Thursday, October 18, 2018

"Chapel in Tlaquepaque" --- Sold

I am in Sedona AZ now attending 2018 SPAF. The weather was not cooperating for a few days. This plein air painting was done at Tlaquepaque in downtown Sedona. It was raining and cold. Fortunately I found a cover.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

"Earl Grey Tea" --- Sold

In New Orleans, "Oil" is pronounced as "Earl". So I put this lovely "earl" can into my second demo on the workshop, and called this painting "Earl Grey Tea".

Monday, October 15, 2018

Demo in New Orleans 2018 1 --- Sold

A few days after I came back from China, I did a workshop at New Orleans. This is my first day demonstration.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Hsin-Yao Tseng Portrait Painting workshop reminder

I want to send a reminder to all of you for this exceptional workshop from this exceptional artist. If you are not familiar with Hsin-Yao's art, I highly recommend you check his work online. Hsin-Yao is one of few I consider a genius. He has reached his success in the art world at very young age. Look at this extraordinarily beautiful portrait he did. I have been inspired, and learned a lot from him when I was studying at Art Academy of Art University in San Francisco. It has been a rare opportunity I invited Hsin-Yao come to Austin to teach. I hope you all also can take advantage of this special learning opportunity to bring your portrait work to the Master level. Please check Hsin-Yao Tseng workshop and sign up soon.

Monday, October 8, 2018

“Plein Air at Norbulingka" --- Sold

This is only plein air painting I did in Lhasa, Tibet. We were at Norbulingka, Dalai Lama's former summer Palace. It was a beautiful place, rather quiet. After we set up our easels and ready to work. A police woman asked me about our activity. After I explained that we were a group of international artists coming to Lhasa and paint. She was very happy about what we were doing, and watched we work with strong interest.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

"Shanli Bridge" --- Sold

I did this painting when I was in China. It feels my China trip has been a long long time ago, but in reality I came back only 10 days. It is so odd.

Sunday, September 30, 2018

“Plein Air at Shangli 02"

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This plein air painting was interrupted a few times by the rain. I don't know if it is considered finished or not, but I was really in a rush using the time when the rain was subsided into a drizzle. The scene was a complicated structure, but I was under the pressure, and it is impossible to take care of all the issues I consider necessary to be a painting I like. reality is reality.

I feel the process of this painting just like my life. We have to compromise to all the issues we wish we can take care of, but life is telling us that is the best we can have. Struggling in life is not always a bad thing. Just like this painting, I kind of like it.

Friday, September 28, 2018

"Plein Air at Shangli 01" --- Sold

I was completely disappeared from the cyber world for a month. I just came back from China last night. Our painting trip there was very exciting. 13 of us traveled and created art together. We have many stories to tell, and many photos to share. Unfortunately, I was not able to access to my social media during the time I was there. I was happy being there in China, and I am happy coming back as well, because I can show you images.

Shangli is a old small town in Sichuan Province. There are many remarkable old structures. The weather was 100% raining when we were there. I painted two paintings there, all in the rain.

Friday, August 24, 2018

"Docking Peacefully" --- Sold

This painting was done at Oxford MD during the Plein Air Easton Festival. I felt very peaceful when I painted them. Nowadays, the world is getting more and more chaotic. We really have no peace of mind when we are bombarded with the information of what are happening. Art is my sanctuary, where I can forget the reality temporarily.  Just like those boats, I want to dock peacefully.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Mathematics in Art

Do artists need math? Generally speaking, I don't know. However to myself, the answer is: Absolutely. Mathematics is a powerful tool when I run into ambiguous issues during painting practice. I'd like to run a few analysis mathematically. For instance, I try to investigate the color temperature relationship between light and shadow. I use image processing software (Photoshop) to sample out the colors in light and shadow area. I get their color coordinates so I can compare, and then plot the sampled colors on the color wheel. The result can be shown clearly. I document the analysis result in my note book for future references. My today's post is one of my color analysis. I consider I may teach some useful math to you in my future workshops.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

"Time Impression"

I spent two morning hours painting this old barn at Easton. I love to paint old stuff. This barn I painted last year. I saw it gets run down even more this year. Things fall apart. That is a very profound truth. On one hand we try to improve, wish we get better and better. On the other hand, we fall apart. The world is balanced in a weird way.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

