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Title: Chinese Xieyi--087(Flower & Bird):Spring Has Come to The Valley
Artist: Shirley Zhang
Size: 43cm x 67cm
Completed Time: Friday, July 14, 2006
Remarks:
This is my 87th Chinese Xieyi Picture -- Freehand Brushworks.

This is also the third picture that I painted this week. After my art lesson on Wednesday, I have been thinking how to improve my plum blossom painting level -- I did not satisfy my 85th Chinese Xieyi picture that I painted in my art lesson. The composition of the picture has too many problems and also the plum blossoms were not alive.

So, I created my 86th Chinese Xieyi picture on Thursday night. However, the composition of the picture still there and I did not think that I had a very clear thoughts in my mind how to paint a plum blossom.

So, Friday evening, I went to buy some new art books to read ? in the past 3 years, I have bought about 300 art books, painting columns and painting teaching DVDs. As soon as I did not know how to paint, I went to buy book to read. Then, I create my 87th Chinese Xieyi picture.

After the reading, I have had the basically steps to paint plum blossoms, and the good thing is that I have learned a new way to paint the flower's pistil part. I do think that can bring a flower to be alive much more than I did before.

Anyway, in my art books, the traditional Chinese style plum blossom painting is still like a feature, most of them have no a far away background.

So, except learning to paint the traditional painting way. I will still keep my own thoughts to create my own plum blossoms with a far away background... Just as I did when I created My Chinese Gong Bi Pictures.

Sometimes, I think, it is really the biggest pity that I have not been having an opportunity to enter an art college to be a student except I give up my current work at this time, to make my childhood dream to be true. However, maybe it is not a bad thing as well -- there is no much painting theory and rules in my mind, so that, most of time, I just paint and create with my own feeling instead of the rules in the textbooks... :-)

Life of painting is feeling and creating. Do you think so?