I did this painting a while ago, but didn't get a chance to post it. I was practicing surface texture of the cabbage and translucency of the tomato. When I was painting this one, Song was watching "Dance with Stars" on TV. So why don't I name the painting the same.
Monday, November 29, 2010
Sunday, November 28, 2010
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I used this long weekend and did this gallery level painting. I owe galleries representing me many paintings. I am so behind. I need to generate quite a few and send to them.
I chose to do a high key painting, because it is relatively easy to define the trumpet. It is my first time to paint a trumpet. It has many complicated parts. To me they are just shapes. I think the flowers are lilies. I am bad with names. They are just shapes to me. If you can paint shapes, you can paint anything.
Friday, November 26, 2010
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This painting has almost no cadmium colors in it. It is very special for me because I am so addicted to cadmium red and orange and use them in all my paintings except this one. I want to see if it is possible I still can create a popping effect with cool colors.
I did this painting on the Thanksgiving day. At this holiday time. I want thank all of you for giving me support, and encouragement. I have run into so many difficulties and problems in my art journey. Some many times I want quit. You keep me going. I maybe slow, I may limp, but I move forward, because of you.
Song and I went a friend's home for the Thanksgiving dinner. I met a few new people at the party. I was asked: "What do you do?" As usual, I would answer "I am an engineer" without thinking, because that is my daily job. However, this time, after pondering for a while, I answered: "I am an artist". You know what. It shocked me when I said that. I am so used to identify myself as a technical professional and doing art in my spare time. Now, having claimed "I am an artist" in front of strangers, I realized I have pledged an identity shift officially. My center of balance has been toggled. I felt my commitment into art is serious now. Art is no longer a spare time activity any more. It will be considered a career for me. I will support my family with it soon. I do feel a little sad toward my technical career, though. At an appropriate time, I will tell you how I feel about the corporate culture.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
This beautiful painting was done by the internationally well known australian artist Colley Whisson. If you read "International Artist" magazine. You certainly have seen his remarkable work. Currently, he is teaching and touring in US. This a couple of days he visited me in Austin. We had a wonderful time together. I like Colley's art a lot. He paints the light effect so wonderfully. His brushwork is so loose and bold. I don't have to say much. His works have said all. I will have Colley come back to Austin to teach workshop in the future, and I hope at that time, you can join me and learn from him.
Sunday, November 21, 2010
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You know I use a lot red and oranges in my paintings. This one is the same. The reason is obvious. Hot color capture viewer's attention easily. However, if I over use it, it starts to get boring. So I have been searching other colors that gives strong impact to people. This painting is one my tests. The color I am testing is turquoise. It is actually the opposite of the orange and red, but its crisp coolness can work as an eye catcher. I will definitely use it more.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
This painting was done at the Omni Hotel in Fort Worth, TX. I was there participating the Campfire USA Artists Christmas last Friday. The painting was an donation item. It was very enjoyable doing this. I learned from many of you that the brass object is a tool for containing coal. I have used some much hot colors that my apple and oranges are like hot flames. This is my version of the campfire. I hope many young people will benefit from the creative programs organized by Campfire USA.
Monday, November 15, 2010
This is the third demo I did at Melbourne. I was showing how to paint a brass object. I hope you like this one.
There have been quite a few things happening to my art lately, but I haven't got enough time to document them on my blog in time. I am still in the middle of transitioning from PC to Mac. I have got almost everything together now, but I must tell you I really have been struggling in order to get my online activities going. I had a lot of problems with my painting newsletters recently. You probably suffered when you read my painting emails lately. I have tried so many different ways: IPad apps, Google pages, Pages (Word for Mac), Free webpages, IWeb...... Finally I ended up to use a simple text editor and literally generate html codes line-by-line, without using any template. I FTPs it to my website, and send it out from Safari directly. I am very proud of myself doing this because I really hate writing codes. My relationship with computers can be summarized with one phase: "Dance with Wolfs"
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
My second demo at Melbourne is shown here. I wish I had more time that I could work on the leaves more. I have been practicing painting leaves a while, but I know I am still not there yet. I remember Richard Schmid said that the the flower is the icing on the cake. The leaves are actually the main part of the painting. Please be patient with me. It is just the matter of time I will be there.
Monday, November 8, 2010
I am at the airport of Melbourne FL waiting for my flight back to Austin. The workshop went so well and I really love this small Floridian city. I want to thank Carman Beecher for her great effort of putting this workshop together. I really appreciate Cindy and Bob Michaud for their hospitality. I enjoyed very much meeting the members of Pieces of Eight artist group and other artists attending the workshop. Three days passed quickly, but our friendship will last forever. Thank you all very much.
This workshop marks the ending my teaching of 2010. I have taught 11 workshops nation wide this year. I am so grateful for the opportunities I have be able to travel and meeting so many wonderful artists everywhere. You all have been helping me tremendously in my growth as an artist and a human being.
This is my first demo painting at Melbourne. Please enjoy.
Friday, November 5, 2010
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Calvin Liang's second workshop was another successful one, but I didn't get chance to see his last demo. I rushed out to the airport and today I started my workshop teaching at Melbourne, FL. This is a little painting I did last week. Calvin watched me doing this one. We had a wonderful discussion about a lot of things in art. Calvin is on his way back to California tomorrow. I wish him a safe trip back, and thank him for bring his great art to Texas.
Now I am in Melbourne, and finished my first day of teaching. The workshop went very well. Every one is happy. I was expecting to see the space shuttle launch this afternoon, but Nasa has postpone it. What a pity, I missed my chance, but I enjoyed the beautiful scenery here. People are so nice here. I will show you my demos later.