The heart of the colourful mural Along the River During the Qingming Festival is commotion caused by a river boat moving towards a bridge with it's mast still up. Onlookers everywhere shout and gesture, while those on the ship are painted trying to bring the mast down and steer.
A photo of the entire contemporary mural of the Chinese masterpiece artwork “Along the River During the Qinmgming Festival.” This mural is 8 feet high by 44 feet long and can be seen in Edmonton's Chinatown at 10673 97th Street.
The Bian River is the life of this Chinese mural, as like most civilizations, the city of Kaifeng rose along a river during the Northern Song Dynasty. I painted the Bian in greens and blues with animated swirls to appeal to viewers with a variety of boats, moored and in action, along the river bend.
12 Rowers man long Chinese oars; 6 at the front and 6 at the back of the river boat, like the motion of a fish tail, propelling and steering. I painted the figures and boat in colorful blues, reds, and earth tones, to help viewers feel the river water and the wooden boat.
The mural painting shows a variety of colorful restaurants and the upper floor balcony of a wine shop, with customers relaxing. As an artist interpreting the most celebrated painting in China, the authentic original was the detailed blueprint to creating my own brightly coloured version.
I painted a bamboo scaffolding structure on the top section of a wine shop, with merchants selling their wares nearby. The signs 'tiān zhī, měi lù and Shíqiān' are likely the names of Chinese wines, which I painted from the original scroll into the mural.