Saturday, August 25, 2012

Chinatown, New York City

Chinatown, NYC contains the largest ethnic Chinese population outside of Asia.  I visited Chinatown last September after leaving the annual Feast in San Gennaro, Little Italy.  I believe the reference picture was taken on Canal Street where you see color everywhere!!  and the smell of food was SO wonderful...I really hope that I didn't write something wrong  in Chinese...if I did, I apologize!  I guess I should have checked first!!.   If you haven't been to Chinatown, I recommend going there...especially if you're hungry!  The food is excellent!!  I took my time with this oil painting  and mixed my colors as best as I could in order to get that "perfect" shade. 

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  1. I love it, Hilda! And it is such a different subject for you. I never thought of your calligraphy possibly spelling out something unpleasant, but I suppose it's possible. :)

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    1. thank you so much KATHRYN. It's definitely something different for me.! The Chinese writing wasn't as easy as I thought it would be. I'm so glad you like it!

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  2. A beautiful job. It must be very dificult with oil to do buildings. Well done Hilda. Congratulations. Hugs

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    1. thank you EVA for that very generous comment!. I enjoyed painting the different colors of the buildings!.Hugs!!

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  3. Felicidades Hilda, veo que con el oleo tambien eres una gran artista, eres genial. Un abrazo desde España

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    1. Un comentario muy generoso, JOSE!! Estoy muy contenta que ha gustado este oleo. Un abrazo!!

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  4. What a lovely cityscape, Hilda! I've been to Chinatown in both San Francisco and in Chicago and just by the use of your signage, you get a real sense of the busyness I've always seen there. I wouldn't have a clue what you wrote on the signs so to me it is perfect!

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    1. thank you SHERRY for your wonderful comment! I've been to Chinatown in San Francisco as well. I love the colorful decorations there as well.

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  5. This one is beautiful, Hilda! Love the differing quality of light from the street level to the upper areas! Well done!!

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    1. thank you so much DEAN for stopping by and for your wonderful comment! I appreciate it!!

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  6. Muito bem pintados os edifícios, Hilda. Amei a boa definição com que você consegue transmitir os detalhes, enfim, parabéns! Beijos.

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    1. thank you VALERIA for your nice comment. I enjoyed painting the details in the building!! Glad you like it!

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  7. This is a fantastic painting dear Hilda! Painting is one thing, calligraphy is a totally different one... and you can do both beautifully!!
    Warm regards.

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    1. I'm so glad you like this painting, KONSTANTINA!! I enjoyed painting this..the calligraphy was a "little" challenging.! Thank you for stopping by!

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  8. Really well done, Hilda. Very complex and rich.

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    1. thank you VIRGINIA for that very generous comment! I appreciate you stopping by!!

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  9. Great painting, Hilda and all that Chinese writing! You are a woman of versatile talent.

    I've been to China town in Singapore, and Hong Kong was all Chinese ... albeit, British style Chinese.

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    1. Glad you stopped by JOHN!! and for your very kind comment...It's amazing that Chinatown is all over the world!! I just love their food!

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    1. You're very sweet, MYRA!! thank you for that nice comment!

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  11. Wow Hilda, this is beautifully done and all the detail that you captured had to have been a huge undertaking. It is superb! We were in NYC in June of 2011 and Chinatown has such a tight busy feel to it...and it looked just as you have depicted it here.

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    1. thank you LISA!! I'm so glad you like this painting and that you were able to visit it!!! Enjoy the rest of the Evening.!

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  12. oh Hilda!!!!Das ist aber gaaaaaaaaaaanz toll geworden!!!!So tolle farben.Gefällt mir sehr sehr sogar.Bravo!!!
    danke auch für deinen besuch und die lieben worte
    kussilein-))))

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    1. thank you so much CHRYSOULA for stopping by and for your lovely comment. You're very kind!!

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  13. What a challenge--you did such a good job dealing with all the different signs!

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    1. thank you STEPHANIE for stopping by and leaving me such a nice comment. It was a bit tiring but I did enjoy it! Enjoy the rest of the night!!

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  14. My goodness this is great - all that writing would have driven me nuts!!!

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    1. The writing was a "little" challenging because I didn't know what I was writing..LOL It was very different from my usual portraits. I have a lot of respect for my blogger friends who work with oils.

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  15. Mooi deze ik kan niet zo goed perspectief tekenen maar ik vind het wel knap als je het wel kan het blijft nog steeds een uitdaging voor mij groetjes Danielle

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    1. Thank you DANIELLE ..it was a bit challenging for me..but it was a nice change. Glad you stopped by!!

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  16. Dear Hilda, a painting where everything comes together to give joy to the viewer! Shapes, rhythm, harmony of color, composition: art work very complex but really unitary.
    Feast for the eyes!

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    1. thank you so much RITA!! You're SO kind! Glad you stopped by!

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  17. Beautiful colors. Lots of strong verticals.

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    1. thank you DOUG...I appreciate your comment!! Glad you stopped by...

