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article imageViral video: Girl paints basketball star using basketball

By Yukio Strachan     Jan 25, 2012 in Arts
Meet Red. She's not your typical artist. She loves to paint, but not with a brush. See why this video has gone viral as she paints retired NBA superstar Yao Ming, using red paint and a basketball as her brush.
"I guess all those years of basketball training in high school did come in handy!" she says.
Born and raised on an island called Borneo, Hong Yi, nicknamed "Red" moved to Shanghai for work May 2011 she writes on her YouTube page.
"I like to grab whatever I can get hold of - rocks, ketchup, milk, salt, shirts - and turn them into art," she says. "It's more fun that way!"
But getting to the finished product isn't always fun.
According to her website, Hong Yi, attempted her Yao Ming portrait for the first time two weeks ago but ran into problems.
"I had all my tools, everything was laid out on the floor, and the videographer was ready," she says.
But Mother Nature wasn't ready. Ten seconds into the project all 12 sheets of paper blew away.
Frustrated and doubting herself, her gift, her heart, she asked herself, "Was I able to do this?"
That night, she opened her journal and reread her New Year's resolution for 2012.
"... to organize my first personal art exhibition" it read."...to put time and effort into my passion for the arts."
" I thought about what happened that afternoon, and told myself that I should try again." she says. "And trying again may mean trying again and again."
And she did just that. This video is the product
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