Thursday, August 6, 2020

"Color Mixing" class is truly online

The "Color Mixing" class has gone through the evaluation successfully. Now it is truly online. You can take this class on the internet without the concern that video takes too much your computer space for downloading. Please visit: for details. Thank you so much for supporting me. During this difficult time, I have seen more the beauty of the human nature. Let's help each other, we will go through the hard time, and the world will be more beautiful.

Friday, July 24, 2020

"Color Mixing" course is ready for download and DVD

The 2nd part of "Rigorous Color System for Artists" online course: "Color Mixing" is ready for download and DVD purchase at: (or go to my website, click "online teaching" tab). The real online version of this class will come soon. This is a relatively long lesson (about 2 hours), but I keep it the same price as that of the first lesson "Color Theory". After you go through this class, you will gain a much better understanding and experience of using concepts like hue, chroma, value, and color space in your painting. The last part of the class is a painting demo for you. You will know how to match colors. If you have used my "color picker" app recently, you will find this class gives you the rational base of the reason I develop the app. Now you can systematically manage your colors during your painting practices. Please take advantage of my teaching about color and be a better painter in no time.

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

"On A Street in San Miguel" 24 x 30

I have just finished this large painting. If you have seen my recent Youtube video on "how to use an app to painting", then you saw this painting on the background. I have not done many large paintings. I really want to my painting to show the "painterly" quality. This goal is not easy to achieve for large paintings. I mainly used knifes to paint this one. I must say the newly developed app is really a big help for me to get my color accuracy quickly. It gives me more confidence of doing more large paintings in the future.

Monday, July 20, 2020

How to use an app to paint

I made a Youtube video showing how to use an app to paint. Please click: to see the video. Let me know what you think.

Saturday, July 18, 2020

"Demo at Plein Air Live"

I did a virtual demo on "Plein Air Live". The purpose of this demo was to show how I use a "Color Picker" app to guide my color mixing accurately and efficiently. This app is free and it available on my website. Please check: Currently, this app runs only on my website. We are working on the downloadable version now, and hope soon you can download it from the App Store, and Android Store. I hope our effort may make your painting progress a little faster.

Monday, July 13, 2020

"Color Theory" DVD is ready

In order to satisfy the request of artist friends who do not actively pursue the development of technology (I think they are smarter), I start to provide my color course in DVD format. Now it is ready for purchasing. Please visit: to order. Thanks.

Saturday, July 11, 2020

"Computer Aided Color Matching Method" Demo

You probably have already known that I will do a demo for "Plein Air Live". The topic of my demo will be "landscape painting from a photo", but I would like to use this opportunity to share with you my newly developed techniques during this pandemic isolation time. I think I have had figured out all the color issues. I have published my online color course and generate apps for you to use. In this demo, I will specifically share one app, which will guide you to mix color accurately. If you are interested in my demo and demos from many other superb artists, please sign up by clicking the link:

Thursday, July 9, 2020

My class in truly on-line now

Finally, my online color course, Part 1, "Color Theory" is truly online now. I am using the online teaching platform "Udemy" to carry this course. If you concern your computer may not have enough storage to actually download my class, or you don't have a computer (you have only an iPad, or a smart phone), this is your option of accessing to my teaching. I am glad I have passed the learning curve, and want to thank my son Jonathan Huang for making this approach viable. If you are interested in taking this class online, please visit: This is my new endeavor on the journey of art and art education. If you see any issues, I appreciate you letting me know. I will try my best to help you. Thanks.

Monday, July 6, 2020

"APPs for Painters"

I have been collaborating with two software engineers, and we have started to make APPs for artists. Please visit: to see what I have. At this moment, all the apps are related to the information I go through in my recent "Color Theory" class. If you have downloaded this class, you receive a zip file. There are 4 files in it. To attend my class, you only need 2 files: the video file, and the pdf. The other 2 files are the "color conversion" table and "color map" app. They run on Mac only. So that is problem for PC users. Now the problem has been solved. these 2 files can be replaced by the apps on the webpage now. So both PC and Mac user can access them.

