You Can Paint!
Jesus saith unto him,
I am the way, the truth, and the life:
no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
- John 14: 6
I had never thought one day I could learn oil painting, for I always believed it was a very difficult and deep thing.
In the city of Putian where I had been an English teacher, there were many oil painting workshops, where many young people were hired to copy famous paintings to sell in the market. A friend of mine introduced me to such a workshop. Seeing others painting everyday soon acquainted me with the use of colors, brushes and canvas, and put an eagerness in me to learn oil painting.
The master of the workshop let me start from copying a painting. I tried but felt it too hard. So I went to the bookshop to buy a book for beginners. I did find such a good book.
It was Basic Lessons of Oil Painting by
Wendon Blake. The book was composed by 12 lessons, arranged from simple to
difficult, teaching how to paint still life, floral, different types of
landscape and portraits. In each lesson there was an example, followed by simple
and clear instructions showing how the work was done.
So I did some more copies, from simple
to more complicated, feeling more and more at ease. Once or twice, I even
painted from the sketches I did with pastel. Thus I found again the fun and love
for painting. It always drawed my heart closer to God and made me love Him more,
it enabled me to appreciate more the silent beauty of God's creation, it made my
heart long for those pure and beautiful things, and put a wish in it to love
Some of My Oil Paintings
Do you like them? (Comment: All are imitations except the last three, which are my own works.)