Thursday, January 27, 2011

"My Chinese Mudmen" - day #3

I was able to get a bit more done than expected on "My Chinese Mudmen".  I have the border nearly completed and now Chang (the little guy) and Chong are in full color ....

At the suggestion of my husband, I made a photo copy of the above illustration and began trying out, with pencil, some ideas I have in mind for the background and foreground.  We'll see how close I stay to these ideas by the end of today.  Looking forward to a fun time .... here are my pencil sketch ideas ...
Hopefully, Chang (the little guy), Chung, Ching and Chong will be pleased with their new garden environment!

Take care and God bless,
Karen Anne


  1. Thank you very much Teri C! Appreciate your taking the time to comment.

  2. As always, just superb!! Love the garden you located them in, my mother-in-law has some of these on her shelf (always put them high up out of the way when the kids were toddlers), I had no idea they were called 'mudmen' yours are wonderful : )

  3. Karen Anne, it is turning out Beautiful!!! I like how your hubby helps you out ;o))

  4. Thank you so much Shelle!
    They are called mudmen because they are traditionally made of mud (clay), most in a village in China. They were basically created to enhance gardens, especially well suited for Bonsai gardens. They are typically, individually made which gives each his or her own personality. There is a shiny glaze that it put onto all of the surface EXCEPT for the skin, which adds to uniqueness. It is my understanding that the majority are men, but there are some women "Mudmen" which are rare and considerably more valuable.

    If anyone wants to add in their two-cents about mudmen ... please feel free to do so!

  5. Beautiful, wow how fun to see your ideas. Love the progress you've made!

  6. Hey Pam! Thanks again! Photo-copies make a wonderful testing tool for new ideas ... have you tried it?

  7. Hi Karen Anne, No I've never even thought of photocopies!


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