Saturday, October 30, 2010

"Afternoon at Windy Point"

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Calvin Liang's first workshop ended yesterday. It was very successful. The weather was great, the sites was beautiful, and everybody were happy. Today is our only break. The second workshop will start tomorrow morning. I have been very busy this two weeks. I went out early in the morning, set up road signs to make sure workshop artists can find the painting location. After everybody showed up and Calvin started to demo, I turned around and went to work. In the evenings, Calvin and I went different places to eat and chat. We had a lot of fun. Oh! I did got chance to paint. This one I did last Thursday. I have learned a lot from the master.

Recently I have spent a lot time trying to fix my computer problems. I got the newest MacBook Air computer. It is NICE. Now I am in the transition between PC and Mac. There is big learning curve I will go through. I have tried so many ways to generate my painting newsletter. I sincerely apologize that I have shown so many problems on my newsletters lately. I hope I am getting better now. If you see problems and issues, please let me know. It will help everybody. Thanks.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

"Calvin is showing his painting secret"

This is a demo painting did by master artist Calvin Liang.
This and next week, the internationally well known artist Calvin Liang is teaching two 5-days workshops in Austin. He is sharing his magic approaches to plein air painting. I am amazed by his rich organic colors and energetic brush work. We all appreciate this great opportunity to learn from the master. If you admire Calvin's art like I do, I have a good news for you. Due to the last minute cancelation, we still have a couple of openings for his second workshop starting on this Sunday Oct. 31. If you are interested in getting his painting secret, please shoot me an email: I will try my best to get you in.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

"Jessica" 9"x12" oil on board

A very good artist friend of mine was hosting a live drawing/painting session at his home last night. I went there after work and did this portrait sketch. You know I love painting human, but just have not done enough. We had a great model Jessica. I really enjoyed painting her.

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

"We Urn It" --- Sold, First Place Winner, Quick Draw

The last day of the paint out, we had a quick draw competition. I painted this urn. It was my lucky day again. I won the first place of the quick draw competition. I am very happy and humbled. You know what, I think this Urn has a magic power. Three prize winning artists did this urn: John Cook, Dennis Farris, and me. "We urn it!" John said to me after the event. John and Dennis are superb artists. Please google their names if you are not familiar with their works. You will be amazed with what they can do. I am very lucky to be among these greatly accomplished artists.

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Monday, October 18, 2010

"Trial Garden Glory" --- Sold, Second Place Winner

All together, I painted 4 paintings in the Fort Worth Botanic Garden. This was the one I submitted to the competition. I painted this painting in the "Trial Garden" where I found many uncommon plants. I didn't know the name of these flowers, but they are surely beautiful. I tried keeping the painting a sketchy looking without a detailed rendering. I was very honored and excited of winning the second place of the Camp Fire USA Paint Out Competition.

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Saturday, October 16, 2010

"Japanese Garden" --- Traded with an artist friend

I am on the road again. I am at Fort Worth, TX, participating the Camp Fire USA Paint Out. These several days, We are in the beautiful Fort Worth Botanical Garden. This is my first painting. Plein Air is always a challenge to me, but it was fun.

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Calvin Liang workshop openings

You might have known, Song and I organize two plain air painting workshops at Austin, TX for the nationally well known artist Calvin Liang. The first one will be Oct. 25 - 29, and the second one Oct. 31 - Nov. 4. Now we have several openings. If you are interested in attending, please

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"Demo at Lake Martin, AL 3" --- Sold

This is another demo I did at my Alabama workshop. I have figured out how to generate HTML newsletters on my iPad. If you subscribe my painting email, you now should see my painting image directly without opening the attachment like you did with my previous email. My computer problem has turned into a good thing. It forces me to learn new things. I like my iPad even more now.

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Monday, October 11, 2010

"Demo at Lake Martin, AL 2" --- Sold

I did my first 5-day workshop at the Beautiful Lake Martin near Alexander City in Central Alabama. I want to thank the Sarah Carlisle Towery Art Colony for organizing this wonderful event. Specially, I want thank Debbie Dowdle for her tremendous effort for putting this workshop together. I really enjoyed meeting all new artist friends there, and hope my teaching has some positive effect on your art. Alabama is a special place for me. I spent seven years as a rocket scientist in Huntsville. Song and I were married there too. You may find a trace of southern accent in my broken English. I felt so excited going back. This is my second demo at the workshop. At this moment, I am still in my computer crisis, but at least, you can see my writing and image together.

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Saturday, October 9, 2010

Posting from my iPad

I have just came back from Alabama last night. My computer has major hardware problems. I have spend almost whole day figuring out how to post without using a computer. iPad is my only tool right now. I have figured out how to import images from digital camera and edit them. I opened a Photobucket account to store images on line, and uploaded an image to my blog directly from Safary. But I could not post text somehow. Now I am trying this new app BlogPress. I think I have got most parts working now. Computers are powerful tools, but they are most unreliable tools. I refuse to be controlled by computers. So many things are in my way trying to stop me from painting. I do not give in.

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Demo at Lake Martin, AL 1 --- Sold