What Does Rabbit Animal Totem Mean?


GIRL WITH BLACK RABBIT 30″x20″, oil on gallery wrap canvas Original AUD$950 Click painting for detail and in situ images

Do you believe in animal totem?

Raised as an atheist, I didn’t believe in anything I couldn’t see and touch, and even then, you were encouraged and praised for being skeptical and doubtful.

But […]

How to Paint a Mini Monet in Oil Pastel

mini monet

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 […]

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 […]

Want to Draw a Selfie in Oil Pastel?

june selfie oil pastel

I wish I can oil paint all the time.

But being a single mother with two little toddlers, there are days I’m a bit too pressed for time.

I still need to practice on a daily basis. I’ve used soft pastel in my life drawing classes, it’s great for both drawing and using color. But […]

Why is this Painting Scaring Me (with a Video)


THE MEETING ©2013 16″x16″, oil on linen, by Lucy Chen Original SOLD

Have you ever felt scared by a painting?

At various stages of painting “The Meeting”, I felt a little terrified by what was emerging from the canvas.

Perhaps it was the blue phantom in the distance?

Perhaps it was the ruinous wall […]

How to Paint an Impressionist Style Still Life in 60 Minutes


Simple Still Life, Close-up12″x12″, oil on linen, ©2013 Lucy Chen

Do you want to have some fun painting a simple still life?

The one shown here is my first still life painting and it was completed in 60 minutes.

It was not perfect. There was a lot I could improve on.

But it was […]