Listen to the Fragrance

Media: Chinese ink and indigo color on fibrous Chinese paper with traditional paper backing

Date: 2017

Inscription: “Listen to the Fragrance” Lan Su Chinese Garden, Portland, OR. Painted by Lu Kesi 2017.

Seals: Lu Kesi (center left under inscription); Seal [the Chinese character for the marine animal—a play on words] (lower right)

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A painting by Lu Kesi created as an illustration for the book The Beyond Within: the Downtown Dao of Lan Su Chinese Garden by Daniel Skach-Mills. “Listen to the fragrance” is written on the scroll shaped plaque above the moon gate in the scholar’s courtyard of Lan Su Chinese Garden in Portland, Oregon.