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Title: Shirley's Art Works 763 & Xieyi 418-A128-Shirley's 162nd Assignment in Chinese National Academy of Arts --Nov 28, 2012
Artist: Shirley Zhang
Size: 103cm x 206cm (40.55inches x 81.10inches ) - Chinese Ink on Paper
Completed Time: Nov 28, 2012
Remarks:
This is and my 763rd painting since 2003, the 418th Chinese Xieyi Painting, the 78th Landscape ( the 14th Chinese Ink Landscape), and my 162nd assignment in Chinese National Academy of Arts since Oct 7, 2011.

I learned to paint this painting from Fan Kuan <990C1020>who was one of the greatest artists in Song Dynasty (960C1279) and his paintings were considered as the No. One then and even today, therefore, even though it is a very difficult thing to paint this painting, I chose to do it because I wanted to learn from the best ancient artist.

I worked on this painting for 11 days, in a very hard work and living conditions -- it is about -5 to 6 C degrees out of the door, it has not offered heat in my room and in the classroom, the temperature in the my classroom is 13 to 14 C degrees. Whole of Beijing should be applied heat before Nov 15. It is said here is a new development area, therefore, there is no a schedule to applied heat yet.

Many times, when I felt the ache in my bones, found the edema was getting much more and looked at the chaps on my hands and face in the cold season, I wanted to give up and went back home at one, since it is still 18 - 24 C degrees in Shenzhen.

But, when I worked on it while I listened to the records of my professors in China Central Academy of Fine Arts and in Chinese National Academy of Arts, the more I listened to, the more I got the encouragement to keep studying here... the more I painted this painting, the more I felt there were too many things that I had to learn. Day and day, finally, I basically complete it.

I will ask my tutor whether I should color it with light colors in the lessons tomorrow and try to improve it...

Do you know what I wanted to do when I work on it? I wish that I will have an opportunity to visit Taiwan and to see this painting with my own eyes in the the Palace Museum in Taiwan...

Anyway, I will think of my health and to decide to go back Shenzhen or not... :-)

How do you think of this painting? Do you enjoy it?

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, welcome to write to shirley@ebridge.cn or shirleyz004@yahoo.com ,you can also publish your opinions on Message Board . :-)

--Shirley Zhang
Nov 28, 2012