the painting had been half-finished for a while next to my table.
During this winter i have been busy with my thesis, drawing sketches for the scenes overand over....
to be able to complete something feels great!!!
the theme of the painting is inspired by the conversation between Confucius and his student YanYuan:
Yan Yuan asked about perfect virtue. The Master said, "To subdue one's self and return to propriety, is perfect virtue. If a man can for one day subdue himself and return to propriety, all under heaven will ascribe perfect virtue to him. Is the practice of perfect virtue from a man himself, or is it from others?" Yan Yuan said, "I beg to ask the steps of that process." The Master replied, "Look not at what is contrary to propriety; listen not to what is contrary to propriety; speak not what is contrary to propriety; make no movement which is contrary to propriety." Yan Yuan then said, "Though I am deficient in intelligence and vigor, I will make it my business to practice this lesson."
(the translation is from http://ctext.org/)