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Sister Wendy

Xueling Zou

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Kamloops, BC - Canada

Oh Xueling...your description is so heartwarming and beautiful...what a lovely, intelligent, sweet soul Sister Wendy is, and how open and receptive you must be to have seen her for what she is and make such a connection with are both beautiful souls, I would say! And your painting of her just makes me smile...! Wonderful piece of art! L/F

Peñaflor - Chile

CONGRATULATIONS!! Featured on Women Painters. Great artwork. Love the colours, textures and composition!!!!

San Lorenzo, CA - United States

This is really amazing work, Xueling!!! :))))fv

Washington,, DC - United States

Xeuling, all of your portraits are so good, and each one seems to capture the entity of the person portrayed. You feel as you look at them that you know them somehow. This is your talent in portraits. Rod

Bangalore, Ka - India

A masterpiece. So expressive, and come from the heart. fav/voted.

Maple Ridge, BC - Canada

A very beautiful portrait Xueling, congratulations...well deserved!! V/F

Rome, La - Italy

1st place and features deserved! F/V

Chicopee, Ma - United States

I don't remember this one Xueling , Beautiful piece you do very nicely with all your works but the Nuns are Tops in my eyes I love the Expressions you give them says it all this one looks as though she is telling some one about a painting on the wall, with a chuckle

Coventry, RI - United States

Dear Xueling Zou, I remember watching Sister Wendy on television many years ago critiquing art with my mother. My mother was a nun before she married. There is one thing I remember Sister Wendy saying from all those years ago. "Don't believe an artist when they tell you what there art means." V/F

Columbus, OH - United States

Gorgeous portrait, Xueling! It really seems that you have captured the personality of this sweet Sister! I so agree with Lil that her eyes show such a spark of kindness and humor! incredible work, I think you were truly inspired with this one! . . . . fav/v69

Lithia, FL - United States

Xueling, Sister Wendy pulls me into this world from the colors, to her kind, imperfect face, gentle hands trying to teach the way, the beautiful painting behind her but the best, very best part of this magnificently unique painting is her eyes which sparkle with a certain mischievousness and radiate love and passion about which she speaks. v/f

Bay Area, CA - United States

Thank you buyer from Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, UK for purchasing this print. My sincerely thanks to you for contributing to my fine art!

Padua, PD - Italy

Gorgeous tribute, a masterpiece! v,f

SIBIU, Ro - Romania

Ha! Nice and funny! (I could pose you for sister Wendy in disquise, I have the same front teeth...) I wish I could hear her explanation to Van Gogh! congratulations, Xueling ! fav

La Plata, Bu - Argentina


Medellín & Cartagena - Colombia

Great artwork! Congrats!

Conyers, GA - United States

Congrats Xueling!

Clarence, NY - United States

Congrats on y our sale Xueling.f/v

WESTMINSTER, CA - United States

Congrats on your sale, Xueling!

Lithia, FL - United States

Congrats on your sale, Xueling! :)

Port Orchard, WA - United States

I love Sister Wendy! I love her enthusiasm about her subject and your beautiful painting pays a lovely tribute to her.

Niagara Falls, NY - United States

Beautiful portrait! Congrats on your sale Xueling!

Santa Maria, CA - United States


Melbourne - Australia

Sheer delight Xueling. I've watched in the long distant past and she so loves all art. I'm sure she would be thrilled with your portrait. VF

Cedar Rapids, Ia - United States

Xueling,I really like this one so much. Wonderful write up and the Nun looks real from your great painting.Wonderful! Thanks so for comment on Still Life Roses,happy you liked it. Hugs,Marsha FV congrats on features!

Reno, NV - United States

Such a wonderful portrait of Sister Wendy, and great information! Fantastic work Xueling :) v/f

London, mi - United Kingdom

love so much this piece you captured her real character and smile so expressive

Burnaby, BC - Canada

What a wonderful story you shared! This is such a strong composition and you really captured the humanity of your subject. Well done! v

Tucson, AZ - United States

What a wonderful sure know how to pay homage, Xueling and congrats on your win!

Pueblo, CO - United States

This person, as expressed in this portrait, has so much good will and character. Love it. v/f

London, mi - United Kingdom

stunning work Xueling love her animated and vibrant personality such a beautiful and meaningful work

Phoenix, AZ - United States

This work is spectacular!!! I love it. Sister Wendy and Van Gogh in the back. great color and van gogh like painting.

Hecla, SD - United States

Such a beautiful portrait painting...I love how you captured her personality! So lovely!!!

