng Chiao’s work, and he often wrote of stones, gorges and mountains.  In my imaginings, his rock literally sprouts wings and takes to the sky.





Image (c) 2002 Frank Wu