Reconnect with Your Faith through Art

lucychenbook2Born and educated in Communist China until I was 16 years of age, I had been raised as an atheist.  You only believe what you see, that’s how you avoid being fooled.  And a “belief” in anything other than the Communist party is a superstition.

It’s only after I started painting, that I started to appreciate creation, and I started to feel a connection with the spiritual.  Depending on our religion or culture background, we may call it God, the Universe, the divine, our higher self or inner self.

Reconnect with Your Faith through Art is the 2nd book in my “Reconnect with Your Inner Self through Art” series.  It tells my personal story of Faith lost and found.  I talked about how I used elements to reflect my values in a painting, and how to embed messages behind the paint layers.  It also has a start-to-finish painting demonstration with many in-progress images.

It comes in both paperback and Kindle, and is a full colored book.  Check it out on Amazon, and I hope you’ll be inspired to create your own painting that is meaningful and healing.

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By the Pool, by Melinda Cootsona

By the Pool, by Melinda Cootsona

Don’t you just love the above painting by my artist mentor and friend Melinda Cootsona? After years of requests from her in-person workshop students, she is finally launching her first online course!

I’ve had the privilege to be mentored by her both via the virtual online space, and […]

How to Paint a Mini Monet in Oil Pastel

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Woman with Parasol, 1875, by Claude Monet

Mini Monet in Oil Pastel, 9.7″x6.5″, by Lucy Chen, SOLD.

This mini Monet of Woman with Parasol was created with oil pastel on paper. I made it just for fun, and I recorded the process for you, too.

In the video, you’ll see that I […]

Painting Ganesha


GANESHA, 12″ x 10″, oil on board. Original available AUD$197. Click image for details.

The Hindu God Ganesha is easily identified by its elephant head. Ganesha represents the power of the Supreme Being that removes obstacles and ensures success in human endeavors.

I’m not a Hindu, but I think all the spiritual representations […]

Abstract Portrait Paintings, the Perfect Gift


The holiday season is approaching. Have you thought about giving your special friend an oil portrait as a gift?

In this post, I’ll tell you about my abstract portrait commission holiday special; AND if you want to paint some yourself, I’ve made a video to show you the exact process, too.

Why is Abstract […]

How to Paint a Selfie in Loose Painterly Style


30 Min Selfie, oil on paper, by Lucy Chen

In today’s video, I’m going to show you how I painted this self portrait in a loose painterly style, and in about 35 minutes.

Two things help me loosen up in my painting:

Set a time limit. It forces to get going and not over-think […]

5 Things to Think about when Composing a Drawing


Life Drawing in soft pastel, by Lucy Chen

Here are some of my latest life drawings. Some of these poses are as short as 5 minutes, and others 20 to 30 minutes. Do you think I’ve improved from the beginning of the year (click here to see my earlier life drawings)?

Though there isn’t […]