Sunrise, FL - United States

Xueling, you really captured the essence of Sister Wendy. Well done. Lisa

Sydney, Ne - Australia

Fantastic work, Xueling, Great portrait.... and love the boats in the background!

Short Hills, NJ - United States

Wonderful work, Xueling. vote

Faulconbridge, Ne - Australia

Excellent portrait! The whole image emits a gentle, kind and spiritual energy! Love it, Fav it, Vote and promoted in Female Artists Fine Art America! MN -:)

Longmont, CO - United States

I think I had her in School! Great piece of art! V/F

Toowoomba, Qu - Australia

This wonderful piece of art caught my straight off. A lovely story indeed.

Brookeville, MD - United States

Sweet, sweet image, Xueling ... you've captured so much personality here ... she seems to have a lively wit and sense of humor!!!!! I adore this one!!!! ... I've just read your description ... and I have to tell you, Xueling, that you've captured every nuance of Sister Wendy's wonderful self in your image!!! Congratulations ... and I, too, hope that somehow your lovely tribute reaches her!!!!!! f/v

Boulder, CO - United States

Your portrait immediately caught my eye, and then to read the tribute you wrote just made it all the better! This is a wonderful painting, Xueling!

Turda, Cl - Romania

Very good portrait,Xueling!

New York, Ne - United States

Excellent portrait!! :)

Vilnius, LT - Lithuania

wonderful portrait of a colorful character! =Tautvydas :)

Mequon, WI - United States

Your description of Sister Wendy and her impact on you was as wonderful as the painting. Wonderful. vf

Peñaflor - Chile

CONGRATULATIONS!! Featured on Female Artists!! Love how you have done this!!!Excellent work, really very well done!!

Springfield, MA - United States

Wonderful tribute! I have seen her on TV and everything you say is true - she is so charming!!!

Springfield, MA - United States

Wonderful tribute! I have seen her on TV and everything you say is tre - she is so charming!!!

Dubai, DE - United Arab Emirates

Very good painting. The details and colors are very nice.

Orlando, FL - United States

Such a touching painting Xueling!

Rishon Lezion - Israel

Excellent work Xueling. You have an endless energy for painting.. and yu bring so much life into it. Beautiful work.. Hope that that lady did see it ..i am sure that she liked it!!

Belgrade, Se - Yugoslavia

wow, excellent!

London, mi - United Kingdom

wonderful portrait my friend love her expression so much love so much this painting of yours

Cedar Rapids, Ia - United States

Awesome Art,Xueling.Love the details of her face,a strong suit for you. Wonderful oil painting. Thanks so much for the comment on my Bird. Hope to be on line as much as possible. Hugs ,Marsha Vote congrats on features!

Palm Bay, FL - United States

Wonderful portrait Xueling! v/f

New Orleans, LA - United States

Xueling, I enjoyed your lively portrait of Sister Wendy, and your story. Art is such a wonderful sharing across the world. No language is necessary. Beautiful! voted

Viborg - Denmark

Wonderful your sister Wendy Xueling ,Huge Fav/vote

Gary, IN - United States

Lovely painting...! f/v

Manigotagan, MB - Canada

WOW! Just by your description I have fallen in love with this lady two! How wonderful of you to capture this splendid lady on canvas! Bravo! f v mm

London, mi - United Kingdom

a great piece Xueling you are so talented love Sister Wendy you captured her personality so beautifully fabulous job

Uptacamp, Ma - United States

She is awesome isn't she - I love Sister Wendy - Awesome painting Xueling! V/F

Palmdale, CA - United States

Very nice painting and description, Xueling! V/F

Razgrad, Ra - Bulgaria

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Razgrad, Ra - Bulgaria

I like!

Lyon - France

What a splendid painting you've done Xueling! All in this work is so skilfully depicted and harmonized - from chromatic till composition and the fine details in the painting on the wall.... love it very much!! f,v&SU

Neshkoro, WI - United States

Very expressive portrait, Xueling! I can almost hear her speaking....voted

Castrop-Rauxel, NR - Germany

A very nice painting and description Xueling.........great painting - Chris :-))

Randolph, NJ - United States

Lovely painting with the Sister's character brought out well.

Cape Coral, FL - United States

Beautiful work, wonderful painting, it looks like you brought out her true character. voted.

Austin, TX - United States

what a wonderful work of art,! I really enjoyed the description as well...your talent continues to shine! Congrats on the features! f/v

Grand Forks, BC - Canada

Love Sister Wendy, we didn't here about her until in the 90's but we had the flying nun on TV when kids... Love your depiction!! F/V

Culleoka, TN - United States

Sister Wendy looks like a lively nun, Xueling. Wonderful portrait work. Vote.

