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Title: Shirley Created Art - Chinese Xieyi -0203-206: Fat Crab- My 5th-8th Painting in the US
Artist: Shirley Zhang
Size: 34 cm x 69cm (13.38 inch x 27.15inch)
Completed Time: Fri, Feb 6, 2009
This is my 206thChinese Xieyi Painting and it is one of my 376th pictures since 2003, the 5th picture that I have created in 2009 and the 9th painting in the US.

Since I created my 202nd Chinese Xieyi: Spring last Tuesday, I have been in a strong feeling that want to paint. So, as soon as I received the comments of my Chinese art teacher on my last painting -- he thought that my painting skill had some retrograded so that this picture was just been given 80 marks for three problems on it:

1) The brush of flowers lack layer and change -- Chinese Xieyi asks every brush has different color -- from deep color to light color, or from light to deep color, should no be same;

2) Among flowers the layer feeling is not enough-- there is no the distinguish from near to far away;

3) The birds are not good enough.

Yes, he was right, the 67 days' stopping is really a too long time.

So, as soon as put down the telephone, I started to work on my homework. Oh, my God! To paint crab, the first feeling that jumped into my mind were two Chinese idems "Wang Mei Zhi Ke -- to Quench Their Thirst by Thinking of Plums" and "Hua Bing Cong Ji" -- to draw cakes to allay hunger... :-)

Ha, since I left from my city by the Ocean, it is not easy to eat the sea food as I was in my city. So, it seems like it is possible for me to "Eat" them by my eyes. :-)

With many smiles, I started my creating, but I could not find the feelings for I had forgot what the crab¨s legs looked like. So, until I painted my 6th crab and threw 2 pictures into the rubbish box I just found back the feeling... I have remembered what the crabs from river looked like and I have remembered what my teacher taught me on my first crab painting practice. Then, how I should paint the crabs from the sea? I am thinking of it... :-)

My Chinese art professor thought that I have made progress much more than my last picture and every one has gotten a mark over 90. :-)

How do you think of my new painting, do you like them? Do you want to eat them?

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

--Shirley Zhang

Feb 6, 2009 in Missouri State University, USA