Here we are, my fellow artist Kyla and I at the riverside of Danshui doing some watercolor work. I was not sure what I was going to work for that evening, but looking at this breath-taking beauty of sunset, I just had to move my brush to capture this scene.
While I was doing my best to depict the hundreds and thousands of different colors displayed in the sky, I was thinking what is the point of trying to capture it when my art would never ever do the justice of the real beauty of a sunset? It would be never good enough. Why don’t I just stop painting and watch the sunset?
Then C. S. Lewis’ quote about art came into my mind.
“For they - art and music - are not the thing itself; they are only the scent of a flower we have not found, the echo of a tune we have not heard, news from a country we have never yet visited.”
Somehow this encourages me, because it gave me a sense of freedom and relief, knowing what I paint on the paper does not have to be the thing itself but hopefully it will become the echo of eternal beauty which our heart is longing for.
So here is my humble watercolor piece from that day: "A Study of Sunset."