Smithfield, VA - United States

Xueling, This is such an outstanding and wonderfully painted portrait. You have so many wonderful paintings that they could all be favorites. Thanks for kind and gracious comments about "Splashy Floral". F/V

Bay Area, CA - United States

Thank you for all your nice comments, I really appreciate each of them :)!!

SHINGLE SPRINGS & Hawaii Kai, Ca - United States

Awesome image!~V

Presque Isle, ME - United States

Amazing Artwork Xueling and the story line is wonderful! f/v

Cypress, TX - United States

A lovely story & painting. She obviously inspired you & I can see why! F/V

Gualala, CA - United States

A really great portrait, Xueling! Love how you caught her gesture. I feel she's about to say something profound. You have a wonderful way with portraits! -- Asha

Best, Be - International

Gorgeous! As always!

New York, NY - United States

Wonderful, Xueling!

Bollebygd - Sweden

Beautiful painting and engaging words! Love the background too! fv

Sparta - Greece

Fantastic work Xueling!

Rome, PA - United States

Excellent painting! v/f

Fairfax, VA - United States

Great painting! love the backgraound painting, Van Gogh I believe.?!

Archer, Fl - United States

I love your description of Sister Wendy. Xueling, your talent for the written word is compelling and your talent as an artist is masterful. Your art always amazes me! V/F

Bendigo, Vi - Australia

lovely portrait, showing my age I remember the TV program and how well she expressed herself. Interesting your description details of her as I didn't know much about her life. v

Port Huron, MI - United States

magnificant portrait and story!!

Old Bridge, NJ - United States

Great Work Xueling!

Rochester, NY - United States

Incredible story and tribute this Sister! I wish I could see the DVD myself, your story is so interesting. The painting is jsut wonderful and you have captured her spirit i'm certain, the colors are wonderful tool. I also know some sisters and they are so filled with light and love, perhaps cloistered but more free than most of us...Beautiful work my friend! fv voted!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Victoria, BC - Canada

Beautifully rendered!!

Wasilla, AK - United States

This is n amazing work of art!! What a tribute! The expression and textures, and lighting. Im ready to pull up a chair and listen!! just beautifully done!!

Montpellier, La - France

V / F

Montpellier, La - France

Love your painting brings back good memories of Sister Wendy on TV !

Bucharest, Ro - Romania

Amazing piece you created, Xueling !!!!! And what a story it tells... You put all your excitement you felt when you saw Siser Wendy on that DVD, in this painting. She must be a remarkable person from what you wrote in description and I love that you painted her in the front of Van Gogh's painting. Excellent work !!!!! f,v

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Sister Wendy


Xueling Zou


Painting - Oil On Canvas - Original Art By Xueling Zou


Thank you for viewing my original art. © Xueling Zou -

This piece won the 1st Place of the Contest - Portraits with oil paint on May 11, 2013.

Sister Wendy, Happy 83rd Birthday!

Sister Wendy Beckett (born 25 February 1930) is a Catholic nun, who was born in South Africa and educated in Oxford where she was awarded a first class degree in English literature. She has lived a life of solitude for almost thirty years on the grounds of a monastery in England.

I never knew about Sister Wendy until I started painting in 2001. Our local library carries a very decent amount of books and DVDs. So, I go there and check them out often, I have found many art resources.

I did not pay too much attention to the stories behind each masterpiece before. I was more interested in learning the composition or techniques, etc. One day, I saw Sister Wendy on a cover of a DVD in the art section and just out of curiosity I brought it back home to watch.

That was the most remarkable experience I had ever had. I was totally moved by her eloquence and charm, her profound spirit, her passion in art, her rich knowledge and outstanding description of sharing her views on each masterpiece and history of art. I never thought that I would enjoy it so much... forgot about everything else, watched it again and again... It really inspires me to creating my painting that each work of mine has a story to tell. Thanks goes to the BBC for discovering her talent and bringing old masterpieces into our life!

And even more, she never watches TV, she didn't have a script when she was telling all these incredible stories in front of the camera. Her simple manner and clear communication conveys her ideas directly to audiences. Otherwise, I wouldn't think that I could be able to enjoy it so much since English is my second language.

After many years studying facial expressions, and after many hours of study on her (the movie was made when she was eighty-two last year), I am able to paint a portrait of Sister Wendy's expression as she is telling a story. I share it my way of expressing my thanks to her from the bottom of my heart with my greatest respect for helping me learn about history of art. Hope my sincere message could reach her and brighten her day in some way.

(from my research, the sources from:


February 25th, 2013


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