Showing posts from February, 2013

Sister Wendy, Happy 83rd Birthday!

Sister Wendy Beckett (born 25 February 1930) is a Catholic nun, who was born in South Africa and educated in Oxford where she was awarded a first class degree in English literature. She has lived a life of solitude for almost thirty years on the grounds of a monastery in England.

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I never knew about Sister Wendy until I started painting in 2001. Our local library carries a very decent amount of books and DVDs. So, I go there and check them out often, I have found many art resources.

I did not pay too much attention to the stories behind each masterpiece before. I was more interested in learning the composition or techniques, etc. One day, I saw Sister Wendy on a cover of a DVD in the art section and just out of curiosity I brought it back home to watch.

That was the most remarkable experience I had ever had. I was totally moved by her eloquence and charm, her profound spirit, her passion in art, her rich knowledge and outstanding description of shar…

Lady from Bangladesh

There are many beautiful portraits that have visually showed us the subject's personality, history and culture.  I think facial expression is another very interesting subject in art.  That is why I love to study it.  I do it differently than some artists who just copying a photo.  I'd rather to know a little bit more about my subject before I start painting.  Here are some some portraits I painted and the stories behind them.  Please visit my online gallery at: to see more.

Lady from Bangladesh was the portrait I painted in March 2011. We used to be neighbors for a short while. Her name is Tahmina. She was the mother of three very nice and well-educated boys, with such a sweet character. One early morning, I saw her dressed this lovely traditional pink/magenta sari in the garden, the morning light went through her veil, shining on her face... I went back and grabbed my camera immediately and took a couple of photos. Afte…

Happy Lunar New Year - Paintings with Auspicious Symbols

February 10, 2012 is the first day of lunar year of the Snake.  Chinese usually begin the day by offering prayers and welcoming the gods of heaven and earth. Everyone tries to get there early so that their prayers reach the Jade God. Many of us may stay away from a heavy meal, just because we all have had eaten too much in the new year eve.  Many exciting things can be seen in the first 15 days of New Year celebrations. Every day has a special importance to it. Chinese celebrate each day in a traditional manner, some of them have already interpreted into a local way.  Still the meanings of each of the symbols remain.

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Magpies are believed to be one of the most intelligent of all animals. In Chinese culture, the magpie is an auspicious bird (the opposite of the crow) which has been depicted in art and literature for thousands of years of history. Magpies appear in the most happy events, representing positive energy for new years celebrations, festiva…