Thursday, December 31, 2009

"Color Cascade"

I am in the process of generating several larger paintings for gallery shows. This is the first one. It is rather an abstract one. I was trying to create a flow of light and color. It is always fun painting flowers. After you have managed the anatomy of the flowers, you will feel much of freedom and creativity. Let's put all the hard times of 2009 behind us. Let this cascade of beauty make your New Year more exciting. 2010 is coming. I wish all of you good luck. Thank all of you for being with me and supporting me.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

"Flute and Roses" --- Sold

This one took me three days to paint. I feel happy that the painting does not show much of over work. This year went by so fast. Now we are at the end of it. As a painter, I feel very lucky, because painting helped me "freeze" the time. Every painting I did is a milestone. It reminds me what I was thinking at the moment I was creating that image. When we are getting old, our physical memory does not work as well as we were young. We hardly remember what we did yesterday. However, if you are a painter, you can archive your life so vividly. I am really blessed.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

"Being in the Dark" --- Sold

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Darkness is full of mystery. We often feel insecure in it. However, the darkness implies potential. We have more room to grow. I put the background of this painting is completely darkness. It gives the vastest contrast for the center of focus to stand out. By the way, I didn't use any blacks. The background was done with Phthalo blue and Alizarin Crimson.

Friday, December 25, 2009

"Echo of the Void" --- Sold

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The painting is so typical of David Leffel's style. I am learning how to paint space. Although the size of the painting is only 8" x 10", do you feel the painting is quite large? I really like this one. I think I got what Sherrie and David told me finally.

Now is the morning of the Christmas day. I haven't unwrapped my presents yet, but I have felt blessed already, because I have got the most precious gift --- TIME today. This is my first time posting a painting so early in the morning. Please accept it as my present to you all. I wish all of you have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Thanks to all of you for your constant support. Now I will go to our small Christmas tree, and I will have a lot of fun with my family today.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

"Everyday Christmas"

I should have been painting in my evening hours, but I didn’t get chance to do that lately. Instead, I have been learning QuickBooks and trying to get some bookkeeping going. Nowadays, people like me don’t have the luxury to concentrate on the art development. We have to take care of everything. Too bad we have only 24 hours and I spend the best part of it onto the boring stuff to make a living (a very interesting phase). The art projects always are the first bunch falling into cracks. Life is hard, and more and more complicated, but I am still optimistic. I can’t develop my art at the pace I wanted it to be, but it is at least progressing day by day. I felt the year went by so fast, and the holiday season is here again. I am satisfied. I have achieved a lot in my art with the meager time and energy I have.
In my today’s painting, I am still experimenting with what I learned from Sherrie. I will let the future decide weather or not I would keep this approach. The painting is a little larger (8” x 8”) and I put greens and reds on my setup. I hope our regular days will be as merry as Christmas. Happy holidays.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

"Orange Spiral" --- Sold

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After my previous post, I received many comments, and most of people disagreed with me this time. How big the object is too big is a very subjective matter. Since I was attending Sherrie’s (and David’s) workshop, I did not want to do what I usually do. I really want to sense their way of judgment. Painting objects relatively small is part of the secrecy of the David Leffel style. David is painting the void. Using the subtle and smooth background and less occupied foreground, he sets up the boundary of the void to generate the effect of spaciousness. That is why David’s and Sherrie’s paintings have impacted us so strongly. So I don’t mind to create similar effect on my painting as well. Now, since we are talking about learning from the masters, I want to share some my experiences. At the class, I hardly taking any notes, but I pay a real attention to their demos. The masters communicate with you using visual language. So you need to listen with your eyes instead of your ears. The verbal part of their teaching is quite secondary to me. I hardly remember any their words. However, if you get a good result or some light bulbs start to blinking, make sure you document it verbally so you can remember better and organize the good effects into your own system. Moreover, if I may say some words to our beloved master artists who teach as well, I will say: Teaching is very left-brain process. To help the students to grow and also not mislead them, the teacher needs to do massive amount of work to translate the visual language into a verbal one, and present it in a systematic way. If there is a short of vocabulary, please create some. I heard Eskimos could identify many more kinds of snows than most of us. We artists should be able to describe many different kinds of grays verbally and pass them on to our students.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

