Wednesday, July 26, 2017

"PAE 2017 3: Has Seen Better Days" --- Sold


During the Plein Air Easton Festival, I was so impressed with how some of artists worked. They arrived at the painting locations very early like 5 or 6 AM, and set up very large canvas. They were able to paint 3 or more paintings each day. they even painted after dark as well. The weather was brutal: 90s with almost 100% humidity, but so many artists still worked under the steamy sun. I was so unexperienced. I got up about 8, having coffee with my host family. When I arrived at the painting site. Quite a few artists have done their large pieces. Now I understood what it means by "painting seriously".

Monday, July 24, 2017

PAE 2017 2 and 4 --- Sold


Plein Air Easton 2017 ended yesterday. I painted 10 paintings and sold 9 of them. I did not get any awards. That is all right. I surely enjoyed very much this 9 days festival. These are two 12" x 24" I painted at Oxford and St. Michaels. This was my first time painting large paintings live at the sites. It was quite challenging. I have stepped into many unknown zones of plein air painting. I have learned a lot from many experienced plein air painters this time.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

"Boat House at Fox Harbor Farm (Plein Air Easton 2017 1)" --- Sold


My very first Plein Air Festival - Plein Air Easton started. I am so happy to gain new painting experience at this new event. I was shocked that most of participating artists started painting in very early hours, and keep on paining after dark. They can crank multiple paintings per day. The weather is not cooperating. It is hot and humid. But artists working hard under the sun. The event is very well organized. I feel very fortunate to get in. This is my first painting. I started around 4 PM finished about 7 PM. framed (with the only frame I brought) and displayed on my easel. Collectors came. The painting sold pretty quickly.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Nancy Tankersley Workshop Reminder


Nancy Tankersley is one of the artists I really admire. Being able to painting loose but accurate is not easy. Nancy knows the secrets and she will share them with us in her painting workshops. Many artists who had taken her classes expressed to me that her methods are very practical and effective. Figurative art can be quite challenge to many beginning and intermedium level artists. I highly recommend Nancy's workshop to you. She is coming back to Austin this fall and teach a four day workshop. Please click: Nancy Tankersley Workshop for detailed information and sign up. We only have very few openings.

In addition, Nancy is one of the major artists who started the Plein Air Easton Art Festival. It has become one of highly prestigious plein air events in the country. I am lucky to get in this year as a newbie, and looking forward to paint together with Nancy and other well known artists.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

"Demo at St Simons Island 2017 3"


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My usual workshop demo. I did this one on the last day at St Simons Island workshop. The flowers are not bad, but I really like the color relationship between the background and the white vase.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Stephanie Birdsall's Workshop in Austin


I am very happy to announce that the well known artist Stephanie Birdsall will come back to Austin and teach a 4-day floral and still life painting workshop from September 30 to October 3, 2017. Stephanie is a good friend of mine. We met many years ago at one of the Putney Painter's event. She is excellent in both oil and pastel. She has taught a 2-day workshop earlier this year. Quite a few Austin artists have attended and learned a lot. I am so happy she is coming back. Please check Stephanie's workshop webpage to get detailed information and sign up.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

"St Michaels Exercise 2" --- Sold


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I have applied my "new daily painting discipline" for a week. I have done 6 paintings so far. This is the second one. Compared to my old daily painting practice, there are two major differences (as matter of fact, they are two opposites of traditional daily painting): (1) PAINTING BIG. The size of painting can not be smaller than 12"x12". The current one is 12"x 24". (2) DO NOT PAINT FOR MARKET. The only purpose of these exercises is simply improve the art. If the painting sells, it is good. If the painting does not sell, it is OK too. Although the painting size is bigger, I still force myself to "finish" the painting within a few hours. I won't touch the same painting any more in the second day.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

"Demo at St. Simons Island 2017 2"


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Coming back to my still life demo in my workshop at St Simons Island. This is my second demo. As usual, I demo my way of dealing with metal objects. I really enjoy painting this copper kettle.

In about a week, I will travel to Easton MD and participate the Easton Plein Air Festival. Right after the festival, I will teach a plein air landscape painting workshop. We still have one opening due to an artist has to cancel due to physical issues. If you are interested in taking my workshop, Please visit my website for info and signing up. Thanks.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

"St Michaels Exercise 1"


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It has been 3 days I paint everyday at my home studio. I want to see if it is possible I can paint relatively large and manage to finish in a few hours. This one is a 12x16. I finish of this one in about 3 hours. I am kind of practice my daily painting exercises again, but in relatively large scale. So far so good. In about 10 days, I will participate the Easton Plein Air Festival. This is my first time to get in. So I want to prepare a little. This one is from a photo I took at St. Michaels, MD. In the coming festival, I may go there again.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

"Demo at St Simons Island 2017 1"


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I have just finished a workshop at St. Simons Island in Georgia. I want to thank Mary Anderson for organizing this workshop, and thanks to all artists for coming. This is my first demo.

This is an "as usual" painting as a part of my "as usual" life. It is usual that artists always looking for something new, something more exciting. Me too. But "Life as usual" is reality. "As usual" is good. No news is really a good news. Let's have another usual day. As a matter of fact, we do progress, as Usual.