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Title: Shirley Created Art - Chinese Xieyi -0208: Bamboo Practice- My 10th Painting in the US
Artist: Shirley Zhang
Size: 40cm x 69cm (15.74 inch x 27.16inch)
Completed Time: Sun, Feb 28, 2009
Remarks:
This is my 208thChinese Xieyi Painting and it is one of my 378th pictures since 2003, the 8th picture that I have created in 2009 and the 10th painting in the US.

Can you imagine how I wanted to paint? On the second night of my Spring Holiday, after writing to my bosses, singing for my past American art and music teacher, I painted almost whole of the night. When I cleaned my sitting room, I just found that I had used 22 pieces of paper and my legs were so tied and felt aching. :-)

I wanted to paint a wide bamboo with my brush directly one-off, but I did not know how to do that. So, I tried and tried, until I could do that. Anyway, I could not paint the leaves good with my brush directly well yet.

My Chinese art teacher commented my paintings and told me that my problem is:

1) There was too much water on my brush, lack the contrast/comparison between the wet and dry.

2) The strength of my brush is not enough, the dynamic feeling is not enough.

3) The structure should be more daintily. :-)

So, the first one was given 90 marks, the other were given 85 and 80. I know that my teacher wanted to encourage me to work continuously. I also know that the road to paint a bamboo will be kept for whole of my life. It seems like to paint a bamboo is more difficult than to paint a flower. So, I will try to work on it as soon as I can.

How do you think of my paintings? Do you like them?



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

--Shirley Zhang

Mon, Apri l6, 2009 in Missouri State University, USA