Wednesday, March 28, 2018
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
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
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
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
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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
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
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.