Painting Essay


  I am most fascinated with painting. What I love and hate about it is
the ever-present uncertainty in the creation process, where results are
often unpredictable or unexpected. Isnt life in reality just like that


  Compared with the finished work, I am more fascinated with the
process of creating it. Perhaps it is because the atmosphere in the
painting draws me closer and closer as it materializes I always want my
painting to be a reflection or a record of the track marks of my mental
activities, throughout its birth, progress and completion. I want my
painting to be a triune of my spiritual activities, the process of a
painting and the experience of realistic life.


  Some paintings took me no time to complete; they were conceptualized
in my heart, and I would put them down on the canvas at one sitting. But
more often, I would paint and re-paint a picture again and again, each
time starting from scratch both in terms of my mentality and approach,
and every time it would be a deconstruction, modification or
reconstruction of the previous version.


  Painting is a most interesting game. In the process of playing
against myself, I achieve temporary respite from the confusions and
frustrations in reality again and again. In the same manner, I enjoy
momentary resolution again and again from the tangle of complex and
conflicting thoughts about mind and matter, consciousness and
subconsciousness, fantasy and hope, existence and nothingness, nature
and life.


  Creation, is to create a bunch of questions first and then proceed
to solve them one by one. During the creating process, there will be
times when you are suddenly hit with seemingly insurmountable
bottlenecks. Moreover, such situations are usually not overcome with
sheer effort. The answers and clues may be contained within the details
of life. One needs to wait, accumulate, and meditate allowing the doubt
to work its mysterious wonders in the subconscious mind; once the mind
reaches a state of saturation, any bits of the details of life could
trigger flashes of inspiration, and bring about breakthroughs.

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  There are no boundaries to the techniques and languages of art. New
inspirations and subjects of expression need to be realized through new
and suitable techniques and languages. Creation is more of a journey of
my spiritual explorations, a struggle against the existing techniques
and languages, a constant tug-of-war with myself.


  The artists journey of artistic evolution is actually a
manifestation of his mental evolution. In his acts of artistic creation,
the artists mental state will determine the form of his art and how he
presents images artistically. The artists creation activity is one that
is intentional (in his inner world). The artists intention determines
what he draws and how he draws. The audience, then, needs to understand
the artists intention (emotion, thought, hope, fear, etc.) before they
can appreciate his works and read into the meaning that is embodied
within these works.


  The creation of paintings is usually very private and personal, and
is sustained by the self-contained world of the artists psyche. This is
the fountain of life of creation. No matter if it merges with the
mainstream, or is always flowing in solitude, or consolidates into a
lake, or empties into the sea, this fountain is the wellspring of my
life. When it meets with other streams of water, it can blend with them
readily, or it can also greet them cordially before going separate ways.
In short, it flows naturally and cannot be forced. It reminds me not to
lose my inner self about painting and often prods me to ask myself, Am I
still me?


  To see one world in a flower, we also need to realize that every
person is like a flower. In this world, every person or living thing is
a flower.I spend most of my life busy caring for self-nurturing,
self-nourishing, and self-improving, hoping that the flower within us
will eventually blossom. However, I will not stop myself from
appreciating others flowers. To allow myself to blossom while being able
to appreciate others is to live according to the saying, The person who
desires is a lesser being than one who enjoys. There are as many flowers
as people in this world, which make our world multi-hued. Some flowers
are good for display, while others are used in medicine, tea leaves
(like chrysanthemum tea and osmanthus tea), poison, food … such
profusion yet each having its own little mission.As for me, I prefer to
nurse the fertile soil that is in my heart, and to be a happy,
breeze-loving jasmine, quietly perfuming the air with my fragrance.


  Every day, my thoughts about painting are like a kite flittering
about in the wind. My emotion and interest are my kite, and my reason
and goal are the kite line. Sometimes, the kite will drop from the sky.
In such moments, all I need to do is to think of ways to untangle the
kite line, so that the kite will be up and flying again.


