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Title: Shirley Created Art -- Chinese Xieyi -0198:Peony Practice -018 in the US
Artist: Shirley Zhang
Size: 35cm x 53.5cm
Completed Time: Sat, Oct 5, 2008
This is my 198thChinese Xieyi Painting and it is one of my 358 pictures since 2003, the 53rd painting that I have painted in 2008.

Also, it is the 1st painting that I created during I am studying in the College of Business Administration of Missouri State University in the US.

Since I painted my last paining in China on Sep 24, I have not painted for 9 days for my long distance traveling. But, the love to art of painting does not be reduced at all. So, today, when I feel that I can live here with some basic life condition, before I have time to bought and fix my TV, wash machine, table, before I have filled my refrigerator with food enough, before I have had a painting board, I started my painting practice.

I can buy or fix the other things later; I can not stop painting for a long time -- 9 days is really too long to wait.

So, I carried the only desk in my apartment into the kitchen, made it near the water and be in a brighter light. I cut my paper smaller so that it can be opened on the desk.

I wanted to paint a picture with white and red. When I opened my color boxes, I just found that in my 150 tubes¨ colors, there are only 4 tubes white. Oh, my God, white would be the colors that I need most. How did I do that? I do not know at all. For saving the white color, I changed my idea to paint with the other colors. After painting 2 pictures with green and yellow, and threw them into the rubbish bag, I found back my feelings and created this one

My painting condition is poor, my heart is singing at this moment. After all, I am keeping my Chinese painting learning and created in a foreign country during my studying time.

For me, painting is something that I love from my blood, so, no matter what will happen in the future, I am going to keep it.

Do you know? Just for carrying my Chinese painting tools, I was punished 250 USD by the Airways. Now, I do feel lucky, because I have had the basic condition to work. It is really deserve to be punished. Right? :-)

How do you think of my new painting? Do you enjoy it?

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, welcome to write to, you can also publish your opinions in Forum . :-)

--Shirley Zhang

Sat 5, 2008 in Missouri, USA