The Beauty in Simple Things

three bowls 600 300x300 The Beauty in Simple Things

three smaller bowls 600 300x300 The Beauty in Simple Things

Three Bowls and Three Small Bowls Diptych, oil on panel, 12″x24″, by Lucy Chen
purchase info The Beauty in Simple Things

It was my birthday yesterday (28 September), and we drove 3 hours north from Sydney to Port Stephens to watch dolphins and whales, to make sand art with the kids and to collect small rocks from the beach to take home. It was wonderful!

To reflect upon my journey of 32 years, I can see that I’ve always loved the simple things – simple arrangements, simple designs, and a simple way of thinking and living.

This is what I want to say in my Three Bowls and Three Small Bowls Diptychthe beauty in simple things, the bliss in a non-complicated way of living.

What makes you joyful? What makes you light up?

 The Beauty in Simple Things

Still Life with Decanter, Lemons and a Plate


You know I love Vincent van Gogh, don’t you? I love his “Still Life with Decanter and Lemons on a Plate” (c.1887) so much, that I had to paint something with a similar setup – with a decanter, lemons and a plate, setting against a patterned and colorful backgrounds. Here’s Vincent’s painting on the left, [...] [...]

Plein Air Still Life, Rosanna


Have you tried painting a still life “en plein air” (meaning “outdoors”)? I took what I learned from my first plein air still life attempt, and did it again with a small pot of Rosanna. It is a petite that has flowers that look like a hybrid of roses and carnations, and deep green leaves [...] [...]

How a Magical Coincidence Leads to a Floral Painting


My husband bought me a small pot of flowers from the supermarket when he went to get a few office supplies. It was inexpensive, but it was also a priceless gift because I loved it. You didn’t know this about me, but I am now a hobbyist gardener. I’ve dreamed of having big beautiful gardens [...] [...]

What Does Art Do


My grandmother has rubbed shoulders with death many times in her youth – she had several punctures of both of her knee joints, as well three intestinal obstruction repair surgeries in her twenties. That, in the 1950s China, did not come with small risks. She almost died, or had wished she had. It was miracle [...] [...]

Top 7 Places to Practice Sketching


If we only look around, there are plenty of places for us to practice sketching. Let me suggest a few top choices of mine. 1. Cafés This is on top of the list, because there are always plenty of models to choose. You sit in your comfortable chair, sipping your coffee or tea, and get [...] [...]

What is Great Art?


As human beings, especially as artists and creatives, it is part of our duty to document and move forward our history, culture, civilization, as well as connecting the past, present and future in some kind of form or format. Artists do that by creating art, and great art. But what is great art? In this [...] [...]