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My second demo was a plein air piece. We gathered in front of one of the workshop attending artist's home. Time is limited. So I decided to paint the arbor in front of her garden. Everybody was in shade. That is most important condition to conduct a successful plein air event.
At this moment I am at SFO waiting for my flight for Beijing China. I will try to keep you posted. Please wish me a luck for finding a good way to communicate there. zai-jian (bye now).
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Monday, August 29, 2016
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I did this one as a demo for my Falmouth at Cape Cod workshop. I took the photo at Lancaster County PA in early April. I want to thank Suzy Bergmann and Falmouth Artists Guild for organizing this workshop and thanks to all the artists for attending. Cape Cod is a beautiful place. I am so happy coming back.
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Monday, August 22, 2016
I hope all of you have had a wonderful summer time. I have been back to Austin for a few days now, but tomorrow I will be on my way to New England. Although I am busy traveling, but I want to keep you posted what will be here this coming fall.
I know many of you are plein air landscape painters. Nowadays there are many plein air events all over the country. They are great opportunities for artists to show, sell, and win some awards. However to be successful in plein air events, you much have the skill of painting quickly. That is the reason we invited Hai-Ou Hou coming to Austin to teach a 3-day workshop on how to paint quickly. She has special tricks for finishing a painting in a very short time. Please check the detail info on the Hai-Ou's workshop webpage and sign up. We still have a few openings.
Sunday, August 21, 2016
Friday, August 19, 2016
I am at El Paso airport waiting for my flight back to Austin. I like small airports better because they provide free WiFi while most bigger airport do not. My workshop at Cloudcroft NM went well. Made quite a few new friends and had wonderful time in the Lincoln National Forest. My second demo was about painting metal in a low key situation.
Monday, August 15, 2016
I have arrived at Cloudcroft NM yesterday. It was more than 100F in Austin two days ago, but last night here was 39F. What a dramatic change. I want to thank Cloudcroft Art Workshops for organizing my class here again. Thanks to all the artists from Texas and New Mexico for attending. This is my first demonstration.
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
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I was at Hood River OR a few years ago. This painting was done from one of the photos I took there. My landscape painting is still at its very early stage. I don't have much of specific techniques to depict the subtle textures of the nature. My composition is still mechanical and lack of variation. However, I like this good starting point. This new path has potential for sure.
Monday, August 8, 2016
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I have visited Bahamas twice and took many great photos. The painting I did today is from one of them as a reference. I had a lot of fun playing the colors for those coconut trees, and really enjoyed using my palette knife. My landscape painting is progressing. I have gained more freedom, and more dramatic effects start to show.
Friday, August 5, 2016
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This one I did from a ref photo taken at Lancaster Pennsylvania in spring. Although I paint this one from a photo, but I kept my approach similar to plein air. I know I still have a quite journey before I can reach the quality I want for my landscapes, but if I keep on doing this kind of small studies. I will be closer to my goal gradually.
Tuesday, August 2, 2016
From August 24 to 26 I will go to Cape Cod in Massachusetts and teach a 3-day workshop at Falmouth Artists Guild. Different from most of my oil painting workshops, I will concentrate on landscape painting specifically on this one. It will be a perfect time to paint out doors in New England at this time of the year. We still have a few openings. If you are interested in my painting process, please check the workshop description at Falmouth Artists Guild Website and sign up. Thanks.
Monday, August 1, 2016
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I went to plein air painting last Saturday with a group of Austin artists. The day was hot, but I picked up a shaded spot. So it wasn't too bad. The building in the painting is an old Texaco gas station. I didn't think it was open. However the traffic on the road was quite busy. There is well known Texas BBQ restaurant nearby. Most of the people must be going there.