Thursday, January 17, 2019

"Notre-Dame de Paris"


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I was at Paris last May, and tried of painting the Notre-Dame plein air. I failed badly. The structure is so intricate. It is so difficult to simply and still make sense on canvas. I was pondering this problem since then. Yesterday I was reviewing my photos shot in Paris. This question came to mind again. So I give it try again. I think it works this time.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

"Gate to Wisdom"


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This painting is from a photo I took at the Potala Palace in Lhasa Tibet. Tibetan Buddhism is mysterious to me, but I know it is one of the pathways to the utmost wisdom. A group of artists and I visit Lhasa in last September. I was rather sick due to the high altitude when we visited the Potala Palace, but I decided to give it a try. I am glad I did. I got a ton reference photos during my China/Tibet trip. I will try my best to find time to do some paintings with them.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

"Head Study 011419"


My obsession of portrait painting keeps on going. I went to life painting again yesterday. We had the same model, with whom I did "Head Study 010719" a week ago. I can see I am getting better noticeably (Don't you agree). I am much faster now, and start to have a procedure on how to paint accurate head studies. I don't want emphasize "loose" or "painterly" effects on this kind of studies. Portrait painting is totally different ball game relative to still life and landscape paintings. I also want to stay in this monochromatic scheme for a while until I really get anatomy of human face nailed.

Monday, January 14, 2019

"Demo at Scottsdale 2018 8" --- Sold


This is my last painting in the year of 2018. I worked on paint application, using more broken color techniques to increase the feeling of spontaneity and energy. I review my journey on still life painting, I did a lots of repetitions, because most of my still life paintings are demos. My progress were baby steps. I sneak into my teaching a small amount of experiments. I learn a little bit every time when I teach. gradually cumulates my know-hows. I have waited for a long time. Now I start to see improvement.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

"Head Study 011219"


Gush! I am obsessed with portrait painting now. I painted this one this morning. I am working on two things in my head studies: solidity of the head form and anatomy of facial structure. I have done three head studies this week and have seen progresses. I hope I can have more time on this path. Wish me luck please.

Friday, January 11, 2019

"Head Study 011119"


I think I have got Alzheimer's now. I went to life painting again this afternoon. I thought I got everything I need, but when I arrived at painting location, I found I forgot to bring the brushes I like, I did not have a palette knife. I have not a container to hold mineral spirit. I even forgot to bring the tripod that hold my easel. (Well, after the painting session, I found my tripod was in my car, but I have absolutely no memory that I had brought it). I had to borrow a palette knife and managed to finish. The painting turns out all right.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

"Demo at Scottsdale 2018 7" --- Sold


This demo painting is a little different from I usually do. I have concentrated on using broken colors and developing textures. I used to use more solid grey for the background, but this one I deliberated use purple and green to make the background color not that identifiable. I saw quite a few artists using this Impressionistic color mixing, but have not tried it myself seriously. I like the feeling of this painting. I felt I have more opportunities of using more higher chroma colors to present relatively dull colored objects. I consider this one marks a progress on my art journey. 

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

"Head Study 010719"

I went to portrait painting yesterday. This was my very first painting of 2019. Rusty hand with rusty colors.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

"Demo at Scottsdale 2018 5" --- Sold


The holiday is over. Go back to work. I continue posting my out-of-date paintings. This one is my first demo on my workshop at the Scottsdale Artists School in December 2018. Since this is my second workshop of the year at SAS, so I call it demo 5.

I had a relatively long break in this holiday season. I didn't paint. I re-read "Walden" by Henry David Thoreau, and decide to practice his idea literally. I started to build a small off-grid habitat with my own hands. This holiday season marked the very early phase of this long term project.