‘Story behind the Nymph of Petal Tears’

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First order of business: I’d like to thank you for clicking on this image; it proves that you aren’t sick of viewing this original surreal acrylic painting….yet. I figured that with all the available space on this personal website, I might as well get personal with my art in a positive manner. I am constantly being inspired by music, whether as a lullaby soothing me as I brew my tea in the looong morning hours, or awakening the artistic side of my brain while painting/typing this. I usually choose one or two emotionally connecting songs to listen to on loop mode. It brings out the raw elements of the lyrics and soundtrack.

I made the falling flower petals a tasteful substitute for the imagery of tears and blood, since that is a main detail in the Chinese song: ‘Painting Face (花心).’ The song focuses upon two close sisters who set fire to their former friendship when they realize that both of them have fallen in love with the same man. I interpret the haunting song as the two of them reminiscing over all they have lost in the name of jealousy, betrayal, spite, lust, and revenge. Was it all worth it? Wrecking years of friendship/sismance for a taste of love?

Here are the lyrics, credited to  http://echowillow.livejournal.com/18834.html?mode=reply . I made a few edits as I saw appropriate, no copyright infrigment intended. Please make your own judgements/ideas about the ballard’s message.

画心/huà xīn/Painting heart

作曲(Composter):      藤原育郎/Ikurou Fujiwara

作词(Lyricist):            陈少琪/ Keith Chen

歌手(Singer):           张靓颖/Zhang Liang Ying
看不穿是你失落的魂魄

kàn bú chuān shì nǐ shī luò de hún pò

Oblivious to your distracted, aloof soul,  

猜不透是你瞳孔的颜色,

cāi bú tòu shì nǐ tóng kǒng de yán sè,

Ignorant to the fact that it was in the colour of your pupils,

一阵风, 一场梦

yī zhèn fēng , yī chǎng mèng

One gust of wind; one waking dream,  

爱如生命般莫测  (爱是生命的莫测)

ài rú shēng mìng bān mò cè  (ài shì shēng mìng de mò cè)

Love, like life, ever so full of mysteries  (Love is life’s deepest mysteries).

你的心,到底被什么蛊惑?

nǐ de xīn,  dào dǐ bèi shí me gǔ huò?

Your heart, what has bewitched it so?

你的轮廓在黑夜之中淹没

nǐ de lún kuò zài hēi yè zhī zhōng yān méi

Your outline fades before vanishing into the dark, unforgiving night.

看桃花,开出怎样的结果

kàn táo huā,  kāi chū zěn yàng de jié guǒ

Examining the peach blossoms, what results will occur?

看着你,抱着我

kàn zhe nǐ bào zhe wǒ

I watch you embrace me, 

目光似月色寂寞  (目光比月色寂寞)

mù guāng sì yuè sè jì mò  (mù guāng bǐ yuè sè jì mò)

With eyes as lonely as the moonlight,  (With eyes lonelier than Chang’E)

就让你在别人怀里快乐

jiù ràng nǐ  zài bié rén huái lǐ kuài lè

It’s time to let you go; seek happiness in the arms of another.

爱着你, 像心跳难触摸。

ài zhe nǐ  xiàng xīn tiào nán chù mō。

Loving you has become intangible like a heartbeat.  

画着你 ,画不出你的骨骼。

huà zhe nǐ , huà bú chū nǐ de gǔ gé。

I’m unable to construct your skeleton as I paint you.

记着你的脸色, 是我等你的执着。

jì zhe nǐ de liǎn sè , shì wǒ děng nǐ de zhí zhuo。

To remember your expression is my stubborn way of wishing for your return.

你是我 一首唱不完的歌。

nǐ shì wǒ  yī shǒu chàng bú wán de gē。

You are my endless song,

你的轮廓在黑夜之中,淹没。

nǐ de lún kuò zài hēi yè zhī zhōng ,yān méi。

But your defined silhouette still fades into the dark, lonely night.

看桃花,开出怎样的结果?

kàn táo huā,  kāi chū zěn yàng de jié guǒ?

Watch the fluttering peach blossoms, what fruits will they bear?

