During his journeys, Eric meets a native artist, Shi Jia. Having seen Shi Jia’s work in a Chinese magazine, Eric was drawn immediately to his artistic style and arranged to meet him in Xi’an. Like his famous grandfather the painter Shi Lu, who roamed the Yellow River in the 1960’s, Shi Jia decides to accompany Eric on his exploration of the Yangtze in search of inspiration.
The two artists watch each other create—Shi Jia paints in simple, precise strokes to render the simplicity of the Yangtze and of the landscapes, with incredible depth and equal precision. For Master Shi Jia, this trip is more than a simple pilgrimage in the footsteps of a grandfather who once said, ‘There is no art without a full life.’
WITH A SHEET OF PAPER, A SIMPLE BRUSH, A STICK OF INK AND SOME WATER—THE SAME BASIC TOOLS USED BY HIS ANCESTORS—HE CAPTURES MORE THAN JUST THE LOOK OF THINGS. HE CATCHES THE SOUL OF THEM.