Heartwarming paintings win the favor of netizens

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Chien Meishuang is creating a visual diary of the pandemic, hoping to send a message of love and positivity with her images. [Photo provided to China Daily]

While many people have been making videos to cheer on those working on the frontlines of the fight against the recent COVID-19 outbreak in Shanghai, Chien Meishuang has been spending her time in lockdown at home in front of her easel, drawing simple heartwarming pictures and writing messages to their works.

The images she posted to her social media accounts are part of her Journal of the Pandemic Lockdown, a project she started two years ago. Her work has since received recognition and has even been featured by news outlets such as Xinmin Evening News, Youth Daily and China News Service.

“We are all facing a difficult time when everyone is desperate to be confined in their homes,” Chien told China Daily. “I just wanted to spread some positivity and let others know that there is a silver lining amidst the dark clouds.”

The native Taiwanese living in Shanghai gets to know her neighbors better and feels their friendliness.

“In the beginning (of lockdown) I just asked them for some oil so I could cook the beef provided by the city government. But they were very worried about my well-being and started to provide me with all kinds of oil food,” says Chien, founder of LusiArt Cultural and Creative, a fine arts studio in Tianzifang District.

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