I am working continuously to make the DVD and online version of the "Color Theory" class available as soon as possible. I am sorry for the delay, They will come soon. Well, at least you have the downloadable version now. If you want to download, go to:

Thursday, July 2, 2020

"Plein Air Live"

I am happy for being invited to demo for the "Plein Air Live" A Global Virtual Experience on July 15 - 18, 2020.  If you are interested in participating this virtual event, please check: I was planning to attend the Plein Air Convention in Santa Fe. Unfortunately that event has been canceled. "Plein Air Live" is a good alternative. I hope see you via a computer screen.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

“Rigorous Color System for Artists, Part 1: Color Theory"

I am very happy to announce that my color course "Rigorous Color System for Artists" begins to get its fruition. The first class of the course is "Color Theory". It is available now. If you are interested in this class, please visit: Now you can download the video and my presentation notes. and study on your computer at your convenient time. The true online version is currently under evaluation by the online teaching platform "Udemy". It will be available very soon. I am also working on the DVD version of this class. it will be ready soon as well.

For a long time, I feel art education is lack of formality. Art has been taught casually. I want to use this course to resume art teaching in an academic manner. I hope all of you can benefit from my teaching and heal this wounded world.

Friday, June 26, 2020

"Tomato DIY"

These a couple of days, I was painting plein air in my backyard. Since the pandemic, it has become inconvenient to grocery shop, we decided to grow our own vegetables and raise chicken for eggs. Now the summer is here, and we have got a plenty of fresh organic vegetables and eggs. The yard work keeps us busy and physical. Now these tomatoes have become my plein air subjects. The pandemic has taught us how to live. I really feel grateful to the Mother Earth.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

"Sargent's Color"

I did a short demo painting yesterday. My son Jonathan has taped the process, and the demo will be used as a part of my online color course. We will finish the recording the course today, then Jonathan will edit the video and select a online platform we will put the course on. We plan to publish the course at the end of June, or the first week of July. Please be patient with me. I am trying my best to make this course informative and practical.

Friday, June 19, 2020

"On a street in San Miguel"

Five years ago I visited San Miguel in Mexico. I took many photos and thought someday I will paint from some of them. Five years have passed. Now I got a chance. I want to do a large painting, but I did this small one to testing my colors first. I think it looks all right.

Saturday, June 6, 2020

"Vicki's Laundry"

I did this painting as a commissioned piece. It has quite amount of colors in it. I have practiced my computer aid color matching technique to mix all the color needed. As a matter of fact, if you know how to match color accurately, you don't have to know color temperature and harmony that kind of junk. The painting will automatically look good. I will introduce the color mixing methods soon in my online course about color. So far my preparation of my online teaching goes well. I have just finished the video taping the first part of the course -"Color Theory". I will soon start taping the second part - "Color Mixing". I plan the get the course ready for upload before the end of June. Please encourage me to cross all the learning curves. We all are adapting the new norm of living with the Covid-19. We will survive.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

"Monet's Garden in Spring"

Today, I came out of my color research and temporarily to the real world. I did this painting from a ref photo from the Monet's garden. I did not do any color tweaking. So the painting is rather representational.

I know the country is open for business, but I still follow the common sense and stay at home as much as I can. It is so sad that today the death of Covid-19 has reached 100,000. I hope all of you are safe.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

"Water Lilies in Blue 2"

This is my 2nd try of the same painting. From the previous one, I have learned that I might have shift the reference photo too far to the blue, so the scene has deviated too far from the reality. With the 2nd attempt, I toned the ref photo a little less to maintain most of green colors, but the painting still has a dominant color tone to unify the color scheme. The trial and error approach gradually trains my sensitivity in establishing my color sense. It is tedious, but necessary.

Sunday, May 17, 2020

"Water Lilies in Blue"

I manipulated the color of a photo I took in Monet's Garden in France a couple of years ago. I want the scene has a dominant color tone. Might be I over did the color shifting, and the image starts to look like a nocturne. I did a small painting to see the effect. This is a preparation for a future large painting

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

"Red and Green"

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This is dangerous. Red and green are almost complimentary. It is rather difficult to harmonize these two colors together, but I did it anyway. Do I like this color scheme? I don't know. It is kind of interesting.

Friday, May 8, 2020

"Green Yellow Scheme 050820"

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Continuing on my color scheme research. Yellow and green can be analogous, but we need to be careful. When I paint this one, I significantly tone down the chroma of the green to almost gray. If both yellow and green have high chroma, the scheme may not work. If the green is darker, it will be even worse. On the color wheel, yellow sits between orange and green, and we all know yellow and orange get along well. They can form a very harmonious analogous scheme, by why green and yellow can not getting along?

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

"Complementary color scheme test 050620"

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This is another test of my color research. Today's scheme is complementary colors: red and turquoise. As a matter of fact, "color scheme design" is a big topic. It does not have to have any realistic base. How should we group a set of colors together and make a good presentation? I don't have adequate amount of information to answer this question. That is one of my purposes of doing this research. The colors of my paintings (this one and previous one) are NOT from my still life setup. I got on the internet and searched for "color palettes for website designs", and decide which online palette I want to use. Then I choose objects and background drapery to match as much as possible to computer color palette. I also plot the colors on the color wheel so I know which category of schemes the set of palette belong to. So I had a complementary one today and an analogous one last time.

