China’s Magnificence (Xingping Village)
Monolithic China Artwork. As a Sedona artist, I was invited to show my vivid, mystical landscapes in a private art show in Guangzhou (China’s 3rd most significant city) for private collectors in January 2019. We had the fantastic opportunity to visit small villages in China. In our travels, we stopped in Yangshuo and experienced their electric nightlife pulsed with energy and awe-inspiring old-world Chinese culture. Then from there, we traveled to Xingping Village, that’s where Monolithic China artwork came to life. To learn more, click here.
Crossing the Li River
After crossing the Li River, we were transported in a three-wheeled cart with a motor scooter with a box attached to the rear with seats. Stopping along the way, I saw the exact spot where a Chinese artist, in 1999, had created the image for the back of China’s 20 Yuan Banknote (The official abbreviation is CNY, although also commonly abbreviated as “RMB.”)
Artistic License for Monolithic China
Nestled within the captivating landscapes of South China’s Guangxi Province lies the ethereal Li River, known affectionately as Li Jiang by locals, a liquid ribbon of emerald winding its way through the picturesque town of Guilin. Revered by none other than the prestigious National Geographic, which hails it as one of the planet’s “top 10 watery wonders,” this aqueous gem casts its spell, particularly near the quaint village of Xingping. The Li River unveils its timeless allure amidst a symphony of mist-shrouded peaks and age-old fishing villages, beckoning both lens and brush alike.
For artists like myself and photographers, the Li River is nothing short of a veritable Eden, a sanctuary where creativity dances upon the gentle ripples of its waters. This is where Monolithic China was born. Entranced by its beauty, I embarked on a journey to capture its essence through my lens to later use as a reference for my painting of Monolithic China. Yet, it was not merely as an artist that I sought to commune with this natural masterpiece; it was as an artist, a dreamer, and a storyteller that let Monolithic China come alive.
Amidst this verdant embrace, inspiration struck with the force of a thunderclap, igniting the flames of creativity within my soul. As I stood upon the riverbank, bathed in the golden hues of twilight, I beheld a vision unlike any other for Monolithic China. With a stroke of my brush and a whisper of artistic fervor, I infused the canvas with the very essence of the Li River – its mystique, its grandeur, its timeless allure.
Embracing my artistic license with abandon, I embarked on a journey of creation unlike any other, weaving a tapestry of color and emotion that spoke to the heart of China itself. Each brushstroke was a tribute to the ancient spirits that dwelled within these hallowed waters, each hue a reflection of the land’s storied past and boundless future. And so, with my masterpiece in hand, I set forth to share my vision with the world, to unveil the majesty of the Li River through the lens of my unique style.
Li River, Guilin
The surreal southern Chinese karst landscape evolved from erosion, forming millions of karst hills and peaks. About 50 miles from Kunming, the Stone Forest extends this other-worldly and richly bio-diverse landscape as part of the South China Karst, one of UNESCO’s 878 World Heritage Sites. The entire South China Karst has an impressive expanse of over 341,754 miles, including 7 Karst clusters spanning over 4 Chinese provinces.
Sweet water along the Li River brings the mountains to life, while the graceful monolithic sentinels make the water more limpid. There is no doubt that Guilin has the perfect combination of mountains and water. It has stood out for millennia in its profound majesty, attracting people from all over China and all over the globe. These uniquely intriguing Chinese monoliths reflect the monolithic power and strength of the Chinese people. They are deeply rooted in their ancient culture and history. Hence, their power structures and government systems act like a monolith in a field of many other monoliths. Former US President Clinton praised the undeniable beauty of this region, remarking, “No place in China is more evocative of the beauty of your country than Guilin.” The river winds like a green silk ribbon, while the hills resemble jade hairpins.