cindy pon
a little sweet, a little sour
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this painting is dedicated in loving memory
to percy russell, a friend and mentor to me in
my chinese brush painting class these past twelve
years. he always laughed when i called him my
favorite “lao wai” (old foreigner =) and claimed that
he must have been chinese in a past life.

near the end of every class, he’d inevitably ask
me: so what masterpiece are you working on?

words cannot express how sorely he’ll be missed.
and how many lives he’d touched in his time here–
over four decades of which he spent as a student
of the brush. <3


  1. Deva
    Posted January 31, 2014 at 10:30 am | Permalink

    Beautiful picture, and beautiful tribute. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  2. Posted January 31, 2014 at 10:37 am | Permalink

    So lovely. I’m sure he would be pleased with your masterpiece. I’m just hoping that the ladybug flies away before she gets herself pecked.

  3. Posted January 31, 2014 at 10:40 am | Permalink

    deva, thank you so much.

    bryn, thank you. and i’m not sure about the fate of the ladybug. =) i think the chicks are merely curious.

  4. sue laybourn
    Posted January 31, 2014 at 10:54 am | Permalink

    What a beautiful tribute to a much-loved friend. I think Percy would be very proud and touched.


  5. Posted January 31, 2014 at 10:56 am | Permalink

    thank you, sue. <3

  6. Posted January 31, 2014 at 11:19 am | Permalink

    What a beautiful painting, Cindy. I think your old friend would be so very pleased that this was your memorial to him.

  7. Posted January 31, 2014 at 11:24 am | Permalink

    thank you, lisa. he was always so encouraging. and i learned a lot from him.

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