小雪 (Xiaoxue) Minor Snow 22 November

小雪 (Xiaoxue) meaning "Minor Snow" in the second winter solar term under the traditional Chinese lunar calendar. It marks the beginning of snowfall in North China and there is a folk custom of making preserved pork and sausages at this time so that they would be ready to eat in time for the Spring Festival. In the south, some areas will eat glutinous rice cakes.

This painting was done with a mix of traditional Chinese ink as well as some fountain pen inks with gold glitter (the mountains) as an experiment. I wanted to see if I could paint with fountain pen ink. I didn't enjoy painting with fountain pen ink as it turns out because it was too thin and the gold glitter kept settling on the bottom of the ink bottles. I also used silver glitter to simulate snow but it isn't very obvious in the photo.

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