  For a practitioner of art, the most important thing is to be in the
right state. This includes his state of mind and body, which means
staying physically and emotionally healthy, having peace of mind, being
mentally active, and be worry-free about his body. All these are
conducive to the formation of a benign energy field.


  Some people say my style of painting changes too fast, that I am now
at the stage of trying out different styles to find my own. I can accept
this observation. However, I wish to respond with this question: What is
this concept of stages? Having stages may not indicate having a pathway
to a predefined target or result.According to the Yi Ching, Life is
about making adjustments in stages. In my opinion, stages are like
semicolons, and my life is filled with stages linked to other stages.
Ones life is a series of interconnected stages; some of which may be
complimentary with another, while others may perhaps be different.


  To me, creation is no longer about expressing myself or to show
something, to achieve some goals, to make some contribution, or to
receive something in return…It is simply about truthfully experiencing
or realizing every moment of time that I have, in order to set free my
true spirit and internal language. Do not try to hide or mask yourself,
but rather, be a mass of sparks that, once ignited, will burn fiercely
and thoroughly.


  Did Van Gogh or Picasso ever mull over whether ordinary people were
able to easily appreciate their paintings! ? I do not think an artist
needs to ask himself such ques-tions. If we try to pander to the general
publics understanding of our art, all is lost!


  I liken my creating process to managing a large garden, in which I
cultivate different varieties of plants based on the condition of the
soil, environment and air. Each plant is its own, yet it is interrelated
with others, forming a benign cycle within an ecosystem. I am like a
gardener who tends his garden everyday, industriously cultivating and
irrigating the plants. This ongoing labor becomes a state. Once I am in
the right state in all aspects, it is like the nerve cells in my body
are all connected up and are ready to sprout fantastical inspirations at
any time. Once this state is disturbed, it is like to stop watering the
plants, or to find the air polluted. In time, the plants will wilt due
to a lack of nutrition and eventually die a premature death.


  I consider myself a wealthy person in terms of my possession of
time, because every day I have a full 24 hours and I have at my disposal
1,440 minutes. Yet, I wish to be a miser in spending this providential
wealth, to be so miserly as not to waste any single minute.


  When a person spends a prolonged period of time alone, whether to
draw, read or write, he puts himself in a situation where he needs to
face his own inner self. To me, it is akin to walking side by side with
death as a companion, for I can feel myself competing with time for my
youth at every moment, yet I am powerless in this struggle. I feel
small, even insignificant.However, is the fear of the insatiable
emptiness the eventual driving force behind all seemingly firm ideals
and deeds?I have passed the point of no return in my companionship with
solitude, for this is the only prescription to treat the desolation of
death. I do not seem to fear death anymore, because I have come to terms
with how lowly and weak my life is. So why should I be afraid of a few
paintings, or an exhibition? They are merely my spiritual medication.

  1.各种令人眼花缭乱的食物=the bewildering variety of

  My attitude towards criticism of my creations is that of
indifference. My reason is: at my present stage, my art is like the
various parts of an elephant and is yet to be pieced together into the
complete elephant. So it is premature for others to criticize them now.
Furthermore, for them to criticize or comment on my art while it is
still maturing is akin to the blind men trying to describe what an
elephant looks like by groping in the dark.The correct attitude is thus:
any criticism or suggestion that enters my left ear will be filtered in
my brain; the beneficial remarks will be absorbed, while the rest goes
out from my right ear. The important thing is to think for yourself, as
the ancient saying goes: You can lead a horse to water, but you cannot
make him drink.

  2.从认知的角度理解=in cognitive terms,其中in

  In the creation stage of Flower in the Wind, I basically sought to
convey realities by expressing my feelings as they really are.In the
creative stage of Journey to Dreamland, I started to go beyond reality
to portray something else, by weaving my thoughts into my works by
manipulating forms, lines, colors, spaces and brush strokes.

