Saturday, February 16, 2019

Workshops in March

Hello my artist friends: I will travel to the southern states: Georgia and Alabama and teach two 4-day still life workshops. On March 21-24, I will teach at the Art Loft in Dahlonega, GA, and then I will teach at the Tallapoosa School of Art at Lake Martin, AL. If you are in the Southern states, and want to improve your art skills. Please contact the corresponding workshops organizers. I am looking forward to meeting you. Thanks.

Thursday, February 14, 2019


I did this painting yesterday based on a photo I took at San Angelo TX last October. I think it is first cowboy painting I have done. I am considering sending this painting to a gallery soon. Personally, I have tried to establish a process or a procedure I can deal with any narrative topics. My attention is going into the abstractive expressions of all the painting elements: shape, value, color, texture, etc. I want to go beyond techniques and skills, so the my painting becomes a true art.

Monday, February 11, 2019

“Demo in Tucson 2019 2" --- Sold

Now we get something exciting. Playing the texture and colors as a piece of visual music, that was my main idea when I painted this demo painting. I have enjoyed the freedom of the brush strokes and the color distribution. However, I must be mindful that I need a control to keep the painting representational. Do not want to go pure abstractness. One of artist in the workshop is an orthopedic surgeon.  He told me that the person doing this kind of art should be a specialist called an "optical realistic abstractionist".

Sunday, February 10, 2019

“Demo in Tuscon 2019 1" --- Sold

I need to put my "head studies" aside for a while now, and come back to field I feel more comfortable to be in. At the end of January, I did a workshop in Tucson Arizona. I want to Thank Brenda Semanick for organize this wonderful event, and thanks to all the artists who attended this workshop. I like the shimmering colors in this demo. 

Saturday, February 9, 2019

"Head Study 020919"

Today's head study is relatively more challenge, I can not play the light and shadow game on this one, and the perspective is not easy either.  I am happy that the model has strong features on her nose and mouth. I am rather weak in painting the nose and mouth area, I have got a chance today to practice. The entire process of today's painting was a struggle, but result was not too bad. Man! I wish I can do head studies everyday.

Friday, February 8, 2019

"Head Study 020819"

I have done a few "head studies" after I got back home. I did not show all of them. They are kind of boring, and full of problems. This is what I did today. It is relatively good. The nose has some minor issues, and I did not have time to do the ear. I will say I have reached the mediocre level of portrait painting. The face looks close to normal human being now. At this moment, I won't say there is much of art in my head studies, because I still concentrate only on how to copy the face accurately, I have not give much of thought about design and composition. I just try to avoid anatomic, proportional, and perspective mistakes. That is all.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

"Painting in China 2019" announcement

Today is the Chinese New Year, the year of pig. As a matter of fact, I was born in one of those years of pigs. Well, I don't want to talk too much about pigs, but it maybe a good time to kick off my "Painting in China 2019" program. I have worked hard quite a few days and getting the trip finalized and webpages developed. In this September, we have planned to cruise the Yangtze River, then painting at the spectacular Guilin. I will teach a 5-day landscape painting workshop at Yangshuo, a small town in Guilin area. We also arranged an additional Beijing - Xi'an - Shanghai trip for people who visit China the first time. For detailed information, please check: We will keep the group relatively small, so seats are limited. Many people have asked me about this exciting trip. Please take your action now.

Monday, February 4, 2019

My 2019 Spring Workshops

My 2019 Art teaching has started in full swing. I feel it may be a good idea to list a few of my forth coming workshops on my social media. I travel quite a bit and enjoy sharing what I know about painting to my art friends. I hope this posting helps you to plan your art learning at locations close to you. I teach many workshops, maybe too many. I do consider to slow down (I am not allowed to say that I am getting old, but you know). So please take the opportunity that my teaching is still relatively easy to access. Please visit my website and contact the corresponding workshop organizers. Thanks.

Saturday, February 2, 2019

"Demo at Charleston 2019 3" --- Sold

This is my 3rd demo on my Charleston workshop. As a matter of fact, I have painted using this ref photo before, and get more and more excited about the direction I am heading to. "Figures in landscape" may be the genre I am getting in. The potential of the artistic expression is tremendous. I am happy my art tree starts to bear fruit. Many years of exploration in still life and landscape painting have given me a peek what the future will look like. Many friends have considered that I have established my art. Well, I am afraid not. I have seen just the beginning.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

"Demo at Charleston 2019 2" --- Sold

The second demo at Charleston. Painting a small house to show how to present linear perspective correctly.

Monday, January 28, 2019

"Demo at Charleston 2019 1" --- Sold

I have just finished a 3-day workshop at Charleston SC. I want to thank Laura Todd and Pat Huff for organizing this wonderful event. Thanks to all the artists for coming and painting with me. This is my first demo. BTW, I did go to see a dentist when I was in Charleston. I am OK now. Thanks to all friends' asking.

Saturday, January 26, 2019

New workshop announcement: 4-day still life painting in Austin

I would like to announce that I will teach a 4-day still life painting workshop in Austin on May 5 - 8, 2019. I want to share my know-hows on how to make a painting more dramatic. If you are an artist in Austin, or artist wants to come to Austin Texas in May, please take this opportunity to improve your painting skills. Please check the workshop webpage: for more information and sign up. Thanks.

Monday, January 21, 2019

"New Year's Color Study" --- Sold

I have to interrupt my portrait study for a while. At this moment, I am sitting at the airport waiting for my flight to my next workshop teaching. This painting I did right after the New Year to give my still life painting a little change. I am exploring new compositions. Of course, I want to push the envelope of my colors.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

"Head Study 011919"

Obviously, I did not do a good job on my yesterday's painting, but I went to Whole Food and found myself a bowl of Chicken Noodle soup. It was delicious. I went to live painting again this morning. It happen to be the same model. I did better I think.

Friday, January 18, 2019

"Head Study 011819"

Today, I have really experienced how a starving artist feels. Due to a bad toothache, I hardly ate anything for a few days. I felt very hungry today. I wanted to go today's noon to 3:00 live painting, but I better find a bowl of soup (that is only thing I can eat) before I start to paint. I left a little early and stopped by 3 places: a Burger King, a HEB (grocery store), and a Jersey Mike's Subs. Man! nobody offers a bowl of soup. I was starving and arrived at the painting place late. I did all right. The painting has some problems. I finished this painting with some warm water and a tablet of ibuprofen.

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.

Sunday, December 23, 2018

"Demo at San Antonio 2018 3" --- Sold

This is my third demo at San Antonio. It has many colors, feels like a festival. I hope all of you have a wonderful holiday season.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

"Demo at San Antonio 2018 1" --- Sold

I was at San Antonio TX teaching at the Coppini Academy of Fine Arts. This was my first demo.

Saturday, December 15, 2018

"Lake Travis - Demo in Austin 3"

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This is my 3rd demo on my Austin plein air painting workshop. We went Oasis (a wonderful restaurant by Lake Travis). I painted this one on the balcony facing the big lake. It was a very cold day. The wind was strong and raining too. We had to go inside to get warm and then come out painting, back and forth quite a few times. Oasis was very kind to us, and allow all of us painting inside the restaurant in the afternoon.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Workshop reminder: Florence Texas, Feb 2019

Hello my friends, In February 22 - 24, I will teach a still life workshop in Florence Texas. If you are interested in my approaches to still life painting please check to get detailed information and sign up. See you at beautiful Texas hill country.