"Frontyard Harvest" --- Sold

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We have an orange tree in the front yard. My son, Jonathan, picked one with leaves on it. I did many orange paintings, but I really like this one because the leaves provide more shape variation. After I talked in my blog about studying with Sherrie McGraw. I received quite a few emails and comments asking about what I really learned from her. Very simple, she said I painted my objects too big. This painting is good start for improvement. I made the orange relatively small and gave more space to the background, so the painting appears larger. When Sherrie mentioned that I painted my objects too big, I suddenly realized that David Leffel told me the same thing. Many years ago I took workshop with David. I was concentrated in painting and suddenly I heard several Chinese words: "Qiang Tai Da"(meaning: Qiang, it is too big). It was David. He knows quite many Chinese words. This time Sherrie pointed out same problem again. I realized that a problem can be so persistent. It is amazing that it takes so many years for me to understand a simple instruction like "too big", even it was in my native language.

Friday, December 11, 2009

"A Yellow Rose of Texas" --- Sold

Although I came to America more than twenty years ago, but I still do not know the culture well enough. I did this painting a couple of days ago and wanted to find a good name for it. I heard the term "yellow rose of Texas", but I did not know exactly what it meant. So I "googled" it. The "Wikipedia" says it is the title of a song. I clicked a video link and listened to it. Actually I heard this tune before, but just didn't know its title. I am learning everyday. Just at that moment, suddenly, my computer crashed. I couldn't get the screen to move. Coincidentally, our company IT person was passing my cube, I stopped him to asked him to check my machine. He stared at my screen and said: "You knew that "Yellow Rose of Texas" is a gentleman's club in Austin, didn't you?" .......Oh! ..........

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

"Enchant in Subtlety"

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At Sherrie's workshop, I only did two paintings. the one I posted previously took me relatively shorter time. However, this one took me almost two days. Remember I was talking about learning from her how to create drama. This one is my experiment. The setup was done completely by Sherrie. When I started to paint, I felt I was powerlessly disarmed. You know I like to use high chroma colors, high contrast value range, and expressive bush works. I had none of those with this project. The color and value of the pot is almost the same as those of the background. The shapes of the arrangement were complicated and irregular. The roses were dying (they withered and died completely on the second day). I almost ran away from it. Well, I am glad I did not. I suffered through. And I started to appreciate the subtlety of the setup. It gives more potential for me to express, and the painting quality will be elevated to the next level. It is so great to see the opportunities. Did I show more "drama" in this one?

Monday, December 7, 2009

"InSight Gallery Celebration"

Sherrie and I in the InSight Gallery
Sherrie scrutinizing my paintings in the show

Last Saturday night, the InSight Gallery has its Celebration Show. I had a great time there, enjoying wonderful images, chatting with old friends and meeting new friends. The high-light for me was that I had Sherrie McGraw looked at my gallery level paintings and listening her critiques. Her comment was enlightening. I started to realize some common issues in my art. She really showed me a new path for improving my work. I think the significance of taking workshops from masters is not mimicking their approaches, but getting your mind in tune with the teacher. Otherwise you would not able to understand what the teacher talking about even you know all the words.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

"Quiet Whispering" --- Sold

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Hello World! I am back. It has been a wonderful break. Now I am recharged and ready to work again. As a matter of fact, I have resumed my busy life several days ago. Three days ago. I went to Fredericksburg, TX again attending a workshop by one of my most admired master artists: Sherrie McGraw. Without seeing her and David Leffel's masterpieces of still life paintings, I can't imagine I paint still life today. I am so excited that I can study with Sherrie again. My posting for today is one of paintings I did at her workshop. Can you see some of Sherrie's influence in it? I have a well defined intention when I attended her workshop: I want to know how she sets up and creates such a dramatic effect in her paintings. Here is what I have learned (I think): CONTRAST. Please contemplate on this word, your painting will be improved dramatically.

