Friday, October 28, 2016

"Demo at Putney 2016 2" --- Sold

Second demo at Putney. Feels the light is coming from a warm candle flame. It was cold and snowing here at Vermont. After dark, setting in front of a warm wood stove. It was very cozy.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

"Demo at Putney 2016 1"

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My workshop at Putney VT has started, and this is my first demo. I am so excited coming back to Putney and want to thank Penelope and Capt. John for organizing my workshop. Thanks to all the artists for attending.

Monday, October 24, 2016

“Demo at Granbury 2016 3"

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My third demo on the Granbury workshop. Now the workshop is over. We have gone through a lot. I hope all the workshop attending artists practice what We has discussed. I am looking forward to seeing the progress in your art.

Now. I am sitting at the Ft. Lauderdale airport waiting for my flight bring me to my next destination.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Friday, October 21, 2016

"Demo at Granbury 2016 1" --- Sold

I have started my workshop teaching after I returned from China. I want to thank Vickie Guthrie and the Lake Granbury Art  Association for organizing this worksop, and thanks to all the artists for attending and paint with me. It is always wonderful to see old friends and meet new friends. This is my first demo.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

4-Day Landscape Painting Workshop at Austin

You have seen I use my social media to let people know where I go and teach workshops, but some how I forget to announce the workshop in the place I call home. Well, I hope it is not too late. Right after the New Year of 2017, I will teach a 4-day painting workshop at the suburb of Austin. For this one I will concentrate on landscape painting: both plein air and using reference photos. Please visit: for detailed info and sign up. I am looking forward to paint with you and share what I know about art.

Monday, October 17, 2016

“Xidi in the rain 2"

This is another pen-&-ink sketch of the Xidi village. I like this medium, it is rather convenient and less time consuming. I did quite many this kind of sketches when I was in China. Using line structure to depict the scene has a special beauty. I want to explore more in this kind of work when I get more time.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

“Fall Blossoms"

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This is my first painting after I returned to the States. For a while, I have been testing new painting experiments. I was told I should come out of my comfort zone and try new stuff. I tried using more high key colors, splashed impressionistically, and even limited myself into monochromes. I used more knifes to sculpted old architectural structures, and doing more plein air landscapes. My art journey has been turned into a drifting wandering. My work sometime is satisfactory, but more often they are mediocre.  Of course, it is normal, because I am doing something I have not been experienced with. Well, I have kind of enjoyed this type of semi-drunk stage, but I know I have gradually lost my identity. Now I have heard a weak voice whispering from the deep part of my mind: go back. Go back to the place where you started and examine what is your first motivation in art.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

The Xidi Village

Revisiting the Xidi Village, I spent 5 days. I was enjoyed so much painting, sketching, and photographing the beautiful old structures. It rained quite a bit there, but the rain bring special beauty. The figures bring high chroma color on the black and white buildings giving the contrast of color vs non-color, young vs old. All of these photos I may use for my future paintings.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

"Xidi in the rain 01"

I made two trips outside of Beijing. My first one was to Auhui province. Xidi is an old village I visited last year. I love it so much so I went back. The weather wasn't cooperated much so I took many photos instead of painted at site. I did many pen-n-ink sketches. This is one of them. The type of structure in my sketch is called "Pai-Fong", which is a monument to commemorate someone local who contributed to the country, community, or family in an extraordinary way. The construction of a Pai-Fong must be approved by the emperor. Someone who builded it without approval would be beheaded. I am glad this genuine Pai-Fong is preserved without destroyed by commercialization.

Friday, October 7, 2016

"Plein Air at Pingshan 2"

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Hello My Friend, I am back to the US now. For more than a month, I have been traveling in China. I have spent time with my family, and traveled intensively, sometime with a group, and sometime by myself. Due to the difficulty of the Internet, I could not update you what have happened to me in a timely manner. Now I am back I will gradually let you know what I have done and see there.

This is my third plein air painting I did in a village called Ping-Shan in Anhui province. I went there alone. but painting among so many artists. Most of them are young students having their plein air trips. The living conditions were rather difficult, but it is heaven for plein air painting. This time I have spent 5 days in Anhui, but it is not adequate. I will definitely go back in the future.