看着你,抱着我,

kàn zhe nǐ ,bào zhe wǒ,

I watch you embrace me,    

目光比月色寂寞,

mù guāng bǐ yuè sè jì mò,

With eyes lonelier than the solemn moonlight.

就让你, 在别人怀里快乐,

jiù ràng nǐ  ,zài bié rén huái lǐ kuài lè,

It’s time to let you seek happiness , in the arms of another,

爱着你, 像心跳难触摸。

ài zhe nǐ , xiàng xīn tiào nán chù mō。

My love for you, is throbbing within my heartbeat.    

画着你, 画不出你的骨骼。

huà zhe nǐ , huà bú chū nǐ de gǔ gé。

I’m unable to create your skeleton, as I paint you

记着你的脸色, 是我等你的执着

jì zhe nǐ ,de liǎn sè,  shì wǒ děng nǐ de zhí zhuo。

To remember your expression, is my stubborn way of waiting for you.   

我的心, 只愿为你而割舍。

wǒ de xīn,  zhī yuàn wéi nǐ ér gē shě。

My heart sheds, only for you.

(完/End)

If this song doesn’t make you shed a tear, then you’re either a pragmatic or a psychopath. Pick one.

Thanks for supporting me. If you have any questions, comments, etc., please drop a comment below.

谢谢/Thank you.

 

‘Six-Tailed Kitsune’

This is the first time I chose to create a self portrait; this wasn’t any sort of assignment for a studio class or even a prompt for an art contest.

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Sketchbook composition done in charcoal pencil and photographed with my lucky charm: a Chinese macrame necklace with a moonstone locket box.
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Sloppy underpainting: neat borders made with blue painter’s tape covering the edges.

I believe that the most difficult aspect of this original painting was the placement and structure of the foxes; in order to keep the flow of the work consistent I added another fox (lower left hand corner)

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vivid colors and details slowly being constructed
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Since kitsunes have different powers I chose to paint them different colors and allow the viewer to guess which had which magical ability.
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Tweaking the final details and placement of the eyes, lips, etc.

I have seen another contemporary artist, Kelly Denato,’s paintings which possessed a glowing effect despite no iridescent shimmer paints. In order to achieve that same effect I used a tiny brush and pastel paints to dip dots all over the backdrop, almost like fluttering flower petals and snowflakes.

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Final colors/signed acrylic painting. 

This will more than likely end up in my ‘Best of 2017’ post upon January 1, 2018. Thanks as always for viewing. Merry we meet and merry we part.

~Xi Wen Chen

‘August Eyes’

I haven’t been doing many digital paintings with Adobe Illustrator lately…until recently that is. I am inspired by the various cats that occupy my chosen college, Pratt Institute: Brooklyn Campus

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Here are Spotty and Pistachio exchanging a cute peck of the nose before grunting their disgust.

This is the reference photo:

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I decided to emphasize on the peridot green eyes and various shades almost naked to the eye in the pitch black ebony fur.

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The shaggy mane reminds me a bit of a lion’s mane; so pearly and silky!

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I chose not to add more highlights or shadows upon the splotches of shadows in order to fully sharpen up the images of the rosy border.

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The star shaped blended backdrop is meant to bring out the other parts of the scenery and complement my chosen colors for my typed signature:

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My ears are pointy and twitching; eagerly anticipating some unique commissions for door signs/posters. I just need to set up my payment info…..

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‘Parisian Doodle

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My final, finished acrylic painting, ‘Parisian Doodle,’ is the fourth entry of my collection submitted to the Westminster Kennel Club annual art contest. Fun fact: this glossy black plastic frame is $4 from the nearby Family Dollar

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To be honest, I wasn’t sure whether or not I’d continue after this stage; I was uneasy over whether I should or not stereotype in an asthetically pleasing way, with the Parisian Eiffel tower and Palace of Versailles garden.

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Is the ‘Parisian Doodle’ better off without the tiny delicate flecks of glossy gold Golden acrylic paint marks or not? You decide.

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I always make sure to shamelessly self endorse my live painting videos on my story portion of my Instagram page, @xi_wen_c  , at least three hours ahead.

