Monday, February 14, 2011

Some inspiration

Something a little special. Not Model Railroad related mind you. But inspirational nonetheless.
Whilst away in Red Wing this weekend I was browsing in a secondhand book shop and I spied this Chinese Cork picture on one of the shelves.
I was immediately captivated by it. It is no more than 3 1/2 inches wide but is incredibly detailed. Just look at the tiling and the latticework on the pagoda, the leaves on the trees.
It's amazing to think that this was all carved by hand out of cork.
What can I tell you about cork pictures?
Very little really. There is almost no information about the art on the internet. All I can tell you is that the elements in the scene. The trees, the cranes, and the pagoda shelter are all standard elements of the art. They eminate from the Fujian region of SE China and seemed to have started in the early 1900's and that's about it. So if anyone knows anymore I'm all ears.
What I do know is that I find it very inspiring to think someone did this by hand. Perhaps when I'm struggling with some T scale items I'll look at this and be spurred on.

1 comment:

Tracy McKibben said...

Wow! I think I might have had to take that home with me...