"Time to Say Goodbye"

Got on "Youtube", I searched "Time to Say Goodbye". When the beautiful voices of Sarah Brightman and Andrea Bocelli permeated my studio, I felt tears in my eyes. This month of August is still young, but I have been shocked twice by the sad news that friends pretty close to me passing. Capt. John Atoms, (who was in Richard Schmid's dvd "The Captain's Portrait"), had stroke in July and passed away on August 3. I love him dearly. Another friend Patrick Hugg went to China with me last year and we met again in my Raleigh workshop last month, but he was gone on August 4. Patrick was only 52. The God of Death is so close to us. We all know we can not live indefinitely, but very few accept this truth. I did this small house painting several times. One of them was collected by Capt. John, and this very one was painted in front of Patrick. Farewell, my dear friends.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

"A hot day on the Strand" --- Sold

This is another plein air painting on PAE. It was at Oxford MD. I realized during painting this one that I really do not have enough know-how knowledge about landscape painting. I don't know how to paint trees, I don't know how to paint rocks, I don't know how to paint water, and I don't know how to paint small figures in the scene...  I was wondering why I was there for. When I was trying to put the blue umbrella on the painting panel, a gust of wind came suddenly, and my painting umbrella flue off to the lake, it was dancing and spinning, made a spectacular show, before sunk into the bottom of the water. I was in awe of such beautiful performance, regret I wasn't  quick enough to snap a video clip with my phone. That was a True Art.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

"Country Tranquility" --- Sold

This is 2nd plein air painting at Easton. It is a relatively large painting (12" x 24"). I have used a 3" wide brush for the background. It was so much fun.

Sunday, August 5, 2018

"Red Roof" --- Sold

This is my first painting on the Plein Air Easton Festival. This was done at Tilghman Island MD.

Thanks to all the friends providing suggestions and share ideas after my previous post. I know I am in a slump right now. It is rather difficult to relax and rest.  I meditated quite often recently, and realized how badly I am attached to this world. I am learning in baby steps, both artistically and spiritually.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

"Demo at Landgrove 2018 3"

Nowadays, I feel I am slowing down significantly. This painting was done more than a month ago in Vermont, but I have not posted it in a timely manner. Am I overly too busy? Maybe true, but I feel mainly is my psyche is out of whack again. My mind is keeping on shutting down and refuses to take any information from outside. My brain likes a over mixed color palette. It is full of mud. At this moment, I am in my camp trailer, off the grid, and alone. I hope my chattering mind can get quiet down a little bit. Although I myself may go crazy, This painting looks still OK. I am keeping on push my art forward, even I feel exhausted.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

"Jove Wang's 10-day Big Painting Workshop"

I want to use this opportunity to introduce a very special workshop I will provide in 2019. Master artist Jove Wang will come to Austin again next year and teach a 10-day Big Painting workshop. This workshop is designed for advanced artists who want seriously to bring their art to higher level by creating large scale oil paintings.  During the 10-day workshop period, students will learn how to develop large format art from multiple reference photographs and preliminary drawings and color sketches. In order to bring the utmost benefit to students, Jove Wang needs to evaluate the skill level of all applicants and provide appropriate recommendations. Please visit Jove Wang 10-day workshop webpage to get more detailed information. Jove and I are looking forward to working with you and helping you to develop your art to a higher level.

Monday, July 23, 2018

"Easton Rain" --- Sold

It was an honor to participate the Plein Air Easton competition the 2nd time. This is a painting I did in the rain in down town Easton. I am very happy that this painting has won the 1st place of Quick Draw. I want to thank Plein Air Easton and the Judge Jill Carver for this honor.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

"Demo at Landgrove VT 2018 2" --- Sold

I have spent longer time on this demo painting, so I get additional details on the metal pot. I really like the texture.

