Friday, June 30, 2017
The year of 2017 has reached its mid point. So I think it is a good time to announce my 2018 workshop teaching schedule. It has been just published. You can access it anytime. Just go to my website and press the "Teaching" tab. Similar to 2017, I will travel all over and share my painting process. If you are interested in taking one, please contact the organizer of the corresponding workshop and sign up. Happy painting and bettering (is that a word?).
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
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This is the third demonstration I did at Lowell. You may have noticed, my "daily painting" practice has passed 10 years mark. From painting small 6"x6" and selling on eBay to doing demos on workshop almost daily, I have changed. life is so tricky. If I say I am not burning out, nobody believes it. I am no longer as fresh, as energetic as before. However sweet grape juice has turned into dry wine. Maybe that is what we call "bitter sweet". I used to paint till midnight and not feeling tired. Now I am long for a comfortable bed to pass out. I really want to thank my students to keep my teaching activities going. Without you, I might have stopped painting a long time ago. I really want to thank the vulnerability of my life. Without it, I would not still making baby-step progresses day by day.
Saturday, June 24, 2017
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
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This one is my studio work based on a photo I took at Bologna Italy. T-days are weekends and holidays for the people in Bologna. They block all the motor vehicles and turn the center of the city into a pedestrian only area. People enjoy T-days with music and wine. This painting was a challenge to me. Italian buildings have so much ornate exterior decorations, and the street were packed with people. I want to just suggest the T-day atmosphere instead of render tightly the details. I have spent about 3 days on this one. I still see quite a few places on the painting I don't feel absolutely satisfied, but I know I must stop. Otherwise the painting will lost its freshness and look too much labored.
Monday, June 19, 2017
I am so behind in posting my painting lately. After I returned from my Italy trip, I have been to Lowell, Michigan. This is my first demonstration on my Lowell workshop. I am back to my usually still life demos. As matter of fact, I have been improving in baby steps. I am pretty happy about this one. I want to thank the Franciscan Life Process Center and Kathy Bechtel for organizing my workshop and thank to all the US and Canadian artists for coming and painting with me.
Friday, June 9, 2017
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
This is my second demo at Fiesole. Italy has so many this kind of bell towers. They are not that easy to paint. I need think more how to handle it. I hope I can do a better job of painting them.
Sunday, June 4, 2017
Friday, June 2, 2017
Because some Internet issues, I did not update you my activities in Italy. This is the second plein air demonstration I did at Florence. We are at the bank of Arno. There were so many old architectures in front of us. I didn't copy any structure "correctly". I painted my "feelings" of those beautiful houses. I was extremely humbled facing those beautiful buildings. I felt my art is really neglectable in the place like Florence. Also I felt extreme fortunate that I was able to visit Florence as an artist.