Study in the Practice-- Shirley's 528th Friendly Greeting from Beijing-- June 21, 2016

Hello, Have you had a wonderful Father’s Day or a good new week? I do hope you have.

On my side, after thinking of it for about 7 months and working on it for 3 weeks for over 250 hours, this afternoon, I completed the first preliminary design for my American State Birds which includes 102 birds and which is the first painting of Shirley’s American Cultural Map Series , while for the first book of a new book series.

Although it is a quite hard process for it is a creative job and there is no any air-condition in my new classroom in Beijing, it is a quite wonderful thinking and study process in the practice. Now I have not only studied much knowledge and skills on Chinese paintings, but also I have learned a lot of knowledge about American culture – especially birds, flowers and the geographical position of each state of the US.

I do have a feeling that maybe I have touched or maybe I have found a new method to combine American and Chinese culture phenomenon and I am trying to create my own art style? I am not sure about it 100% yet but I am thinking of publishing this book series in USA and in China, in English and in Chinese... ? What is your sugguestions to me?

Besides my own art creating work in Beijing, since the day I wrote to you on June 14, one of the biggest thing is that my former elementary school teacher Mrs. Cao Husheng who is my first music teacher when I was 8 years old came to see me. I led her to visit our classrooms, introduced her to my classmates and the office of Chinese Traditional Painting Academy and then I invited her to have a lunch.

I am so moved for she is still keeping a positive life attitude, sentimental tone and a young heart and feature even though she has been over 70. She plays piano and paints, also she is thinking of coming to my school to accept a professional art education. :-)

I am very happy to have a so nice teacher, therefore, as long as she sends her painting to me, I try to do my best to give her my commons and opinions. I am sure, she will certainly become a wonderful artist.

Tomorrow, I will start to correct something in my first design and think of how to do the design second time. At the interval, I have also painted some small paintings as my practices. They are with this letter below and hope to bring you a smile.

I am going to do my best to study and explore a special way which can help more people via a cross-cultural and comprehensive art style while improving myself...

How about you? Do you have anything special to share?

I am just a student on Arts of Painting, Music, English and Management, to work on the web site in my free time. I would really like to do somethings with what I have learned to make this little web site to be an Electronic Bridge of Cross - Culture and Comprehensive Arts, Language & Friendship. To help the others and this world while improving myself and realizing my own value of life.

I would really like to appreciate you for your understanding, directions, supports and help.

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, you are welcome to write to or leave your message on Message Board.


Shirley Yiping Zhang
June 21, 2016 (Beijing Time)
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