In this collectionInvisible Figure, there are 60 pieces of gouache works, all selected from more than 100 pieces I have kept for almost 20 years of my teaching. Furthermore, these works have been finished within the period of taking students out for outdoor practice.
Although person image rarely can be seen, during the course of editing the works, the relative persons have always appeared in front of my eyes. The images of the students are still vividly flashed in my mind. The pictures of peasants in the destinations for sketching, interesting episodes about different kinds of people, chores of daily life and even the old stories every one knows, are projected in my mind. Instantly, all sorts of feelings well up in my heart like a over overturned cruet.
Therefore, I am grateful for the life, which endows with me the teach-ing profession which enables me to touch beautiful scenery and magnificent motherland with painting brush and true feeling, from which I have gathered something useful by chance and eventually possessed them for sure. Its common sense to give thanks to my teachers, but here I must formally thank my students, whose names are not all clearly remembered. They are lovely, offence-taking, funny and adorable. They bring cheerfulness to my teaching, my life, and even give me the aspiration and fervor.
This collection without being published has been received affirmation from the friends, who have read the collection. The compliments goes as long time of accumulation is condensed into the elite. As for this, I do give my gratitude for their profound friendship, but I myself cant be so arrogant. To me, although the pieces in this collection can not be counted as being perfect, of course not be put them side by side with masterpiece, I have gathered confidence from them. Because these realistic landscape paintings are truly original, true to art, living and the attitude to life. Transcending the physical paintings, I have more or less generalized that if you plan to make some achievements at the age about 50, the aggressive working attitude and treating people and things about you friendly and calmly are allimportant. Continuously practicing drawing and frequently being together with students to share joys and hardships and to taste the artistic life within and outside the works , then you will generate inspiration, originality and works. By keeping on doing this year by year, it will be likely to publish the continuation of this collection.
The respectable Mr. Liyu enjoyed the manuscript of the collection and agreeably wrote the preface, this is the luck bringing us together and my honour. The editor in chief of the magazine funiture Interior Design, Mr. Wangzhou did me a favor on the subject selection and plan and embellishment. And many friends supported and helped me in all kinds of ways. Hereby, I am grateful to my friends sincerely for their help
June 2006 in Changsha