Coincidentally, This Sherrie's workshop has been documented by American Artist's Workshop Magazine. I don't know exactly when the article will be out, but you will see it in the near future.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

Tomorrow is the Thanksgiving. At this moment, I am so grateful to all of you who followed my blog, subscribed my painting email, supported my art, and gave me the opportunity to share. May all of you have an exceptionally happy time with your family and friends.

I am sorry I don’t have a painting for you to view today. I am sending this message to let you know that I will take a break and go away for a week. I will spend my Thanksgiving long weekend and several my personal off days to go to a retreat. In contrast to my complicated and fast paced daily routines, I will spend some time in complete silence, contemplating about life, future, and spirituality. There are many things we consider important in life: success, wealth, and good health. However, there is something more important than all those. I am sure you know what I am talking about. So, follow your heart. Follow your faith. Follow your path.

I will be back to my studio on December 3. All the paintings sold during the break time will be shipped after I return.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

"Ikebana in a Cup" --- Sold

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Ikebana is Japanese for "the Tao of flower arrangement". My wife Song is very good at it. Japanese culture emphasizes on the "Tao" of doing things. From drinking tea (chado) to sward fighting (kendo), almost everything has a "Do" of "Tao" to follow. "Tao" is usually translated as "the Way", but I prefer to translate it as "the Art". The state of art is the highest level of doing or performing.

Friday, November 20, 2009

"A Green Thingy" --- Sold

I haven't done any small paintings for a while. So I did one last night. When I started the setup, my mind was completely blank. Our life is so complicated nowadays. We constantly jump from one project to another, which have no relationship what so ever in between. After I shoveled my engineering stuff away and pick up my art thingy, I felt really odd and empty. "You must have an art concept before you paint". That was what I learned and taught. But sometime, I really don't have any idea. I just paint.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

"Old Tea Kettle"

It surely was fun doing portrait for a change. Now I am back to my still life again. I did this one last weekend and it will be shown in the InSight Gallery at Fredericksburg, TX. The holiday season is coming. My eBay store is quite empty. I got a lot of catching up to do.
I got many feed backs on my cynical illustration of the corporation world. Oh boy, I shouldn't have "disturbed the sound of silence." Thank God that my boss has not seen my post. He could have cracked my skull open with that plastic trophy he just received.

Monday, November 16, 2009

"Study with Carolyn Anderson 3"

After I posted my portrait studies with Carolyn Anderson, I have received many great comments and encouragement. I am sorry I can't reply to all of you, but I really appreciate your support. Thank you very very much. This is my final one I did in her class. It is kind of mediocre I wish I could have the luxury of taking her class entirely, but unfortunately, I only stayed in the workshop for two days. I have to rush back to Austin to take care of my engineering job.

In my blog, I hardly mention anything about my daily engineering work. But I want to say something today. The company I worked with has developed very fast in spite of the current economic down-turn. Recently, it has been rewarded as one of the 50 fastest growing companies in Austin. At the ceremony night, I dressed up like a penguin, trying very hard to mingle with other penguins and peacocks. Wine glasses clanking, diamonds shimmering, people talking without speaking, people hearing without listening. I am humbled and mutated into a wallflower, watching the almighty Dollar dance fervently.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

"Study with Carolyn Anderson 2"

This is the second portrait I did at the Carolyn Anderson's workshop. I think I like this one even better. This one is more accurate and solid. It is not as loose as the previous one, but the accuracy is more important. Don't you agree?

