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Title: Title: Shirley's Art Works-1323 -Chinese Xieyi--770 --My 606th Assignment of CNAA & the 199th One of the Second Phase---Feb 13, 2018
Artist: Shirley Yiping Zhang
Size: 57cm x 27cm( 22.44inches x 10.62inches)
Completed Time: Feb 13, 2018
This is my 770thChinese Xieyi Painting and my 1322nd painting since 2003and My 606th assignment and 198th painting in the study of the second phase as a candidate of Degree of Master of Fine Arts of Chinese National Academy of Arts.

I created this paintings for my father. At the first, I wished to paint a landscape with only Chinese ink, however, when I thought that he is 93 years old, maybe I should paint something with red color for showing luckier for him in the new year, so, I did. But I did not very satisfy it yet, so, I painted another painting with yellow color on the second night.

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

When I mentioned the two new paintings, there is a good news and ideas I would like to share with you:

-- I wanted to create a painting with flowers and landscape when I was practicing a Chinese art song about a flower at the 65th time. At once, I took up my brush and created a painting while humming the song. Then at the time I sang the song about the 70th time, I created the second one. and I thought maybe I should create a series with the colors of red, orange, yellow, green, black, blue and violet? :- )

-- Since I have been thinking of creating my own cross-culture and comprehensive art with poetry, painting and music, why didn¨t I think of creating my own combined arts with landscape and flower and bird painting together? Instead of just following the arrangement of the school to work in a single field of the 3 kinds of paintings: flower and bird painting, landscape or figure painting.

-- I have been pursue the specialty of my paintings and wanted to put too many cultural elements inside, so that the paintings I created for Chinese class poems may be complex to impossible to teach native English speakers to paint it while singing it and reciting it, and I had to make the art course and poetry course in two different courses with different content, instead of working on them at the same time.
So, I am thinking, it I can create my paintings for the Chinese classical poems a little bit simpler, maybe it will help me to improve my teaching more efficiently?

-- I have been having distressing myself about the situation that I had majored in Chinese flower and bird paintings for 5 years in the art colleges, now I am majoring in landscape with only Chinese ink, both of them sound like something parallel, so, I am worrying about what I had learned on flower and bird may become something wasted? Right now, it seems like I have found a way to combine them and created my own style?

-- I have some new inspiration from music learning: it should be a spiritual activity advanced more than painting, so, in my cross-culture and comprehensive art dream, the relationship of them may be: Music, Poetry, Painting. Therefore, when I work with native English speakers, the work order should be: Painting, Music and Poetry.

-- I have had a new feeling of ^Freedom ̄ when I painted while singing and worked on both of painting and music at the same time. To paint according to what I had seen and felt in my mind from my songs, have brought me a quite enjoyable emotion at the same time.

Since I have paid most attention to the painting for I thought that my cross-cultural and comprehensive art should be based on it, so I have stayed/would stay in the art collages and major in Chinese painting for 9 years (2010 to 2019), but ignored music studying for a long time C just keeping practicing voice for 30 minutes each day and had lessons too less.

As soon as I realized it, I adjusted my time on music practicing. Then I got the unexpected gain, to work on both of them at the same time´

This way, not only resolve the problem I have no time enough to work on so many things, but also, it has offered me some new created idea. About this, I need to think much more. However, I mean sure, it will certainly bring me a overflying on my art study and help my dissertation. Do you think so?

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

--Shirley Yiping Zhang
Feb 17, 2018