Can You Achieve Enlightenment through Drawing?

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Life drawing, charcoal on paper, by Lucy Chen

I’ve been going to a life drawing class every Friday since February, and I’m loving it!

My teacher is Paul Miller, an Archibald finalist.  He is a very passionate artist and he has a beautiful glowing soul!

He also talks about drawing, painting and art in a way that a kung fu master would about martial arts, or an enlightened monk would about the thousands of miles he’s walked.  But isn’t art like that anyway?

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Life Drawing, ink on paper, by Lucy Chen

I strongly encourage everyone to do life drawing regularly.  It’s so good for working that observation muscle, and eye-hand coordination muscle.  It feels almost magical as you see how you can establish and develop a connection with the model, a total stranger, from the mere action of drawing him or her.

But I’m not going to sugar coat it.  Not all art classes are wonderful.  I had been to another life drawing class for several weeks last year, and it was boring and I learned nothing.  On top of that, the teacher was a jerk – I say it openly, and I can tell that to his face.

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Life Drawing, soft pastel on paper, by Lucy Chen

If you had been to some life drawing classes that you didn’t enjoy, please try another one.  When you find the right one, the teacher would be “right”, and the fellow students would be “right”, too.

Have you been to life drawing?  If so, what’s your experience?  Do you enjoy it?  If not, have I convinced you to try it?

Why Aren't You More Passionate about What You Do, and How to Change That

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WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON 12″x12″, oil on linen board, by Lucy Chen Original available $185. Click Image for Purchase Info.

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Oh, the feeling of fulfilment! Even when you were frustrated and the result was […]

What does Eternity Mean to You?


THE PROMISED ETERNITY 14″x18″, oil on linen board, by Lucy Chen Original available $325 Click Painting for Purchase Info

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But the […]

How to Paint a Plein Air Still Life

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After a “serious” study of Vermeer’s painting, I wanted to get loose and simply have fun painting the brilliant colors from life.

FRIENDS WELCOME (plein air) 18″x14″, oil on linen panel, by Lucy Chen

So I set up my easel on the patio just outside my front door and painted the scene right […]

A Personal Story That Will Inspire You


Here is me telling you a personal story, one that will inspire you to answer your life’s calling and dare to dream BIG!

I hope you’ll set away some time to watch it and don’t forget to leave me a comment on the video page.

Click here to watch the video.


The Difference Three Years Has Made to My Art

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The Difference of Three Years

Let me ask you some questions.

Have you ever wanted to express yourself creatively and authentically on canvas, but don’t know how or where to begin?

Is there an artist in you that wants to come out but lack the skills to speak up or the confidence to ask […]

Your Two Top Questions about How to Paint Girl with a Pearl Earring


Hey, I’m very close to finishing my long-awaited Oil Painting E-course!

I have been working on this for months (or years if we count the time that get me to where I am now, ready to release my first e-course), but I am finally going to wrap it up. I will be releasing it […]