Description Watercolor, 15 x 11. Earthen houses represent a vernacular architecture specific to Fujian province, China. Over twenty thousand of these houses still stand today, ten of which are over 600 years old. The oldest one was constructed over 1,200 years ago. The houses made of compacted earth were built to provide protection against bandits and wild animals. The older examples of this style of construction consist of interior buildings enclosed by huge peripheral ones holding hundreds of rooms and dwellers. With all the halls, storehouses, wells and bedrooms inside, functions almost as a small fortified city. Earthen houses are made of earth, stone, bamboo and wood.Many tulou clusters have been designated as UNESCO World Heritage site in 2008. This tulou cluster, called 'four dishes and one soup' is composed three circular, one oval and one rectangular-shaped earthen houses, surrounded by terraced fields, shaded trees, and layers of mountains.
Lisa Lu, State of Washington Member Since March 2009 Artist Statement Lisa first started painting with color pencils at the age of 10, and she has always loved to paint ever since; it allows her to express feelings with a peaceful mind. Self-taught and self-developed in watercolor and ink painting, each of Lisa's painting is a journey to adventure. Lisa presently resides with her husband and their son in the State of Washington. She is a licensed architect, and currently works in an architecture firm, while continuing self study and painting on architecture and landscape subjects in watercolors.