Canada 98/150: Linglei lu

By Linglei lu

My name is Linglei lu. I used to be a computer engineer in China. After retirement, my wife and I migrated to Toronto to help my daughter to take care of 3 children. Now a pair of twins is 4 years old, a little boy for 5 months. Although the housework is very busy, I still try to squeeze time through the video to learn painting, in order to enrich my life.

Living in Toronto for 5 years, I have a deep feeling that Canada is a great country. Not only is the vast territory and abundant resources, the most important are her values, Justice, Equality, Freedom, Tolerance and form a harmonious society. So when I heard that Canada is prepared to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017 and inviting all Canadians to take part in, I kept thinking, in this moment of great historical significance, what can I do for Canada?

I have read the history of Canada. See around 1867, Canada fathers made a wise decision and outstanding efforts to get Canada from the Pacific to the Atlantic; I was also deeply shocked by the decision to build railway throughout Canada from the east to the west. In the railway of rocky mountain, the most difficult and key section, had tens of thousands of Chinese workers involved in, it estimated that three Chinese workers died for every mile of track they laid.

So I got this idea, use oil painting to express the great historical moment, to cherish the memory of our ancestors.

I was an amateur, first time to draw such as major history painting, its difficulty as can be imagined. But I was determined to try it. From access to information, collection of pictures, composition, modification, after 6 months of hard work, I finally completed the two paintings:

From sea to sea --- great dream canvas oil painting 36x48in (91.4x121.9cm)

From sea to sea --- great iron road canvas oil painting 36x48in, (91.4x121.9cm)

I am very pleased that I participated in the 150th celebration in my own practical action. I enjoy this whole drawing process very much and now I’d like to share my experience and my works with all others.