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Good Housekeeping, Hao Guan Jia - Watercolor & Prismacolor pencil Painting Dimensions -8.50" X 12"



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This is a newly created painting that was inspired by a lovely photo I found of a young Chinese girl called Fiona; something about her slim and gracious form, the bend of her neck, her simple dress, her graceful hands, called to mind the old Good Housekeeping magazine covers from an earlier decade, where fine housewifery was an Art, and a wife was expected to greet her husband each day after her came home, fully dressed, made-up and with a good dinner (and hopefully dessert!) ready.

I read a lot on China, including recent studies on the way the country has changed, and have seen a trend of a new Middle Class beginning, where many wives choose to stay home, just as their American sisters did decades ago, and tend to home and hearth and let their husbands go to work. I see myself as a kind of bridge of understanding between East and West, and this piece as a homage to both the women of my childhood, so beautifully portrayed on those old magazine covers like Good Housekeeping or Saturday Evening Post, AND to the emerging class of ladies in China who have also chosen the 'old way'--somehow, it brings us all a little closer together!

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