Coming Back to Art after 26 years
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How Going to China led me Back to Making Art


Hi Everyone!

I hope your winter is moving along very quickly! 

In my last blog, I told the story of how I began making art at the University of Guelph. (click here if you missed it). Today's blog shows you the paintings I made when I finally got back to making art after 26 years.

Traveling to China in 2008 with my husband was an unknown kick-start art-creating event for me. As I was still regaining my health, it was an arduous journey with airport delays and more, but the 3 weeks I spent in Zhumadian, Henan Province, were almost magical - everything was so different. I took thousands of photos with my digital camera and when I got back home I suddenly had subject matter to paint for decades! 

The above tricycle was one of my first China projects (after I'd painted a textured white magnolia). I remember being so intimidated by the photo I'd taken, "Could I really paint this photograph - there's so much detail!" But it was one of my favourite photos from my China Trip, so I was eager to give it a try. The super fast drying acrylic paint I'd bought from the local university art store didn't help, it dried almost upon touching the gessoed board. 

This Chinese Tricycle painting actually took me a whole month to finish! It sold in an art society juried show and needless to say, I was encouraged!

The photo of this little Chinese girl was my next favourite photograph - and the painting sold as well the following year (to a member of my art society) - yay!

But it was the Chinese "vehicles" that really grabbed my attention, so I continued making Chinese vehicle paintings - each of them taking me about a month long to complete.

Would you not have been fascinated by this image too? An entrepreneur, riding from business to business, house to house, collecting recyclable materials. Not only would he earn a little to truck it away, but he was also paid when he'd take it to the recycle plant.
A more common site in the town of Zhumadian, was a rickshaw like this. I saw them much more often than the ones pulled by a man walking/running. This painting I call "Green Tricycle Cab"

Each one of my China paintings gave me a new challenge. How was I going to paint the fence in the background? My hand was very unsteady - I was still regaining health - but there were ways. I made a template out of stiff card stock and cut out a couple of sections of the fence, taped it down, then painted and when the paint dried, I moved on to the next section.


I've made about 25 China paintings so far. The first 20 were victims of fading red paint - which I unknowingly purchased. And I have since repainted some of them. This one of the two girls on a Chinese swing was done with high quality paint, as were the rest I'm going to show you in this blog.

I call this "Boy Sleeping on a Motorcycle" - acrylic on board, 2012

"Men Playing Chinese Chess" - acrylic on board, 2012

Two Sides of a Chinese River, acrylic on board, 2012
See my 2008 blog with photos: 
 23 day trip to China.

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