Autumn at Fragrant Mountain, Beijing

Being in Beijing during autumn afforded the opportunity to visit Fragrant Mountain (Xiang Shan) during the seasonal changing of colors. With my good friend Xu Li Jun, a wonderful artist, as my guide I climbed to the top of the mountain for a breath taking view of the valley and Beijing below. Along the way we would stop to sketch whatever interesting scene caught our attention. In this case we found a walled cluster of buildings just below the walk path. We sat on a knoll just above and each did a quick pen and ink sketch. I wrote the date in Chinese at the lower right: 2004y11m6d. Above that I signed my Chinese name, Li Dang. Above the line is "Xiang Shan" and my red signature chop. Later I added watercolor using the same quick sketch approach.