  3.有限的起源=constrained beginnings

  What is a good painting? I feel that my current creations are still
a great distance from works that convey the senses of carefreeness and
wonderment.Be it rational knowledge or technical accomplishment, when
they are fully absorbed into every cell of my body, they can
independently manipulate my emotions. All I have to do is to exercise my
vitality naturally. Works that I produce in these moments are then
considered my best works!

  4.支配语法=dictate a grammar

  Whatever we read and the convictions, views and experiences of our
forebears, the ancients or any others cannot substitute what we
accomplish with our own hands as well as our independent thinking.That
said, our forebears experiences and works can serve as a door or a
springboard, through which I can enter into another garden.We must never
allow our intuition and feelings be confined by dogmatic, second-hand
experiences and the thoughts of others, for otherwise we will die at the
doorstep before we can enter our own gardens.

  5.涵盖规模=entail the dimensions

  Painting is not easy, more so is to create a good painting. This is
because the core of painting is our inner world; most of the time, our
feelings or thoughts reflect our inner struggles. The emotions and
thoughts in life are insubstantial and invisible, whereas art serves to
transform the Subliminal into tangible, visible images and colors. In
other words, painting is a portrayal of ones heart (or what the artist
has distilled from it). Isnt this challenging? !

  6.科学事业=scientific enterprise

  The essence of art is to come out from thin air and yet able to
create something out of nothing.To me, inheritance and innovation are
like bees making honey. As a honey maker, I produce the honey from a
hundred flowers, while the accomplishments of my forebears are the
gardens with a hundred blossoms or like the twinkling stars in the sky.
As industrious as the honeybees, I work hard to collect the pollens of
inspiration according to my preference from among the multitude of
dazzling blossoms, and ferment them in my own honey comb to produce my
unique concoction of my honey from a hundred flowers.

  7.阻止和消除饥饿=stem and eradicate hunger

  At my current stage, I need to return to the issue of the purified
nature of art. This purity refers to how the various elements of the
painting can be portrayed in their pure form as well as the personality
strength and spiritual direction implied by these elements.

  8.某事由某人做出=something is initiated by somebody

  Be it people, plants, animals or everyday life, they fall prey to my
brush and become expressions of life. Whether dynamic or static, I
strive to imbue them with the thoughts and feelings of life, the rhythm
of music, the abstract language of dance and the excitement of games. I
see them all as the spiritual strokes of art.

  9.成功的学术生涯的先决条件=a prerequisite for a successful academic

  The weapon that can most successfully stifle an artist is perhaps
the craving for fame and public recognition. This is because the allure
of art is only in the art itself.Art conveys thoughts, but not to be
burdened by it. They are totally different matters.

  10.诠释语言的基本结构=unfold the fundamental structure of a language

  Only when one can stand solitude before he can uphold the simplicity
of art. Solitude conjures up the images of a deserted mountain, a flower
blooming beside a stream, a crescent moon shining coldly from high in
the sky. We should hold a conviction towards art, so that we can be
simpler, less adulterated.


  The process of painting has a far greater effect on me than the
final outcome of the work.Let me give you an analogy: parents give birth
to their children, raise them, and grow with them. This process of
interaction has a greater impact on the parents life than when the
children leaving home when they are grown. When grown-up children enter
the society, they will have their own destinies; what is left in the
hearts of the parents are mostly a deep longing and concern for them.In
the past, I was more concerned about the final outcome of my work than
the process. Now, the process of painting truly grows along with me; it
has become a record or symbol of my growth and a journey of my thoughts.
This form of creating process has almost become the entirety of my
personal meaning of painting, and the moment when my work is finally
completed (just assume it so), it is to me the my child is an adult now,
and he is starting his own life moment. At that moment, I have only one
thing left to do for this child that I created myself, and that is to
let go, remember and savor.