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The close up are on my other ‘Parisian Doodle’ Instagram journal entry. Merry we meet, and merry, we part.

Your friend, coven sister, packmate, confident, roommate, ally, business partnery,

~Xi Wen Chen/陈睎文

‘Thinking of Love’

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This original acrylic painting, 14 X 11 inch framed ‘Thinking of Love’, is a combination of my newfound affections for a certain classmate/friend, while unloading the emotional baggage of my two ex-boyfriends.

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The primary symbols of this Hindu goddess akin to Kali are the seven chakras of the chakra ladder. For those of you who don’t know, according to Hinduism, the body is broken up into seven symbols, a.k.a., chakras. It begins with the red root chakra, orange sacral, yellow solar plexus, green heart (repurposed as a carrier owl with a keyhole), ultramarine blue throat, and purple third eye that resembles a crown. The crown chakra is invisible.

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Fun fact: Indian woman typically have their left nostril pierced and connected by a nose ring to their left pierced ears. The size of the nose ring indicates the wealth of her in-laws, so, better check your reflection right before crossing the altar.

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This is a close up of my owl, water lily pond, and parts of the vintage silver frame.

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I love the stylized purple of the body and red root plus orange sacral chakras. I would have added a sexy belly piercing ring, but I have a stigma against exposed naval piercings:they are for prostitutes and/or strip dancers.

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The creamy Taj Mahal is composed of creamy yellow ochre, yellow cadinum dark, cobalt blue, and ultramarine blue. I believe that there is some mars black and dark cadinum red mixed in as well.blood-moon.png

The eerie yet poetic blood moon represents all the moon deities transcending time and countries. Some include: Chang’E, Selene, Luna, Hecate, Kaguya, Artemis, Diana, and Maya.

I’m inspired completely by past/present love plus Arden Cho’s unique, unforgettable song: Memory.

May love be well with ya; I swore it off for most of my high school career which in hindsight was well worth it. I have a large scholarship to Pratt Institute, no serious health issues/STDs, or physical attachments.

All be well with thee.

~Xi Wen Chen 陈睎文

‘Le Chien Qui est Coloré’

 

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Finished & Framed Version of ‘Le Chien Qui est Coloré’

For my third art entry in the Westminster Kennel Club art contest my aunt @missmochitheyorkie (on Instagram!) texted me this gorgeous reference photo of her adorable yorkie, Mochi, for me to use as a reference photo:

 

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Occasionally, I sketch out the figure first in either charcoal or pencil rather than figure it out with a thin layer of turpenoid:

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The head is a bit too small in this initial layer

IMG_0642IMG_0678          I enjoy creating these live painting demos on Instagram because:

  1. It’s fun to answer questions from my awesome followers, shout out to friends, and share my unique melting pot of music.
  2. It reminds me that yes, I do need to add more tunes to my playlists.
  3. It’s live proof of my artistic talent/creativity.
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Close up on the face:

Please don’t forget to comment/like! I will also be posting the process videos including the embellishment and varnishing portions. And if you wish to receive more speedy updates please follow me on Instagram @xi_wen_c . Blessed be your weekend!

‘Royale Mischief’

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‘Royale Mischief’ is inspired by Victorian era paintings of pampered dogs portrayed in mansions. I decided to use oil paint to create the vivid textures in the coat and and furniture.

fb 4        The fur coat is a mass of lightly blended colors, it was fun to experiment with vibrant and subtle hues. Creating the torso and proportions was quite difficult, since this pooch isn’t standing or sitting still.

fb 0fb-1.jpeg  For the first two layers, I was at a lost as to what to do with the background; I first painted it green since grass was the backdrop in my French bulldog reference photo:

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Photo credit to The Denver Post (Westminster Kennel Club)

fb 5        I am rather satisfied with the end results: I enjoyed painting the facial expression and implying the backdrop. I believe that a mix of cadmium red and Indian red Gamblin oils was a suitable choice sicne it helped define the curves and edges of the pup.

I’ll be posting a varnish video of it the minute this painting is completely dry. Blessed be your weekend!

~Xi Wen Chen