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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2012

December 23rd, 2011

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2012

Hello everyone,

I have sent a Holiday Greeting to my mail list, including a 25% discount code if you want to purchase any print from my art work at http://xueling-zou.artistwebsites.com/. And I have sent as many Holiday Greetings as I can!

If you are not on my mail list, you still can get the 25% discount from my print purchase. Please check my original art stories, and you can find the code at: http://originalartstories.blogspot.com/, thank you all!!

You are all welcome to join my mail list by click the "Join E-Mail List" on my FAA homepage, and also you can fill in the contact form through my art stories blog at: http://originalartstories.blogspot.com/p/contact.html.

Happy Holidays to You All!!!

Sincerely,
Xueling Zou

About FAA Search Engine???

December 21st, 2011

About FAA Search Engine???

Now, I have some doubt about FAA's search engine. It makes me wonder if our hard efforts sometimes don't get seen.

A patron just purchased one of my works "Untitled 1" tonight, I am happy about it! And I was just curious why this piece of my works be noticed. So I did search through FAA by "Untitled", there only 5 pages came out. And my "Untitled 1" was not included.

I checked a couple of the tags in the artwork that was returned, some had "untitled" in, some not. Depends on my limited computer search engine knowledge, I feel that we should be able to expect a more consistent result and a fair shot at getting our art revealed in searches on the site. We are serious professional people and we all work hard at our trade. I hope that the web site can make their best effort to support us, thank you!!

If you are interested, you are invited to http://originalartstories.blogspot.com/, thanks!

Sincerely,
Xueling Zou

Share My Art Experience

December 20th, 2011

Share My Art Experience

I would love to share my art experience with you at http://originalartstories.blogspot.com/, thank you all for being very supportive viewers, love your encouraging feedback always!

Happy Holidays!!

Sincerely,
Xueling Zou

Wall Street Drama

November 8th, 2011

Wall Street Drama

It is the reflection from my perspective as a visual artist, please check it out, and leave your comment or view other's comment at: http://fineartamerica.com/featured/wall-street-drama-xueling-zou.html. Thank you!

Best,
Xueling Zou

Lucky Being Born in Autumn

October 21st, 2011

Lucky Being Born in Autumn

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Autumn is it what I can't forget, because I was born in the season. I look forward and see myself looking back...

Today is my birthday, and I have never felt that I am so thankful and my life is so beautiful. I know that my mother was traveling, I could not reach her now. Though, I do want to share about everything in my life till today, and at this moment I finally I have realized that I am so lucky being born during autumn, this harvest season, with the richest and the warmest colors all over, this perfect whether, there was no hungry creature surrounded, what a perfect world... I should tell her how I felt at that moment, thank her for giving birth to me. I should let her know how lucky I feel about my life, which I went through with no smooth ride about my father suddenly left us in an accident when I was only ten, all my thoughts I haven't told her but now I would love to share with her...

Please read more at: http://originalartstories.blogspot.com/2011/10/lucky-being-born-in-autumn.html

4-Year-Old Talented Drummer

October 19th, 2011

4-Year-Old Talented Drummer

Sunday, July 17, 2011, I went to Los Altos farmers market. A beautiful blues voice and music attracted my attention. I walked close by and saw a young girl playing saxophone, and an older guy singing... I heard the drummer playing amazingly too, but could not see anyone there from the crowd.

Unfortunately, it was the last song, and the singer announced that the drummer was 4 years old. It was hard to believe, but it was true. It was around noon. I saw this little shy mixed boy was holding his mother's hand, standing under the Californian strong sun shining down on his head, while his mother was busy answering questions from other people.

I tried very hard to capture the boy's face, and imagined the bright future ahead of him... Sorry I didn't get their band's name, I am sure there are a lot of other people who know:-)!

Please view a better image at: http://fineartamerica.com/featured/4-year-old-talented-drummer-xueling-zou.html

Also you can read more stories about my art work at my new blog: http://originalartstories.blogspot.com/

Guatemala Impression II

October 19th, 2011

Guatemala Impression II

Guatemalan usually dress up traditionally for an event. Lot's of families could have more than 10 children. Some villagers still believe that taking their photos are bad luck and can steal their soul. Of course for me taking pictures of people is the most important part of my cultural experience, so I can remember and study the feelings and expressions from the different people.

Most of them would turn their heads away when photographed. This young lady was so curious about me as I focused on her, while she was playing with her ring unconsciously. Her traditional clothe was made from a piece of beautiful hand woven textile with many kids both boys and girls embroidered on. I imagined that she might be newlywed, just pregnant. I painted her after returned home.

Just learn about Guatemalan's head decoration called Chapin - for male / Chapina for female.

Please view a better image at:
http://fineartamerica.com/featured/1-guatemala-impression-ii-xueling-zou.html

And more work inspired from Guatemala trip:
http://fineartamerica.com/featured/guatemala-impression-i-xueling-zou.html
http://fineartamerica.com/featured/1-guatemala-impression-iv-xueling-zou.html
http://fineartamerica.com/featured/guatemala-impression-v--left-hand-1-xueling-zou.html
http://fineartamerica.com/featured/guatemala-impression-1-xueling-zou.html
http://fineartamerica.com/featured/1-happy-village-girl-xueling-zou.html

Also you can read more stories about my art work at my new blog: http://originalartstories.blogspot.com/



How can we make better digital copy of our original paintings to improve sales?

October 10th, 2011

What kind of the camera, lens, equipment or environment can help an artist make a perfect copy of an original painting to improve sales, if one does not have a professional studio???

I have taken photos of my paintings for years, but never can find a way to take a perfect copy of it. And I have noticed that I am not the only one here, so please share your knowledge, tricks or tips if you can help us to improve our captures, thank you!!

1) How to avoid the reflection if taking photos for your painting in the sun, especially for the oil painting with glossy vanish retouch? I even tried to used the Anti-reflection lens to help reduce the reflection, but it adding more blue color to each image.

2) How to show texture but avoid shadow overemphasizing the texture. Canvases have textures that look like pixels in the light (because the sunlit can never be 90 degree on the earth). I don't paint oils in a traditional way, some of my canvases are not 100% covered by paint after I finish painting. And the shadows of the paint are showing after taking photos in the light, etc.

3) How to avoid the fish eye shape? Most of the lens has the angle, so, the result can be different than the original painting. I try to avoid to take photos too close to the original paintings.

4) How to avoid the color change? I have tried to take photos for my painting outdoors, indoors, in the shade, etc.. and notices that the colors of photo can never be perfectly match the original paintings. And also, I tried to use different cameras in the same light and the same environment, the color result can be different too.

I am not I.

October 7th, 2011

I am not I.

My painting was inspired by the poem of Juan Ramon Jimenez "I Am Not I", translated by Robert Bly. Welcome to join my new blog at: http://originalartstories.blogspot.com/
Or please view a better image at http://fineartamerica.com/featured/i-am-not-i-xueling-zou.html

I am not I.

I am this one
walking beside me whom I do not see,
whom at times I manage to visit,
and whom at other times I forget;
who remains calm and silent while I talk,
and forgives, gently, when I hate,
who walks where I am not,
who will remain standing when I die.

Oriental Plum Blossom

October 4th, 2011

Oriental Plum Blossom

This piece was created on a recycled cardboard with natural organic materiel. It was a good experience, working with limited colors and not familiar materiel. Just want to share this idea with others:-), thank you!!

Welcome to join my new blog at: http://originalartstories.blogspot.com/
Or please view a better image at http://fineartamerica.com/featured/oriental-plum-blossom-xueling-zou.html

 

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