Friday, August 24, 2018

"Docking Peacefully" --- Sold

This painting was done at Oxford MD during the Plein Air Easton Festival. I felt very peaceful when I painted them. Nowadays, the world is getting more and more chaotic. We really have no peace of mind when we are bombarded with the information of what are happening. Art is my sanctuary, where I can forget the reality temporarily.  Just like those boats, I want to dock peacefully.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Mathematics in Art

Do artists need math? Generally speaking, I don't know. However to myself, the answer is: Absolutely. Mathematics is a powerful tool when I run into ambiguous issues during painting practice. I'd like to run a few analysis mathematically. For instance, I try to investigate the color temperature relationship between light and shadow. I use image processing software (Photoshop) to sample out the colors in light and shadow area. I get their color coordinates so I can compare, and then plot the sampled colors on the color wheel. The result can be shown clearly. I document the analysis result in my note book for future references. My today's post is one of my color analysis. I consider I may teach some useful math to you in my future workshops.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

"Time Impression"

I spent two morning hours painting this old barn at Easton. I love to paint old stuff. This barn I painted last year. I saw it gets run down even more this year. Things fall apart. That is a very profound truth. On one hand we try to improve, wish we get better and better. On the other hand, we fall apart. The world is balanced in a weird way.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

"Time to Say Goodbye"

Got on "Youtube", I searched "Time to Say Goodbye". When the beautiful voices of Sarah Brightman and Andrea Bocelli permeated my studio, I felt tears in my eyes. This month of August is still young, but I have been shocked twice by the sad news that friends pretty close to me passing. Capt. John Atoms, (who was in Richard Schmid's dvd "The Captain's Portrait"), had stroke in July and passed away on August 3. I love him dearly. Another friend Patrick Hugg went to China with me last year and we met again in my Raleigh workshop last month, but he was gone on August 4. Patrick was only 52. The God of Death is so close to us. We all know we can not live indefinitely, but very few accept this truth. I did this small house painting several times. One of them was collected by Capt. John, and this very one was painted in front of Patrick. Farewell, my dear friends.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

"A hot day on the Strand" --- Sold

This is another plein air painting on PAE. It was at Oxford MD. I realized during painting this one that I really do not have enough know-how knowledge about landscape painting. I don't know how to paint trees, I don't know how to paint rocks, I don't know how to paint water, and I don't know how to paint small figures in the scene...  I was wondering why I was there for. When I was trying to put the blue umbrella on the painting panel, a gust of wind came suddenly, and my painting umbrella flue off to the lake, it was dancing and spinning, made a spectacular show, before sunk into the bottom of the water. I was in awe of such beautiful performance, regret I wasn't  quick enough to snap a video clip with my phone. That was a True Art.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

"Country Tranquility" --- Sold

This is 2nd plein air painting at Easton. It is a relatively large painting (12" x 24"). I have used a 3" wide brush for the background. It was so much fun.

Sunday, August 5, 2018

"Red Roof" --- Sold

This is my first painting on the Plein Air Easton Festival. This was done at Tilghman Island MD.

Thanks to all the friends providing suggestions and share ideas after my previous post. I know I am in a slump right now. It is rather difficult to relax and rest.  I meditated quite often recently, and realized how badly I am attached to this world. I am learning in baby steps, both artistically and spiritually.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

"Demo at Landgrove 2018 3"

Nowadays, I feel I am slowing down significantly. This painting was done more than a month ago in Vermont, but I have not posted it in a timely manner. Am I overly too busy? Maybe true, but I feel mainly is my psyche is out of whack again. My mind is keeping on shutting down and refuses to take any information from outside. My brain likes a over mixed color palette. It is full of mud. At this moment, I am in my camp trailer, off the grid, and alone. I hope my chattering mind can get quiet down a little bit. Although I myself may go crazy, This painting looks still OK. I am keeping on push my art forward, even I feel exhausted.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

"Jove Wang's 10-day Big Painting Workshop"

I want to use this opportunity to introduce a very special workshop I will provide in 2019. Master artist Jove Wang will come to Austin again next year and teach a 10-day Big Painting workshop. This workshop is designed for advanced artists who want seriously to bring their art to higher level by creating large scale oil paintings.  During the 10-day workshop period, students will learn how to develop large format art from multiple reference photographs and preliminary drawings and color sketches. In order to bring the utmost benefit to students, Jove Wang needs to evaluate the skill level of all applicants and provide appropriate recommendations. Please visit Jove Wang 10-day workshop webpage to get more detailed information. Jove and I are looking forward to working with you and helping you to develop your art to a higher level.

Monday, July 23, 2018

"Easton Rain" --- Sold

It was an honor to participate the Plein Air Easton competition the 2nd time. This is a painting I did in the rain in down town Easton. I am very happy that this painting has won the 1st place of Quick Draw. I want to thank Plein Air Easton and the Judge Jill Carver for this honor.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

"Demo at Landgrove VT 2018 2" --- Sold

I have spent longer time on this demo painting, so I get additional details on the metal pot. I really like the texture.