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

"Study with Carolyn Anderson 1"

Hello from Fredericksburg, TX. I am here taking Carolyn Anderson's portrait painting workshop. I like her style a lot. This is my first painting I did under her guidance. You have seen I painted many still lifes, but if you ask me what I like to paint the most, I will say portrait and figure. The reason I don't paint much human subjects is that I know it is too risky if I do that completely by myself at my current level. figurative painting has so many pitfalls if doing it incorrectly. Following the right teacher is crucially important. Carolyn is one of the best artists I want to follow. I have not decided if I will sell this painting. I will think about it.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

"Seesaw" --- Sold

Today is our anniversary. I took a half day off. My wife and I went to the Oasis, a beautiful restaurant on the side of Lake Travis at the west of Austin. I feel sooooo good, Man!!! (I try to sound like "Cheech and Chong"). You know what, I feel weird too, man. Today is Wednesday, but I am not at my cubicle typing technical gibberish. It surly feels strange, but it was a wonderful day.
Similar to the previous post, I put linear shapes and dots to give the composition more taste. I hope you like it.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

"Shimmery" --- Sold

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This is a delicious one. I had so much fun painting it. I was working on shape variation. You may have heard "dots, lines, and areas". They are three basic shapes in a design. In most of my paintings I don't have enough "dots" and "lines". So those paintings are kind of plain. In this one, I deliberately placed some branches in the setup. I am glad I did.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

"Happy Halloween"

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I hope all of you are happy today. This is the first Halloween that my son Jonathan does not want to go "trick-or-treating". He wants to show me he is a Man now. Jonathan will be thirteen in December. He is always a sweet kid to me, Oops, I hope he is not reading this. In case you do, Jonathan, I want you to know that mom and I love you very much.

Friday, October 30, 2009

"A Foggy Day" --- Sold

Since I am in the mode of doing high key paintings, why don't I go a little further? This painting does not have much of dark areas. You know I love to use dark value and colors to enhance the contrast. Well this one is the opposite. The value range is rather limited. All colors are very similar in value. The reason I did this is that I got opportunity to have many soft and lost edges. Impressionistic painters did this kind of thing a lot. But some of them went too far, and the forms went away. I want to keep my forms as accurate as possible, but the edges can be as soft as possible.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

"Autumn Colors" --- Sold

Based on my small study posted previously, I did this one. It is slightly larger and it will be showing in the InSight Gallery at Fredericksburg, TX. This is relatively new gallery, but they have wonderful wonderful art showing there. If you happen to in the Fredericksburg area, please check it out. Your time will be well spent. Guaranteed.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

"Colors in October" --- Sold

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Above my head, mercury lights are buzzing out radiation, paled like a dead face. In front of my eyes, computer screens are flickering dazzling color, contentless information. Cubicals form a giant labyrinth, guiding the WiFi passing through. Engineers manipulate the invisible stricture, cranking photons into dollar bills. Caffeine drives the whole industry moving forward and one piece of junk barters multimillion.......This is my world. This is my October....... But sometime, I cheat. This is my painting. This is my October.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

"Full of Emptiness" --- Sold

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I am back to still life painting again, and continuing my study on colors. With this simple white bowl on a piece of white clothe, I tried hard to find opportunities to use as much colors as possible. Man! It was hard. I was wondering if I really see colors or just hallucinating.
After I posted my turp container question. I got so many answers. I really appreciate all of you willing to help me. Now I want to feed back you the best answer I think. I created a new page in my website called "practical tips". Please check: If you have the similar problem, may this tip helps you as well. I will put more tips on this page in the future. I got it from you, so I would like to give it back to you.

Friday, October 23, 2009

"Fort Worth Botanical Garden"

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This one is another plein air I did at Fort Worth. Since my last post, many of you have commented and emailed. Your messages warm my heart. I really appreciate your support. I feel so lucky that I have so many friends "traveling" together with me. Thank you so much. Well today, I want to ask a piratical question to all my plein air painting friends. I am trying to find a sealed container to carry mineral spirit for my plein air trips. So far I have not found one that does not leak. What do you use to hold your turp or mineral spirit without leaking?

