Wednesday, April 29, 2009

"Demo at Cincinnati 3" --- Sold

This is my third demo at Cincinnati. Different from the previous two, I did this one for general public. For various kinds of reasons many people are not able to attend my workshops. This demo only event serves as an alternative. As a matter of fact, I have another demo coming up on May 11, 7:00 PM at Wimberley, TX. Please contact Wimberley Valley Art League for the detailed information.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Monday, April 27, 2009

"Demo at Cincinnati 1" --- Sold

It is ironic, but it is true. When the painting business is getting busier, the first thing having to be sacrificed is the painting itself. Last 10 days or so, I was so busy and my regular painting schedule had to be replaced by other things, then I went to Cincinnati, OH and taught a workshop since last Wednesday. I did three demos there. This is the first one.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

"Green and Red Balance" --- Sold

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This painting didn't get a good start. I was almost collapsed in the middle of the painting and had to nap for a while. I thought I might not finish it, but it turned out OK. Life needs to be balanced. I am not good at that. I am learning.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

"Learning from Hongnian"

Yesterday I was at Magnolia TX again attending a figure painting workshop taught by a great artist Hongnian Zhang. I felt so good of learning again. Hongnian paints gigantic historical paintings, size up to 72” x 120”. I was shocked to know that I had seen his huge paintings about 30 years ago. The tremendous power of his art inspired me when I was a teenager. I am so honored to meet him in person. His approach is very different from mine, but I really enjoyed his ways managing color. I need some time to digest what I have learned and I will use some of his techniques in my future paintings.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

"Now and Then"

I got more demands from galleries now, so I paint more larger paintings when i have more control on time, like weekends. Larger canvases offer more potential to compose richer art content. It is overwhelming at the beginning, but i feel more and more comfortable after practice.

Friday, April 10, 2009

"Portrait Study 1"

This is my second try of painting human this year. When I did the "little girl in red" I was struggling with colors for the skin tone. I worked on this matter more this time. This portrait is done by copying one of Zhaoming Wu's paintings. His is the master of painting figures and portraits. If you are not familiar with his work, please check his art on the Internet. I really want to learn his ways of painting. Copying masters' work is a great way to study.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

"Hacked Ikebana" --- Sold

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Ikebana is the Japanese way of flower arrangement. It is very disciplined and sophisticated. My wife is pretty good at that. Hacking (not about breaking into computers) is the quick-n-dirty way of doing things emphasizing only on functioning and practicality. I am pretty good at that. Modern life makes us more and more become hackers, but I am long for the opposite.

Monday, April 6, 2009

"Vase from China" --- Sold

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I got a new gallery representation last week by InSight Gallery at Fredericksburg, TX. This is a very new gallery, but it will show wonderful paintings from great artists I admire: Scott Burdick, Dan Gerhartz, Carolyn Anderson, John Austin Hanna, C. W. Mundy, and Joan Potter, to name a few. I am very happy and honored to be in. I did this 16x20 last weekend and it will be sent to this gallery.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

"Mutual Support" --- Sold

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It took me a while to balance these two pears to get the setup I would like to have. This makes me to realize how important we are relying on each other to survive in the world. Cooperation rather than competition, this world is made for you and me.