Monday, July 9, 2018

"Demo at Landgrove 2018 1"

Texas has been getting too hot. So I went Vermont. This is 1st demo at Landgrove, VT.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

New workshop Announcement: Plein Air in Ausitn

Yes, that red rock is in Sedona AZ, but I like to use it to announce my plein air painting workshop in Austin this fall. Texas summer is brutal. However, November is a good time to go outdoors. I am going to paint the beautiful Texas hill country. I hope you can join me and I will share all I know about plein air landscape painting in this 3-day workshop. Please check: for detailed info and sign up. Thank you.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

"Demo in Austin 2018 4" --- Sold

Nowadays, there are too much going on. We are information overloaded. We are over too busy. I felt I am a machine. Doing one thing after another. I can only react mechanically. In this rat race kind of life, can we still generate good art? I doubt it. I am mindful about it. I know my demos are pretty much the same. It serves its purpose in workshops. My art is still going. I have hope.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

"Demo in Austin 2018 3" --- Sold

When I post my painting, I write spontaneously what is in my mind. However recently my mind is blank. I feel I start to have Alzheimer's. So we just let the painting talk visually. This is the third demo I did on my Austin workshop.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

"Demo in Austin 2018 2" --- Sold

Life keeps  on going. I still have paintings to post. This is my second demo in Austin.

Monday, June 25, 2018

"Demo in Austin 2018 1"

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Back to my usual mode of teaching. This is my first demonstration on my Austin workshop. Low key, and bright center of focus. You have seen too many of my demos like this. Please be patient with me. Life is keep on going.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

"Copper Kettle and Green Apple"

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I am happy to see my color scheme change in paintings. I use to use value dominantly to create the drama for my art. Now I tend to establish dominant color tones for my paintings. I get more chances using higher chroma colors in large areas. I am in the transition from a tonalist to a colorist. Can you believe I did not use ultramarine blue in this painting?

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

"Tuscany in Green"

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The reason I painted this one is that I want to explore the world of color in a sense of design. I deliberately deviated from the color accuracy of realistic landscape. I want to compose the colors of this painting as a piece of music. The painting has a strong dominated color tone, which is green. All the colors are far away from real scene. All the colors on the painting are artificial. But I kept the color relationships. By varying the temperature of all the greens, I presented the depth and local colors of the trees, houses, and hills. We all know green is a difficult color to use. My old trick was to indicate greens without using green. However this time I deliberately using a lot of pure green, but I don't want the greens look garish. I hope to create a strong sense of color harmony.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

"Present Moment" --- Sold

I sent this painting to this year's Oil Painters of America National Exhibition. I am very happy to know that this painting has been sold on the show. Since my nowadays major art activity is teaching workshops, I have not spent enough time and effort in improving my own art. So please be patient with me. I feel this kind of situation will still last for a few more years. I will try my best to bring my best work to the shows, but you may not see much of progress. I can only grow in baby steps.

Monday, June 4, 2018

New workshop announcement: Hsin-Yao Tseng, 3-Day Portrait Painting

I am very happy to announce another invited artist workshop. In early December, Hsin-Yao Tseng will come to Austin and teach a 3-Day portrait painting workshop. Hsin-Yao and I met in the summer of 2012 in San Francisco. At that time, he had just graduated from the Academy of Art University. In these a few years, this young man has been a rising star in the world of representational art. He has shows and in magazines all over the places. I am very happy he will come to Austin to shows his techniques in portrait painting. You may check: Hsin-Yao Tseng's workshop in Austin for more information, and sign up.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

"Demo in Tuscany 2018 1 - 2"

After my workshop in Paris, I did another one in Tuscany Italy. The scenery in Tuscany is absolutely beautiful. These are two demo paintings I did in the first day.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

"Demo in Paris 2018 1 - 3"

I have arrived at Paris a few days. Today is the third day of my Paris workshop. Here are the 3 demo I have done so far. The group of painters I have is very international. We have artists coming from France, Australia, Israel, Swaziland, The Netherlands, and United States. I want to thank Philip Levine for organizing this wonderful workshop. My wife and I have enjoyed Paris very much.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

"Demo at Scottsdale 2018"

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This is my 4th time teaching at Scottsdale Artists' School. I had relative large class of 17 people. This first demo is as usual: simple objects, bright center of focus in contrast with dark background.

Monday, April 16, 2018

"Demo at Ponte Vedra Beach 2018 4" --- Sold

Putting figures into a landscape painting is exciting, but I have not done this much. This demo painting was done with a photo I took a couple of years ago in Xidi China. I thought I might not have enough time to finish, but it turned out all right. I may do more paintings like this in the future.

Monday, April 9, 2018

"Demo at Ponte Vedra Beach 2018 3" --- Sold

The perspective of this canoe is rather challenge, but I have really enjoyed the graceful curves.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

"Demo at Ponte Vedra Beach 2018 2" --- Sold

I love to paint buildings, you know that. This is a black smith's shop in Louisiana. I took a photo, and did this painting reference to the photo. I feel the color scheme for this painting maybe too cool.