Thursday, January 17, 2019

"Notre-Dame de Paris"

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I was at Paris last May, and tried of painting the Notre-Dame plein air. I failed badly. The structure is so intricate. It is so difficult to simply and still make sense on canvas. I was pondering this problem since then. Yesterday I was reviewing my photos shot in Paris. This question came to mind again. So I give it try again. I think it works this time.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

"Gate to Wisdom"

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This painting is from a photo I took at the Potala Palace in Lhasa Tibet. Tibetan Buddhism is mysterious to me, but I know it is one of the pathways to the utmost wisdom. A group of artists and I visit Lhasa in last September. I was rather sick due to the high altitude when we visited the Potala Palace, but I decided to give it a try. I am glad I did. I got a ton reference photos during my China/Tibet trip. I will try my best to find time to do some paintings with them.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

"Head Study 011419"

My obsession of portrait painting keeps on going. I went to life painting again yesterday. We had the same model, with whom I did "Head Study 010719" a week ago. I can see I am getting better noticeably (Don't you agree). I am much faster now, and start to have a procedure on how to paint accurate head studies. I don't want emphasize "loose" or "painterly" effects on this kind of studies. Portrait painting is totally different ball game relative to still life and landscape paintings. I also want to stay in this monochromatic scheme for a while until I really get anatomy of human face nailed.

Monday, January 14, 2019

"Demo at Scottsdale 2018 8" --- Sold

This is my last painting in the year of 2018. I worked on paint application, using more broken color techniques to increase the feeling of spontaneity and energy. I review my journey on still life painting, I did a lots of repetitions, because most of my still life paintings are demos. My progress were baby steps. I sneak into my teaching a small amount of experiments. I learn a little bit every time when I teach. gradually cumulates my know-hows. I have waited for a long time. Now I start to see improvement.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

"Head Study 011219"

Gush! I am obsessed with portrait painting now. I painted this one this morning. I am working on two things in my head studies: solidity of the head form and anatomy of facial structure. I have done three head studies this week and have seen progresses. I hope I can have more time on this path. Wish me luck please.

Friday, January 11, 2019

"Head Study 011119"

I think I have got Alzheimer's now. I went to life painting again this afternoon. I thought I got everything I need, but when I arrived at painting location, I found I forgot to bring the brushes I like, I did not have a palette knife. I have not a container to hold mineral spirit. I even forgot to bring the tripod that hold my easel. (Well, after the painting session, I found my tripod was in my car, but I have absolutely no memory that I had brought it). I had to borrow a palette knife and managed to finish. The painting turns out all right.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

"Demo at Scottsdale 2018 7" --- Sold

This demo painting is a little different from I usually do. I have concentrated on using broken colors and developing textures. I used to use more solid grey for the background, but this one I deliberated use purple and green to make the background color not that identifiable. I saw quite a few artists using this Impressionistic color mixing, but have not tried it myself seriously. I like the feeling of this painting. I felt I have more opportunities of using more higher chroma colors to present relatively dull colored objects. I consider this one marks a progress on my art journey. 

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

"Head Study 010719"

I went to portrait painting yesterday. This was my very first painting of 2019. Rusty hand with rusty colors.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

"Demo at Scottsdale 2018 5" --- Sold

The holiday is over. Go back to work. I continue posting my out-of-date paintings. This one is my first demo on my workshop at the Scottsdale Artists School in December 2018. Since this is my second workshop of the year at SAS, so I call it demo 5.

I had a relatively long break in this holiday season. I didn't paint. I re-read "Walden" by Henry David Thoreau, and decide to practice his idea literally. I started to build a small off-grid habitat with my own hands. This holiday season marked the very early phase of this long term project.

Sunday, December 23, 2018

"Demo at San Antonio 2018 3" --- Sold

This is my third demo at San Antonio. It has many colors, feels like a festival. I hope all of you have a wonderful holiday season.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

"Demo at San Antonio 2018 1" --- Sold

I was at San Antonio TX teaching at the Coppini Academy of Fine Arts. This was my first demo.