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  18. Dear Hilda,
    with your expertise I made a trip to Chinatown, wonderful!
    Reflex well all around... if I can even smell the aroma of the food .... hmmmmm! :)
    Big Kiss.

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    1. thank you CAROLINA...yes, Chinatown is full of those wonderful aromas...I'm getting hungry just thinking about it.LOL
      hugs...

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  19. You brave soul tackling such a complex subject...and you pulled it off beautifully.
    I love all the fire escapes and open windows adding a human touch. The banners are really great and fingers crossed you copied them correctly!!!!
    Thanks, Hilda, for bringing back some very happy memories!

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    1. thank you SO much JULIE for stopping by and for your very lovely comment. I appreciate it so much. I, as well, have my fingers crossed at what I wrote...

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  20. What a beautiful painting, Hilda. Fantastic colors and composition. I'm really impressed by all that Chinese writing! Hugs.

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    1. thank you TITO for stopping by and for your very generous comment!! I really liked painting this piece...it was so different for me...enjoy this wonderful day!

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  21. I do not even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post
    was great. I do not know who you are but definitely you are going
    to a famous blogger if you are not already ;) Cheers!

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    1. thank you for stopping by my blog!

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  22. Hola Hilda...espero que no te importe que te escriba en castellano...
    Te quería felicitar por tus excelentes retratos, de pastel, me gustan mucho.Esta pintura, seguro que seria divertida de realizar, con tanto detalle.
    Saludos

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  23. Gracias, PEPE por tu comentario muy generoso! Lo agradezco!!!

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  24. Hola Hilda, de vuelta de vacaciones y admirando tus pinturas que son fantásticas.La pintura china es realmente genial.

    Un abrazo

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  25. Gracias, ROSA !!! Deseo que eras una vacaciones buena!! Y gracias por tu comentario!!!
    Un abrazo!!

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  26. Hi there Hilda!... Sure does catch the hurly-burly nature of the city! Nice design and the usual wonderful Hilda palette of warmth and mood!

    Good Painting!
    Warmest regards,
    Bruce

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    1. thank you so much BRUCE for stopping by and commenting on Chinatown! You're so kind!!!

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  27. What a wonderful painting. So interesting , I bet this one was challenging. Very nice!

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    1. I'm so glad you like this painting, BARBARA!! I did enjoy this piece..thank you for stopping by!!

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  28. Wonderful Hilda! I love the way the buildings hang together in value and lead us right down the street! Sparkle and color!

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    1. thank you so much MARY! I appreciate you stopping by and commenting!! I hope you have a wonderful day..

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  29. The parade of colorful banners with the Chinese writing are so eye catching, Hilda! And I like the high viewpoint as well!

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    1. thank you so much SUSAN for your lovely comment. Glad you stopped by. It was very different for me and I enjoyed the colorful scene. Enjoy your day!

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  30. Wow! I'd just love to visit this place! And your painting is fantastic! The Chinese text makes it even more interesting and those splashes of red really draw me in :0)

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  31. thank you so much SANDRA!!! You just made my day! Glad you stopped by!

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  32. This instantly brings the luscious smells of Chinese food to my mind - Chinatown is a great place to explore, and you have done a magnificent job painting it! Makes me want to go back to visit :)
    P.S. Thank you for all of your wonderful comments on my blog.

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  33. thank you CLAIRE for visiting and for your nice comment. I love the business of Chinatown, the color and of course the food! I appreciate you stopping by and love visiting your blog as well.

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  34. Hilda another great painting from you. Yes I remember those days well, when going into the city wasn't such a big hassle. Beautiful painting.

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    1. Glad you stopped by, JOAN!! Hope you and hubby are well!...I truly appreciate your comment!!

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  35. Hilda this is really terrific!! Your atmospheric perspective is great. I love your pops of lively colors!

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    1. thank you so much CARRIE for stopping by and for your lovely comment.!! An Artists' dream is to find these wonderful colors and paint them, right? Enjoy your day!!

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  36. Great painting of Chinatown!!! The colors are so great and the buildings and signs give it such atmosphere. I've always wanted to do some plein air painting there. It is such a wonderful active area.

    I hear you met my friend, Joan Sicignano recently. She paints with my plein air group.

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    1. thank you JOAN for that very generous comment!! I appreciate it! It truly is an active area...and a great place to paint. It was wonderful meeting Joan S. When I went to the show, I knew it was her by looking at her paintings!! That made my day.! I'm sure I'll see you soon as well!

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  37. Hi Hilda - This is amazing! Stunning colors and so much to explore in one scene - love it. Makes me want to go there someday. :)

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    1. thank you so much KAREN for stopping by and for your wonderful comment! It really is a great place to visit...!

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  38. Hi Hilda. This is fabulous. I can hear all the hussle and bussle of the city happening just below this scene. You managed to capture all that beautifully even without showing it. That's talent. Take care. x

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    1. thank you LAURA! Such a nice comment! I appreciate it so much!!!

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  39. Beautiful painting, Hilda. You sure captured Chinatown.

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    1. Thank you SO much PAT for your comment and for stopping by!! Enjoy the rest of the Evening..