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

"Fort Worth Roses" --- Sold

This is another plein air I did at the Fort Worth Botanical Garden. Last Friday evening, I was traveling from Austin to Fort Worth. The traffic was horrible. Bumper to bumper, I was in traffic jams constantly. It took me more than five hours to travel 150 miles. When I was crawling on the high way, I thought about my career as an artist. It has been a rather difficult journey. I ran into limitations all the time. I wish I could paint more, I wish I could study with Richard Schmid and several other high caliper artists. I try to use every minutes I have, and I am in fatigue all the time. The frustration is exactly like the traffic I am in. My car can go 70 m/h easily, but I can only go 20 m/h now. I guess that is life. I should be content that I am still moving, because I am already very very lucky comparing with many others.

Monday, October 19, 2009

"What are you painting?" --- Sold

I went to the Ft. Worth Botanical Garden last weekend and participated in the Camp Fire USA paint-out. I really enjoyed two days plein air painting. This one is my quick draw piece. I have not fully developed my plein air skills yet, but I surely enjoyed this event. I met quite a few very good plein air artists this time and learned a lot. This painting is not bad, I started to have some feeling about plein air paintings. It is good to have a change.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

"Demo at Duncan 2" --- Sold

This is the second demo I did. As a matter of fact, the workshop at Duncan, Oklahoma was my last one for 2009. I did nine this year, and I enjoyed every minutes of them. Teaching is different from painting. I tried hard to make sure my information is tangible. Philosophies are not always need to be esoteric. A teacher's job is making them down-to-earthly understandable. I believe that art can be taught and learned. Knowledge and skills are the wings of your creativity.

Monday, October 12, 2009

"Demo at Duncan 1" --- Sold

I just came back from Duncan, Oklahoma. I enjoyed so much teaching this 3-day workshop. Jolene Forbes was so wonderful organizing this one. Thank you very much. I appreciate so much that the Duncan Art Guild and Jolene for giving me this great opportunity. I want to thank all the Oklahoma artist friends who attended my workshop. I hope you all find my teaching useful, and hope to see you again in the future. This is my first demo at the workshop. Please enjoy.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

"Blue and Gold" --- Sold

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This painting is rather simple. The main purpose I do this study is practicing color harmony. Believe it or not, I put lot cadmium orange into all colors I used for this painting, including the blue. The reason for that was I saw a lot of orange in my light. Does the painting look orange to you? Maybe not, but it definitely in orange harmony for sure.
Tomorrow, I will go to Duncan, Oklahoma to teach a workshop. I will share some of my demo paintings soon.

Friday, October 2, 2009

"Warm Up" --- Sold

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I received many positive comments on my color study. They make me more confidence that I am not "going to far". My today's painting is another example. This time I paid more attention in the casting shadows. Instead of making them very dark, I really examined the colors. I think life is the same way. In some part of our life, we are in darkness. We are long for light, but not always can get it. Why don't we examine more the shadows we are in. It gives us the richest experiences, and we become more mature.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

"White Carnations" --- Sold

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I recently signed up "Facebook" and "Twitter". Be honest to you, I know nothing about them. I know many of you are experts of the social network thingys, so I need help from you. Could someone tell me how to synchronize blog, facebook, and twitter together? I googled, but have not found much help. Someone said using "Notes", well I don't see it on my facebook pages. I googled more and learned "Notes" is a type of "Application". Well I don't see any tab or link of "Applications" on mine. I googled for "facebook tutorials" and got tons of sites and videos, but their facebook seems different from mine. I finally learned there are something called the "NEW" facebook, and I haven't seen much help on the newface yet. ...... I looked at my watch, I gave up. I painted some flowers. Time was much better spent.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

"Smoke House"

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I didn't have to teach last Sunday, so I went out did this plein air painting. Since I painted with Calvin Liang, my attitude toward landscape has changed quite a bit. I know what I am looking for. Well, however, when I actually doing it, I find I get confused again. I know I have to do more until I have some sort of control.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

"Wild Lantern" --- Sold

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Song (my wife) and I had a picnic in a park on Saturday. We haven't done this for a long time. The vegetation in the park is so different from our last visit. One type caught my attention the most. It is a vine full of red and green puffy lanterns on it. They danced happily in the autumn wind. I don't know its name (maybe you can help me), but I brought some of them home and painted this one that night. I am so happy to be an artist. So much beauty around us eagerly want to be painted.