Monday, May 4, 2020

"Harmony with warm colors"

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This simple painting has shown the fruition of my color research. After getting deeply into color theory and measurement using math, and strategies of color mixing, now I move onto aesthetics, color psycologry and color scheme design. This one uses an analogous color scheme centered at warm yellow. It has developed from my earlier monochromatic scheme with yellow. The palette I used for this painting was burnt umber, yellow ochre, cad yellow lemon, cad yellow deep, cad orange, cad red light, quinacridone magenta, radiant red, and white. I did tested this color scheme on the computer first. Science does work.

Saturday, May 2, 2020

"Still life under cool light"

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This is another daily painting exercise. I used all cool colors to obtain an analogous color scheme to maintain harmony. The paintwork is rather rough to give a painterly look. I will tweak this color scheme more to make it work even better. If you have any suggestions, Please let me know. I appreciate it.

Friday, May 1, 2020

Red and Green are NOT Complementary, Neither Purple and Yellow

If you have painted for a while, you probably have known that red and green are not true complementary colors, either from your color mixing experiences or from your study. If you just started painting, I hope you are learning the correctly way. I did this color mixing demonstration to show that red and green mix together will make a brown or dark yellow, and purple and yellow will make similar brownish color, but they are not neutral grey. The true complementary color for red is turquoise (or cyan). Not a long ago, I have shown you the limitation of the red, yellow, blue color mixing. We have seen so many problems of this system. I don't know why so many color teachings are still following the wrong path.

Thursday, April 30, 2020

"Still life in green study 043020"

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I did another monochromatic still life study. Today's color is green. The colors I have used for this one is sap green, cadmium green pale and white. Green is relatively easy color for tinting and shading. It was fun doing this kind of studies, and it is very helpful to know the colors. I wish I did this kind of work a long time before.

Monday, April 27, 2020

"Report on Primary Color Mixing"

Does an artist need math and science to develop techniques in art? Well, it depends. If you are gifted, you probably do not. You just follow your intuition and create the visual impact from your heart. However, for an average human like me, I have to rely on all the resources I can access to improve my art. You know I am recently doing research on color. The images above are from a short report I wrote on primary color mixing. I have concluded that red, yellow, and blue are NOT good primary colors to use. If you are interested what I found, you may download the report from my website: If you are bored at home, you may find my scientific report entertaining.

Sunday, April 26, 2020

"Brocken Crayons still Color"

During my morning jog, I have noticed many painted pebbles lying under the trees in the neighborhood. These must be the art pieces done by the children in our subdivision. The information on the stones touch me. The Coved-19 turns the world up side down, but the courage and kindness of the mankind shines like jewels. Yes, the crayons may be broken, but they still color. My artists friends, please use this time to create. It will be the time well spent.

Friday, April 24, 2020

"Still life in Yellow study 042420"

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My today's post is a monochromatic painting using my yellow scale. The colors I used were black, burnt umber, yellow ochre, cadmium yellow lemon, and white. This kind of painting probably has no market value. I did this purely for my academic curiosity. Maybe I should pay more attention to the action items on how survive in this difficult time, but some how my mind has been trapped deeply into this research. I am following my heart, and let the future manages its course.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

"Still life in turquoise study 042120

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This is a painting I did for my color research. During my color scales exercise, I have figured out what colors to use to produce a value scales for any tube color I use on my palette. For this painting, I used my turquoise scale, which has black, phthalo blue, cobalt teal, radiant turquoise, and white. I can get any value for the turquoise family with relative high chroma, so I decided to do a monochromatic painting. It is exciting to see the result. The color is so intense that is hurting my eyes. I can use this kind of painting to study the psychologic impact of a color.

I also want to test the market effect of this kind of painting. I am going to post this painting on Daily Paint Works ( as an auction to see the reaction.

Friday, April 17, 2020

"Red Rose 041220" --- Sold

I did this small painting a few days ago as a small commission. A friend sent an image of one of my small paintings I did a few years ago and asked if he could buy the painting. The painting was sold long ago. So I said I can do a similar painting. So I did this one. When I was painting this one, I felt I have gone back to my old "Daily Painting" days. It was so nostalgic. It was the good old days. Well, if you have similar request, please let me know. I will work with you.