Saturday, December 15, 2018

"Lake Travis - Demo in Austin 3"

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This is my 3rd demo on my Austin plein air painting workshop. We went Oasis (a wonderful restaurant by Lake Travis). I painted this one on the balcony facing the big lake. It was a very cold day. The wind was strong and raining too. We had to go inside to get warm and then come out painting, back and forth quite a few times. Oasis was very kind to us, and allow all of us painting inside the restaurant in the afternoon.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Workshop reminder: Florence Texas, Feb 2019

Hello my friends, In February 22 - 24, I will teach a still life workshop in Florence Texas. If you are interested in my approaches to still life painting please check to get detailed information and sign up. See you at beautiful Texas hill country.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

"Volente Beach" --- Sold

I did a plein air painting workshop in Austin before Thanksgiving. It was a cold day. Thank God it did rain that day. I want to thank Linda Carter for allowing us to use her property for the class. There was an old sailboat in the marina. It is kind of interesting.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

"Demo at Wayne 1" --- Sold

I did a 3-day workshop at Wayne Art Center near Philadelphia. I want to thank Nancy Campbell and Kimberly Leone for organizing and all the artists for attending. This one was my first demo.

Friday, November 30, 2018

My 2019 calendar is ready for shipping

Happy Holidays my dear artist friends. I have made my 2019 painting calendar. To order one or a few, please visit my website then click "Store" tab, or just simply: Thank you so much for supporting my art.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

"Red Door" --- Sold

This is the day we supposed to go to a ranch and painted there, but I left my canvas holder (it is part of my easel) at the framer's shop. After I got it, the major part of the morning has gone. Instead of driving to the ranch, I decided staying in town. In the alley, I saw the back side of "Deadhorse" bar has this vibrant red door. I set up my easel there.  It made my day.

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Derek Penix 2019 Workshop

I am very excited to announce that Derek Penix will come to Austin again in April 2019 and teach a 4-day painting workshop. Derek is a true rising star artist. I know so many artists want to develop a loose and energetic painting style, but it is not easy. Derek really has the know-how. I just love his way of painting. If you are like me, and want paint loose, please check: Derek's workshop fills up fast. Please sign up as quick as you can.

Friday, November 23, 2018

"Old Time Entertainment" --- Sold

Continuing on my slow motion blog posting, this is my plein air of the old San Angelo Movie Cinema. It is no longer in use. I decided painted a monochromatic one. It gives a nostalgic feeling. I am very fortunate. This painting has been collected by San Angelo Fine Art Museum.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

"Quiet Beauty" --- Sold

I did another water lily painting in San Angelo. You probably have realized that my painting posts have been way out of date. I was at San Angelo in latter part of October, now it has been already latter part of November. Since San Angelo, I have done two workshops but I have not posted any paintings there. I don't know why I am so busy all the time, but I am behind of so many things always. I used to like the rabbit in "Alice in Wonderland" anxious of being late. Now my mind likes the still water in this water lily pond. Everything seems have stopped. Time is an obsolete concept. You think I am enlightened? No, I am just simply being lazy.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

"A Rainy Day in San Angelo" --- Sold

It was a cold day, rainy and windy. I was painting at the corner of Concho Ave and Oakes St. The scene was iconic for San Angelo. I like the old building of Miss Hattie's Restaurant and the sheep figure as well. A Dodge Ram was passing by. The scenery was so typically West Texas. I decided keep my color rustic. It was a long day and I suffered through, but it surely worth the effort.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

"Water Lily Sweetness" --- Sold

San Angelo has an International Water Lily Garden. I have enjoyed so much painting there. I did two plein air painting there. This small 6"x8" is one of them.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

"Antiques on ConChu" --- Sold

I went to San Angelo TX and participated the EPAT. This is my first plein air painting. I like the turquoise colors on this antique store.

Saturday, November 3, 2018


Jerom is small mining town not far from Sedona. Somehow this place reminds me Tuscany Italy. It was another raining day. I painted this one in the parking lot of Jerom Museum.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

"Glow at 5:30 PM"

This is the Cathedral Rock in Sedona. You know I am more or less a "structure" painter. I like to paint buildings, still lives, portraits and figures. Painting natural scenes is unnatural to me. I need more thinking. I feel this kind of painting is about depicting textures. Mountains and trees are just different kind of textures. There are ways to do them. Many artists (or teachers) say that "you can paint anything, because they are just shapes, colors, and edges". Well I have to tell you, that is true only philosophically. If you know some "formula" (I know it is a dirty word). You will do much better and quicker. That is why Bob Ross and Thomas Kinkade were so successful.  If you want to painting natural scenes as fine art. You must be an illustrator first.

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