Friday, September 25, 2009

"Color Behind Light" --- Sold

Now I am at the time between workshops, so I am continuing my color study. Similar to the swan painting, I really pay attention to the colors in the shadow. There are so many opportunities there. This painting deviated quite far from my "typical" ones. The view angle, composition, illumination, and color are all different. But I will keep my sanity checked. If you think I am going too far, please raise the flag for me.
Since my last post, I received many comments and emails showing me tips of controlling spams on blog and emails. I really really appreciate it. Now I have changed the settings for the comments. Thank you so much for the help. Isn't the Internet wonderful? I am so grateful that I am in this great artists' community.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

"Demo at Austin 4" --- Sold

My today's post is the second demo I did at the Austin workshop. I have not painted many white roses. So it was a challenge of painting it in front of public. But it turned out all right.
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Recently, I have noticed someone sending spam as comments to my blog. I want to stop these guys of doing it, but I don't know how to ban the inappropriate comments on the blog. If you know how to do it, I appreciate greatly if you can show me how. Thanks.

Monday, September 21, 2009

"Demo at Austin 3" --- Sold

I had another wonderful workshop over the weekend. I want express my sincere thanks to Karen Wilkerson for organizing my workshop the second time in Austin. I met many new friends and happy to see several old friends again. This painting is my first demo at the workshop (the third one in Austin this year). My color sensitivity has been increasing. I am so excited that I am able to put more exciting colors fit into my painting. I want to thank all workshop attendees. I hope those three days have positive influence to your art.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

"Come and Join" --- Sold

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On most Sunday mornings, I teach drawing to a small group at my house. They are absolute beginners, but they have made tremendous progress. Now some members of this group will take my painting workshop at Austin this coming Weekend. Since they never painted before, they requested me to give a pre-workshop class. The paintings of this and the previous post are my demos to them. From my experience of teaching this group, I want encourage those who want to do art but consider themselves having no talent. Art can be learned. You can produce wonderful work if you are on the right track.

Monday, September 14, 2009

"Apple Demo" --- Sold

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In my previous post, I borrowed the term "chromodynamics" from quantum physics to identify the color theory I would like to practically use and share with everybody in my teaching. It will take a while for me to organize all my logic, but in a nutshell, what I tried to say is "the way color moves". These a couple of days I received many comments and emails asking what I really learned from Calvin Liang. I remember he told me: "I really like to paint the scene that more than 60% of it is in shadow". This statement zapped me. I suddenly realized that 90% of my paintings were the opposite. I like the scene that more than 60% of it in light, and put most of the colors in lighted area as well. Calvin directed me to a new way of think. I interpreted his saying meant: "Why don't you put most of the good colors in shadow and see what happens?" This suggestion opened tremendous amount of opportunities for me to be creative. Instead of having one piece of vibrant color doing a solo, I can have many grays and subtle colors to perform a whole symphony together. You know I was not too fond of high key paintings. Now I changed my mind. Well, my today's painting is still belong to my old category, I will talk more about it next time.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

