I have almost given up of trying to paint this bamboo. The original source painting is by Cai Xiaoli. It is an advance bamboo painting on silk or meticulous paper. I bought the book long before I learnt the Chinese painting. The book was on sale and I had been wanting to learn painting at that time but had no idea what kind of painting lesson I should take. I have to say after reading the book and looking at those pictures, I desperately wanted to find a teacher.
The book has been on my bookshelf for years and I had tried to paint this bamboo many times without success. Two days ago I tried again. The result is quite alright compared to many previous tries.
Source: silk painting by Cai Xiaoli