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Title: Shirley Created Combined Art -- 018: Autumn
Artist: Shirley Zhang
Size: 69.5cm x 69.5cm
Completed Time: Saturday, July 19, 2008
Listen to Shirley Singing the Poem in Chinese Nov 18, 2007
Listen to Shirley Singing the Poem in English Nov 18, 2007
Learning the Meaning of the Poem
Shirley Created Picture & Calligraphy for the Poem July 19, 2008

This is my 19th Combined Paintingthat I created for Chinese Classical Poetry, It is also my 339th painting since 2003 and the 33rd painting that I have painted in 2008.

This is the second weekend after the English examinations of my first term in Beijing Foreign Studies University as a distance part time student. Even though I would start a short international traveling in several days, then to prepare the other possible longtime international traveling for 1 year, the desire of painting made me start to paint at 7:30am Saturday morning.

Maybe for the painting desire was hidden in my heart for too long time, maybe for too many feelings needed to be expressed via a painting, I did not feel enough after I had completed my first picture. I wanted to create this one as soon as put down my brushes and cleaned my tools. After I completed this one, I still wanted to create a new one. :-)

Except cooked and ate a simple lunch, I stood by my picture for about 14 hours, from 7:30am to 9:30 pm. on Saturday. I felt a little bit tired on my body. My mind was still excited. With much happy, peaceful and enjoyed feeling, I felt the mysterious and charm of painting again.

Meanwhile, I am really happy for the hard working on painting learning for 5 years is bringing me an enjoyment on the using of painting skills.

I created my peonies and chrysanthemums with brushes and colors directly. I just paint according the flowers and birds in my mind, with my colors and brushes... the freedom of imagine, the freedom of color's using really have brought me into a lovely art world... I was dancing via my brushes; I was singing via my birds; I was enjoying the happiness of creating in a huge art world.

I created this picture for a Chinese classical lyric. I had created a piece of music for it a few months ago. You are welcome to see its meaning, writing background and the calligraphy via the links. I have also created a piece of music to match it in Nov, 2007 and hope it will be a help to you to understand the poem.

How do you think of this picture? Do you like it?

If you have any questions, comments and suggestions, please write to or You are welcome to publish your opinions in Forum as well.

Shirley Zhang

Written on Saturday, July 19, 2008