A collection of paintings by a 100-year-old granny from Shaanxi province, who has been teaching herself to paint for the past 20 years, has left Chinese netizens with a new appreciation of art and determination.
Born in 1915 in Xi’an, Shen Yunying never had the chance to go to school. However, at the age 80, she began teaching herself how to paint. Since then, it has become her hobby for these last 20 years, Sohu News reports.
Granny Shen says that when she was 80, she often felt sleepy during the day time, but if she took a nap, she would have a hard time falling asleep at night. So she decided to start up something to keep her mind occupied.
Since she started painting, she has received no professional training, choosing instead to teach herself through trial and error with magnifying glass in hand. Check out how she’s coming along:
We are just lucky that Granny Shen has not yet turned her skills to crime, like one elderly Guangdong painter who was responsible for 97% of the fake banknotes in circulation.
By Lucy Liu
[Images via hsw.cn]