Monday, July 9, 2018

"Demo at Landgrove 2018 1"

Texas has been getting too hot. So I went Vermont. This is 1st demo at Landgrove, VT.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

New workshop Announcement: Plein Air in Ausitn

Yes, that red rock is in Sedona AZ, but I like to use it to announce my plein air painting workshop in Austin this fall. Texas summer is brutal. However, November is a good time to go outdoors. I am going to paint the beautiful Texas hill country. I hope you can join me and I will share all I know about plein air landscape painting in this 3-day workshop. Please check: for detailed info and sign up. Thank you.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

"Demo in Austin 2018 4" --- Sold

Nowadays, there are too much going on. We are information overloaded. We are over too busy. I felt I am a machine. Doing one thing after another. I can only react mechanically. In this rat race kind of life, can we still generate good art? I doubt it. I am mindful about it. I know my demos are pretty much the same. It serves its purpose in workshops. My art is still going. I have hope.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

"Demo in Austin 2018 3" --- Sold

When I post my painting, I write spontaneously what is in my mind. However recently my mind is blank. I feel I start to have Alzheimer's. So we just let the painting talk visually. This is the third demo I did on my Austin workshop.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

"Demo in Austin 2018 2" --- Sold

Life keeps  on going. I still have paintings to post. This is my second demo in Austin.

Monday, June 25, 2018

"Demo in Austin 2018 1"

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Back to my usual mode of teaching. This is my first demonstration on my Austin workshop. Low key, and bright center of focus. You have seen too many of my demos like this. Please be patient with me. Life is keep on going.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

"Copper Kettle and Green Apple"

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I am happy to see my color scheme change in paintings. I use to use value dominantly to create the drama for my art. Now I tend to establish dominant color tones for my paintings. I get more chances using higher chroma colors in large areas. I am in the transition from a tonalist to a colorist. Can you believe I did not use ultramarine blue in this painting?

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

"Tuscany in Green"

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The reason I painted this one is that I want to explore the world of color in a sense of design. I deliberately deviated from the color accuracy of realistic landscape. I want to compose the colors of this painting as a piece of music. The painting has a strong dominated color tone, which is green. All the colors are far away from real scene. All the colors on the painting are artificial. But I kept the color relationships. By varying the temperature of all the greens, I presented the depth and local colors of the trees, houses, and hills. We all know green is a difficult color to use. My old trick was to indicate greens without using green. However this time I deliberately using a lot of pure green, but I don't want the greens look garish. I hope to create a strong sense of color harmony.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

"Present Moment" --- Sold

I sent this painting to this year's Oil Painters of America National Exhibition. I am very happy to know that this painting has been sold on the show. Since my nowadays major art activity is teaching workshops, I have not spent enough time and effort in improving my own art. So please be patient with me. I feel this kind of situation will still last for a few more years. I will try my best to bring my best work to the shows, but you may not see much of progress. I can only grow in baby steps.

Monday, June 4, 2018

New workshop announcement: Hsin-Yao Tseng, 3-Day Portrait Painting

I am very happy to announce another invited artist workshop. In early December, Hsin-Yao Tseng will come to Austin and teach a 3-Day portrait painting workshop. Hsin-Yao and I met in the summer of 2012 in San Francisco. At that time, he had just graduated from the Academy of Art University. In these a few years, this young man has been a rising star in the world of representational art. He has shows and in magazines all over the places. I am very happy he will come to Austin to shows his techniques in portrait painting. You may check: Hsin-Yao Tseng's workshop in Austin for more information, and sign up.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

"Demo in Tuscany 2018 1 - 2"

After my workshop in Paris, I did another one in Tuscany Italy. The scenery in Tuscany is absolutely beautiful. These are two demo paintings I did in the first day.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

"Demo in Paris 2018 1 - 3"

I have arrived at Paris a few days. Today is the third day of my Paris workshop. Here are the 3 demo I have done so far. The group of painters I have is very international. We have artists coming from France, Australia, Israel, Swaziland, The Netherlands, and United States. I want to thank Philip Levine for organizing this wonderful workshop. My wife and I have enjoyed Paris very much.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

"Demo at Scottsdale 2018"

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This is my 4th time teaching at Scottsdale Artists' School. I had relative large class of 17 people. This first demo is as usual: simple objects, bright center of focus in contrast with dark background.

Monday, April 16, 2018

"Demo at Ponte Vedra Beach 2018 4" --- Sold

Putting figures into a landscape painting is exciting, but I have not done this much. This demo painting was done with a photo I took a couple of years ago in Xidi China. I thought I might not have enough time to finish, but it turned out all right. I may do more paintings like this in the future.

