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Title: Shirley Created Art -- Gouache 0120: Sunshine in The Mountains
Artist: Shirley Zhang
Size: 13.98inchesx 5.50 inches 号鯉: 35.5舌致 x 25.5舌致
Completed Time: Sat, March 8, 2008 扮寂 2008定3埖
Remarks:
This is my 120th Gouache Painting. Also it is my 11th painting in 2008 and the most difficult to complete in the past 5 years since March 2003.

Notes: This painting was collected in my first art exhibition in the US in Sep, 2009. (Shirley Noted It Feb 19, 2010)

Usually, I complete a similar painting once. This time, I completed it with 5 or 6 times since last Saturday...

The robbery 9 days ago has been affecting my emotion and heart. I cannot eat and sleep well. I cannot focus my brain on the things I have to do. I often make mistakes for I often feel my heart uncomfortable, just like a cat is touching it and it has destroyed my peaceful and regularly life style already.

However, my mind is very clear. I know that I should not be hit down by the hurt on my psychology, I should not give up my dreams since I childhood. I must stand up, to keep working in the company and to keep learning art of painting, music and languages no matter what has happened to me.

The more hard time I am meeting, the more hardworking I should do; the more difficult time I am facing, the more strong will I should have.

Even though my heart is very uncomfortable, my emotion does not allow me to create, I had forgot my art and music lessons time twice. I tried to teach myself by painting a picture according to an art book. Even though I have stopped several times during I worked and my heart could no in a peaceful and quiet way, I kept taking my brushes in my hand and I kept standing by my easel.

Finally, I have completed it already so that my son saw me "A Strong Mother" in his telephone call from the other side of the world. Yes, even though for my son and parents, I cannot only live, I must live with a higher life quality...

I know this is not the best picture of mine. This is a painting that I have completed with the biggest courage, will and effort. I do hope it will bring you a smile...

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please write to shirley@ebridge.cn, You are welcome to publish your opinions in Forum . :-)

--Shirley

Saturday, March 8, 2008