How Cool is this! My OWN Chop!!!!

Thanks to my dear friend and pseudo “wee” brother for this wonderful gift!

He, Ian, told me the second part means strong/strength.
He was in China about a year ago when he got this for me.
I love it!

Look for this on up and coming artwork as part of my signature.
Liz StrongChock











The Chinese Chop Art (or seal carving) is one of the traditional four arts, i.e., Chinese painting, calligraphy, poetry and seal carving.

A personal chop in red color is an integrated part of a Chinese artwork of painting or calligraphy, which is not only the signature of the artist on the artwork, but also an essential touch to liven it up.


History of Chinese Seal Carvings by
Chinese seal carvings are an ancient art that combines calligraphy and engraving. Chinese seal carvings, or Chinese name stamps, evolved from a practical need to be able to affix a signature to documents and carvings. But these custom stamps became an art form as well as a practical devise, with its intricate Chinese calligraphy and beautiful carvings.

Chinese seal carving started in ancient Chinese times, during the Qin dynasty (221-210 B.C). The Chinese seal carving was originally used as an imperial seal – a seal used by the emperor to, in effect, put his stamp of approval on documents. The royal seal was called the Xi (which can literally be translated into “the imperial seal”). These Chinese seal carvings were used only by royalty.

After this dynasty, another type of seal developed. This Chinese seal carvings were used for non-official use by private individuals as a personalized stamp. These non-official custom stamps were called Yin. During the Tang Dynasty, (618 – 907 A.D.) the name for the seals changed, in part due to a superstition about the similarity in pronunciation to another Chinese word which meant death, during this period Chinese signature stamps became referred to as Bao.

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Today Chinese carved seals are still used. Many business people use specially designed seals as their Chinese name stamp, to indicate their reliability as business people and to confirm their identity.

Natures Simple Beauty.

I love the simplicity of this planter and this image.  The big things bite hard at times, the little things can bring a smile.

# Flowers


Do you believe in Magic?

Do you believe in “signs” and symbolism?
I think it’s about what you can see, and what you want to see, and what you are able to see.

I see love.

Shots from iPhone 4 on Matunuck Beach RI.

Full Moon


Full Rainbow

Thanks for the great weekend!

We had a FAB weekend at The Narragansett  Art Show last weekend. The weather was beautiful, the site and surrounding area is amazing, and the crowds seems to love us. So, “What’s not to like?!”

We will be back in Narragansett in the Fall on November 17, 2012 at the Mariner Marketplace,, 30th Annual Fine Art Festival.  More info when the date is closer, but I wanted you to be able to mark your calendars!

Thanks to ALL who came, who smiled, who helped, who admired, and of course to those who purchased. I couldn’t have done it with you all!

Narragansett Fine Art