"Graceful Color" --- Sold

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Yes, I made it!!! I have been in a bottleneck stage for a long time. I considered myself a value painter, not a color painter. You may not agree with me because you see many my paintings with vibrant red and oranges. However, my main trick was using the contrast of color vs. non-color. My good color stays in the light area leaving the shadow subdued. This approach worked, but I want progress more. I tried paint white objects several time, but the progress was not significant. After painted with Calvin Liang last Monday. I can't sleep for several nights, and keep thinking about my understanding of color. This time my left brain function dominant. I found that color for art could be theorized much more systematically than the current nebulous and chaotic color models and schemes. What should I call my color study? Hmmm...... How does "Chromodynamics" sound? Scientists use this term describing a study in the subatomic physics. Why can artists use it too? I think my today's painting is quite Chromodynamic. The object doesn't have much of a color, but I arranged the environment with good colors to make the reflection very colorful. I think I started to understand some of the Impressionistic approaches now. How do you like my chromodynamic painting so far?

Thursday, September 10, 2009

New Workshops Announcement

I have just updated my website and put my 2010 workshop schedule on it. If you are interested in knowing my approaches in painting, please contact my workshop organizers and sign up. If you are interested in having me teach at your location, please shoot me an email. I still have a few openings on my calendar. I have two more painting workshops in 2009, but they are all full. However, if you want to know how I manage my art business, I do have a half day workshop about that. It will be held in Austin, TX on October 3, 2009. Please contact Tess Walls at: for details.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

"LBJ Ranch" --- Sold

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I was so excited. I painted plein air with master artist Calvin Liang yesterday. Calvin is a wonderful landscape painter. After attending the reception of his show at the Greenhouse gallery in San Antonio, He is teaching a workshop at the Fredericksbury Artists School. Calvin and I have been friends for many years, but this was the first time we paint together. His way of using colors is incredibly dramatic. We talked about color during the paint-out. He turned on quite a few light bulbs in my head. Lit with Calvin's light, you will see me doing more landscapes later on.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

"Purple Eggs" --- Sold

Now, it is eggplant season I heard. The other day my wife got these cute baby eggplants. I enjoyed so much painting them. The bluish shine on dark purple is so delicious and the ending (what do you call that?) forms such nice irregular shapes making wonderful contrast with the regular round body of the plant. Life should like an egg plant: simple, beautiful, and down to earth.

Friday, September 4, 2009

"Frontyard Beauty" --- Sold

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I am lucky and didn't go to work this morning. So I decided to do a plein air painting in my front yard. This little flower is one of bush blossoms right in front of my house. Different from my still life approach, I didn't have the controlled lighting and the freedom of arranging my objects. That is difficult part of plein air painting, but it really was fine doing it. Texas finally gets a little cooler now. You will see more of my plein air pieces in the near future.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

"Sherrie's Roses"

Sherrie McGraw is one of masters I admire the most. Her paintings keep me inspired all the time. I also believe that one of best ways to learn is by copying master's work. So my today's painting is my "conterfeit" one of Sherri's paintings. I hope she does not mind I am doing so. In scientific world, we believe that if you want excel in your field, you should stand on the shoulder of giants. Without Isaac Newton, and James Maxwell, Albert Einstein would not be possible. However in art world, Many people doing the opposite. "It has been done before" implies we don't need to do it any more. Copy master's work doesn't mean to do an identical print. It is a great research and practice on what was going on in the master's mind. By the way it is also a wonderful alternative of collecting masterpieces.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

"Grape Tango" --- Sold

This is another color scheme works every time. Green and purple go together beautifully. I didn’t use much of saturated colors in this painting, but it makes me excited.

Friday, August 28, 2009

"Pretty and Tall" --- Sold

I changed my background color today. Generally speaking, I prefer dark background so I can have my center of focus have a light show. But I had too many of that. So I sometime do dark center on a lighter background. I have not got a kick of this approach. I feel the painting looks more conventional this way. What do you think? Please talk me into it or out of it. We will see who wins.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

"Stop Rolling" --- Sold

I got this cute little vase the other day. The piece of blue color in the design gives great color contrast to the lemon. You can see that I am still testing color schemes for the center of focus. For yellows I have not get the effects I really want. I will keep trying.