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  40. Hi Hilda,I am checking to ask whether you sent me an email with subject line "Important Document" ? It wants me to sign into an account before opening...just checking...Mary

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    1. MARY..and to all my blogger friends..I didn't send any e-mail to anyone...but have been told that I did! PLEASE DON'T OPEN ANY ATTACHMENTS !

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  41. Hilda, This painting brings back memories of my own trip to Chinatown! Fabulous place and fabulous painting....you nailed it!

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    1. thank you SO much CAROL for your wonderful comment!!! I'm so glad you like it. I try to visit Little Italy and Chinatown once a year.!

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  42. China towns wherever you find them are full of color and energy! You have excelled in bringing out the essence of the place Hilda!

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    1. PADMAJA! You just made my day! Thank you for that lovely comment. I truly appreciate it!! Years ago, I visited Chinatown in San Francisco with was amazing as well.

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  43. so colorful! so well done Hilda!

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  44. thank you SO much ASHOK for stopping by and leaving me such a nice comment!! I appreciate it!!!

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  45. Wow, ambitious painting! I like the hazy background coupled with the graphic foreground, makes for a nice sense of dimension.

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  46. thank you DIANE!!! I wasn't sure how to get that "hazy" look to get the depth...after so much experimenting, I finally got it.! LOL...lessons would have been a "good" idea. thank you for stopping by and for your very generous comment.

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  47. This must have been a labour of love! Well done!

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    1. thank you so much DIANA for stopping by and taking the time out to comment!! You're so kind!!

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  48. Wonderful! Great long shapes and nice composition. You kept it nice and colourful within all of that architecture.
    Happy Painting.

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    1. thank you for visiting, NORA!!! and for your very generous comment!! Enjoy the rest of the Evening!!

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  49. Wonderful job, Hilda!! I love the colors and how your eye travels through the painting. Just lovely!!

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  50. thank you so much CAROL for stopping by and for your nice comment...I appreciate it!!!

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  51. What an exciting and energetic painting. I LOVE it! So much to see and react to! The colors are marvelous and one can just feel the electricity of the hub-bub in the big city.

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    1. Hilda, thanks, too, for all your kind comments on my blog. You don't know how much I appreciate your interest and supportive words. I feel honored that you would faithfully respond to my artwork. Carol

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    2. Thank you so much CAROL...for your kind words on my painting...I appreciate it!! It's always wonderful visiting your blog...you always have beautiful work!!

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  52. Een heel mooi Schilderij ik vind het heel moeilijk perspectief tekenen maar jij kan het super groetjes Daniele

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  53. thank you so much for that lovely comment, DANIELLE! It wasn't such an easy piece, but I took my time with this one...Have a wonderful day!!

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  54. an excellent painting...I love all the geometry and color. Five stars!

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  55. Wow!! thank you for that nice comment, CELESTE!! I appreciate you stopping by!! Happy Sunday!!

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  56. You did a great job capturing Chinatown! I love the lettering on the signs.

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  57. thank you SO much LORA!! I appreciate you stopping by and for your lovely comment!! Enjoy the rest of the Evening...

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  58. Wow Hilda! You really blew me away with this one! Magnificent - the perspective, the palette, the calligraphy -complex scene beautifully painted!

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    1. thank you so much ROSEMARY...I'm so glad you like Chinatown..thank you for stopping by and for your very nice comment.!!

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    1. thank you JESSICA for stopping by my blog..I appreciate your comment!!!

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  60. beautifully done hilda! just wonderful color.

    thank you so much for your very kind comments on my blog. they mean so very much.

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    1. thank you SUZANNE for your lovely comment. So glad you like this painting and SO happy that you stopped by!! I think of you so often!!

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  61. Beautiful and exciting, Hilda - makes me wish I could be there!

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  62. thank you CONNIE for that generous comment!!! We had such a wonderful day!. I appreciate you stopping by!!

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  63. thank you DIANA! I really enjoyed painting this one! Glad you stopped by!!!

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  64. What a interesting scene. Beautifully done.

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  65. thank you ANGELA!! you're so nice!!!

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  66. Wow..lots of energy and life sparking in this piece..gorgeous colors merging..you can feel the movement! Spectacular!!
    victoria

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  67. Thank you VICTORIA..you're always so kind..thank you for that nice comment!! Have a wonderful day!!

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  68. one of my favorite types of scenes. Love the mix of shapes and colors...and the Chinese sign.

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  69. You're so kind...thank you, MARY! I enjoyed this painting so much...

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  70. Love all the shapes and colors in this!

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  71. thank you so much DOTTIE..you're so kind...I'm glad you stopped by! Enjoy the rest of the evening!!

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  72. Dear Hilda,
    What a colourful and beautiful work!! I can read all Chinese characters. As far as I read, ALL are correct and accurate!! Amazing! What a woman and artist you are!!
    Kind regards, Sadami

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  73. Thank you SO much SADAMI for stopping by and for your incredible comment on Chinatown!! I am truly glad I got them all correct! YAY!! Enjoy your day!!

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