Monday, April 9, 2018

"Demo at Ponte Vedra Beach 2018 3" --- Sold

The perspective of this canoe is rather challenge, but I have really enjoyed the graceful curves.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

"Demo at Ponte Vedra Beach 2018 2" --- Sold

I love to paint buildings, you know that. This is a black smith's shop in Louisiana. I took a photo, and did this painting reference to the photo. I feel the color scheme for this painting maybe too cool.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

"Still Life Workshop at Austin"

I would like to announce my painting workshops in Austin for 2018. I will teach a 4-day still life workshop on June 20 - 23, and a landscape workshop on November 10 - 12. I have just created a webpage for the June Still Life Workshop. Please check the info and sign up.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

"Demo at Ponte Vedra Beach 2018 1" -- Sold

This is another palm tree demo. I did this at Ponte Vedra Beach Florida.

Thanks to so many friends responded to my last post. I understand there are issues we should not openly talk about, but have we noticed those issues are all important issues. Well, let paint more palm trees. because all those trees are supporting each other and forms a beautiful scene, and it helps us to make a beautiful painting.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

"Demo at Ft Lauderdale 2018 3" --- Sold

When I was at Ft Lauderdale, it was just after the Parkland high school shooting. It was about 20 mi away from where I teach. I just simply can not understand that the current US government does not do anything on gun control. I thought we live in a civilized country. We have long passed the barbaric time that everybody have to bear arms to protect themselves. It was shocking that the government considers giving teacher guns is a good idea to make school safer. It is so sad to see Washington is not willing to do anything on gun control to protect its own citizens, especially children. The problem is the guns themselves, people can get crazy by zillions of ways. If they can not get the mass destructive weapons, the damage can be a way less. Why common sense is so difficult to grab for our "leaders"?

Sunday, March 25, 2018

"Demo at Ft Lauderdale 2018 2" --- Sold

I painted this demo from a photo I took at Xidi China. The photo showed a very busy scene, I simplified it significantly. The painting has demonstrated a good play of opacity vs transparency. The brushwork has shown a good spontaneity. The color needs some work. It is over simplified.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

"Demo at Ft Lauderdale 2018 1" --- Sold

In February, I taught two landscape workshops. Compared with my still life painting, my landscapes still need more development. I am learning while I am teaching. It is a little scary experimenting in front of students. Well, sometime, there is not much choice.

Monday, March 19, 2018

"Demo at Lindale 2018 3" --- Sold

I feel I am slowing down quite a bit in everything. I am still posting paintings I did two months ago. In this modern life, we are much busier than ever before. Everything is getting more and more complicated. We are more and more controlled by the digital technology. I really long for the good old days.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

"Egg Plants and Turnip"

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I did a small daily painting yesterday. Life is cyclic. My art career started with doing small paintings daily. Then I have tried all other directions. Now, I am coming back to it. I feel the most tangible way to run your own art business is still selling small paintings on the internet. Life gets more complicated, painting time is harder to come by. Very few artists can survive if they do not have a rich family. So down to earth, and face the reality. As a beginner artist, do small,  and learn a lot.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Where is Paris?

I want to tell you a funny story. I am preparing for my trip to Europe, and I want to check where we will go. It happens to be the day that I had a major internet failure in my house. I was not able to check Google maps online. My wife is am AAA member. Just like the good old days, she went and got me a paper map of France from the local AAA office. I spread it wide open in front of me and try to find Paris.  I searched and searched on this giant map for a long time, but lo and behold, I just simply CAN'T FIND PARIS, the capital of France... I gave up, felt so embarrassed . In the evening I had dinner with a couple of my friends. I asked one of them this stupid question: Where is Paris? He showed me on his phone. Yes, I saw it. Paris is in upper middle of France. After I got home, I went to my map of France again. You know what I still CAN NOT find it!!! .... I was so confused. ... Suddenly, I realized what is going on. Here is my answer:

Where is Paris? .... IT IS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MAP.

No matter how stupid I am, I still paint and willing to share. If you are interested to see how I paint, please join us in Paris and Tuscany. We still have a few openings. Please check my website to sign up.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

"Demo at Lindale 2018 1" --- Sold

This is my first demo at Lindale workshop. Dark bottles and some fruit. I really don't know what kind of fruit at the front is. I don't think it does not matter. They are for the taste of the eyes. They manipulate the light the fruit way.