Paintings by Falun Gong Practitioners: "The Fa Rectifies the Cosmos"

Chen Zhengping

PureInsight | January 24, 2005

Pastel: "The Fa Rectifies the Cosmos" by Chen Zhenping (122in X 52 in), 2004

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[] A fellow Falun Gong practitioner with an open Celestial Eye once told me a story. He saw with his Celestial Eye that five golden dragons accompanied Teacher as Teacher descended to the human realm to offer his salvation. This story gave me an inspiration to create this painting. I decided to use this story to express the moment when the Fa rectifies the cosmos.

I painted three golden dragons pulling the golden chariot that carries Teacher because there is not enough room to paint five dragons pulling the chariot. I painted two other golden dragons as part of the ornaments of the golden chariot. This way there are still five golden dragons in the painting. I had Teacher look up in the painting so to project the sense of being in total command. Standing below Teacher's golden chariot are different kinds of gods, such as Buddhas, Taos and gods. There are gods in the images of Asians, Caucasians and Africans. Some of them are playing music instruments of different kinds. A goddess is writing things on a scroll using a Chinese brush pen. I am trying to express that Falun Gong practitioners use different kinds of art, such as music and writing, to assist Teacher with Teacher's Fa-rectification. Other gods are holding their right hand erect in front of their chests or showing the Lotus Flower hand sign. In the top left corner of the painting, there are many rows of Buddhas, Taos and gods from different layers of the cosmos, descending to the human realm with Teacher. I am portraying the Fa-rectification in a different dimension, which corresponds to the human dimension.

"The Fa Rectifies the Cosmos"

This painting is actually the middle section of a giant painting that is still a work in progress. I would like to depict the battles between the righteous and the evil in heaven in the first section and all beings in all dimensions celebrate the advent of the Fa-rectification in the last section. I have only completed the middle section of the painting, "The Fa rectifies the Cosmos."

I used both Chinese and western painting techniques in this painting. I feel Chinese watercolor and western pastel are very much like cousins because they both use water-solvent colors and they both use brush pens. The difference between the two is that the western pastel emphasizes the contrast of light, color and dimension. Western pastel paintings also express things in western ways. Western pastel paintings "say" and Chinese watercolor paintings "imply." I took advantage of the merits of both Chinese and western painting techniques since I have had basic training in both schools. I used a lot of lines, which are prevalent in Chinese watercolor paintings. The composition of this painting is also in the Chinese style. But I applied a lot of techniques of western pastel paintings to create contrasts of light and darkness and the contrast between cold and warm colors. By applying the lines prevalent in Chinese traditional paintings and the techniques of western pastel paintings, I think I have made the painting more vivid and richer in color.

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