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Translated and edited by Zhang Boning, 14 December, 2014
Famous Chinese artists draw prawns and goldfish on Chinese art papers. Oil painters paint sunrises and sunsets on canvases. Street artists spray paint men and women on the walls.
A 78-year-old lady in Beijing, however, paints odds and ends about her daily life on the reverse sides of pillboxes.
“I painted a picture every day on my hospital bed. The reverse sides of those pill boxes were my painting papers,” said Wang Yuezhen with a warm smile on her face.
She has finished over 200 masterpieces on her bed in the Guangwai Hospital in Beijing’s Xicheng district. She uses the activity to express her strong wish to live longer and paint more.
Wang sketches first with pencils and then colors the paintings with colored pencils. She paints about different things every day.
“I painted a picture every day on my hospital bed. The reverse sides of those pill boxes were my painting papers.”
Her bed is strewn with hundreds of pictures of persons around her, butterflies, fruits, flowers, birds and lovely hats, etc.
Wang has been living in the hospital since February 2013 to receive treatment for rheumatoid disease which makes walking impossible for her.
Being tired of hospital life, the 78 year-old who also doesn’t know any Chinese characters, finally figured out a way to entertain and encourage herself.
She asked Gao, who takes care of her, to collect pill boxes for her. Wang cuts the boxes into square pieces and paints on the reverse sides of them.
Wang’s daughter-in-law has once bought drawing papers and new pencils for her but she refused to use them. “Do not waste money. I’m fine with these tools,” said Wang.
Wang has also painted a picture of a couple in their Chinese traditional wedding dresses which represents the love story of her and her departed husband Peng. They met during the Korean War when Wang washed clothes for soldiers and were married in 1957.
“He was a kind, honest boy. He gave me his quilt after he heard that there was only one quilt for me and my three sisters.” Wang had attended to her late husband, Peng, until he passed away in July 2013.
He was a kind, honest boy. He gave me his quilt after he heard that there was only one quilt for me and my three sisters.
Wang’s daughter-in-law says they are happy she is enjoying painting, but that the family is concerned about her physical health because painting may make Wang fatigue.