Yi Sze, Yi Nian, Yi Xiao
These galleries offer a permanent and growing collection of Waina's art on the internet.
"Yi Sze, Yi Nian, Yi Xiao" (written in Chinese Calligraphy, see picture on left) literally translates as "One moment in time, One flash in thought, and, One smile." The idea came from the Buddist saying "Million of years in One thought and One thought can consists of Million of years." Waina feels that all things are temporary and are constantly changing in this universe and yet there is a perpetuity in everything. We can freeze an image to try to capture the Yi Sze Yi Nian and Yi Xiao, which is happening all the time. Waina tries to capture that precious Yi Sze, Yi Nian and Yi Xiao in her paintings to be kept as permanent images for millions of years !
These paintings mostly use Chinese Calligraphic or
Brush-stroke technique, but not traditional Chinese themes!
Waina developed this style into a new technique for wildlife painting: white space and selective composition are used to give emphasis to the features Waina wants to portray. After Dinner (Tiger) for example has a tiger draped over a rock, the rock being only visible by its absence. In Waina's world, a Crocodile can symbolise Peace, Zebras joy.
A collection of works in oil and other media.
This collection shows a wide range of technique, from the detail of
Morning Peace to the fabulous
impressionist style of the Chameleon.
One of the most striking is the Robin, also produced as a Christmas Card, but in its original form the cheeky Robin is transformed into a 3ft high mythical creature staring out at you, its eyes seeming to follow you around the room.
These include a series of watercolour bird studies from the
Solomon Islands which are remarkable for their attention to detail in the beaks, plumage and
feet of the birds and the selected foliage.
The originals are now sold but there are greeting cards still available of most of the series.
A collection of paintings with a difference: some academic, some
personal, some humorous - have a look and see for
There are quite a few missing from this section which will be added in due course..
More of Waina's art: pottery, jewellery and clothing.
Waina has done some beautiful fine clay artwork and is currently looking for a kiln in the Oxford area.. if you have one, please let us know!