  We have many concerns in reality, and our emotions and thinking
change unpredictably. If I were to continue creating using the Flower in
the Wind approach, it would entail locking down my thoughts, feelings,
perception and illusion in the corresponding state; this would become an
emotional torment to current state. Only when I allow my emotions and
thoughts to change and develop, I could blend them onto the tapestry of
lines and colors; when I allow nature to unfurl, I can create with
ease.Sudden emotions and crises of the soul are the reasons for


  In this age of information explosion and mounting multi-cultural
tension, we as individuals can either choose to change, adapt and
experience, or we can also choose to retreat and fortify. Whichever
attitude we choose is the result of reasoning. What is important is we
must be happy with our decision. For now, I am firmly entrenched in the
traditional hand-painting camp, observing the changes and developments
around me, and allowing what I see to indirectly influence what I paint
eventually. Perhaps all the phenomena, people and objects will become
the prey of my brush. Think about it; how much fun and exciting this
life of a painter can be!

  On the whole, I paint very slowly, and it boils down to the fact
that I use my heart too much. Almost every one of my paintings have
lived, changed and experienced ups and downs together with my heart. I
could not allow my brushes to become detached from my inner feelings and
move for other reasons. My brushes obey my heart, which is sometimes
turbulent, sometimes quiet.

  Oil painting, color ink, Chinese painting, graffiti, and line
drawing they are derived from the same strain and differ only on the
techniques and presentation.In selecting their subjects, they are
neither contrived nor intentional; they stress on allowing the process
to be nature, including constraining what needs to be constrained, and
leaving what is subtle and ordinary to remain as it is. In creating
these paintings, the artists heart is guided by life, and his brush and
ink are guided by his heart.

  What is the true meaning of painter? I believe it is to paint
happily, live life truthfully and ,with unadulterated soul and a wise
brain. Painting is one of my games. Confucius taught us to enjoy arts,
which in plain language means to play or have fun. However, this form of
playing is not a waste of time or emotions, and it needs to be done
intelligently. Examples of intelligent play includes painting, IT
engineering, pastry making, becoming a wildlife expert, designer,
dancer, farmer, even housewife. So long as you take playing seriously,
you will derive much pleasure. Art has made me realize that painting
should be sincere and happy. It no longer matters if it is arduous or
tiring, or that I am poor. Why? Because I am having so much fun! Our
life shortens day by day, and I must enjoy my life while it lasts. How
am I going to enjoy it? Painting, reading, thinking and living.

  I keep a little notebook that chronicles the process of my search:
not only the sketches of my life, but also the recollections of my life
experiences, dictations of my flights of imagination, and also drafts of
my unformed abstractions that my deep-seated urge wishes to express.
These records serve to consolidate my musings into a formal language and
contextualize them into a variety of content and subjects.

  Live as brilliantly as a flower in summer, depart with the quiet
beauty of autumn leaves. I respect and love those artists who do not
care about glory and gains, nor universal fame and fortune, but to
consume themselves for their dreamsburning their own lives in exchange
for a value that is unappreciated in the real worldand who uphold their
belief in dedication. They are not afraid of being looked down, and are
only concerned about their free-spirited flight in their own idealized

  Support your spirit with ideals and beliefs; look upon the people
and occurrence around you with peace and tolerance; apply your knowledge
and skills to improve your life; use reason and judgment to avert those
crises in your life; win over the love and friendship of others by
exercising initiative and caring; use passion and perseverance to
accomplish your dreams; correct your shortcomings harshly and

  Cleanse yourselves, enrich your inner world, melt away techniques,
let your works exude an unforgettable charisma, let every line, every
color, speak of the hope in your heart.Focus all your passion and
strength in your painting, for this patch of land is real, honest,
fertile, promising, and worthy of your devotion to cultivate it.Purify
yourself, be dedicated every step of the way, and pursue art in its
purity to the extreme.

  Peking Opera and Kunqu Opera combine poetry, singing, dance, drama,
and costume into one art form. My attempts at painting the operas and
dances are not portraits on history or anecdotes, nor interpretations of
the stage plays, but to revive some of the traditional elements from
this art form in todays context, and to capture a fleeting impression, a
certain charm, and a sense of nostalgia in my painting.

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