Full of Poetic Beauty
□李莹 (Li Ying)
Mr. Peng’s garden series works are my favorite and they feast my eyes. One day I talked with Mr. Peng about his recent painting Impression of Rain Lake and he told me that the painting was collected by a friend just after it was finished a few days. I can feel his reluctance in his words. Why garden series works gain so much popularity and obtain so high collection enthusiasm from the friends in the collection circle? In my opinion, one is the artistry of the paintings; the other is the cultural atmosphere of theme itself.
The originator is not restricted by the depiction of the pavilion, the brick and the tile and he is also not limited by details tracing of the match of grass and trees as well as the pile of stones, but mean to express visual mobility and special permeation and gradation, which shows open mind and free state. Rain Lake and Tuojiang River are familiar to me. I once stayed in Xiangtan city for 4 years. I painted from life in Rain Lake and visited it many times, so I’m quite familiar with the landscape in the garden. For Tuojiang River, a friend of Miao nationality from Fenghuang County in western Hunan Province took me to travel there. After seeing Impression of Rain Lake and Spring Rain of Tuojiang River painted by Mr. Peng, I felt they are quite vivid, for they show the temperament and pattern of Rain Lake and Tuojiang River incisively and vividly. It is not easy to understand a landscape deeply, which needs the observer’s humanistic quality and wisdom. It is more difficult to reveal the understanding on the landscape on the canvas, which not only needs painter’s superb skills, but also the appropriate grasp on the inspiration and passion. Mr. Peng’s paintings embody his comprehensive qualities as a scholar and artist. The sky and water surface in rainy days are rendered moistly and dynamically. The drift of the easy brushwork makes water wave move. Besides, Mr. Peng employs gradation-rich and less obvious green to show viridityand vitality of garden on the Yangtze delta. He utilizes line language and ink color of Chinese painting to demonstrate the stretch of the leaves on trees, which has brushwork meaning and flying charm.
If we say literature is the mark of time and painting is the expression of space, so, gardens are art reproductions of the combination of time and space. By virtue of open mind, good attainment and superb skills, Mr. Peng vividly reveals the flowing space of garden scenery and conveys artistic conception of quietness and leisure, which attracts people to enjoy them.