Friday, December 31, 2010

"Ready to Perform"

This painting will be shown in this gallery

Today is the last day of 2010. At this moment I am so grateful to all of you, my dear artist friends. Thank you so much for your inspiration, your support, and your encouragement. I don't feel lonely because you are with me. I paint regularly because of you. I progress consistently because of you. Everyday, I receive so many feedbacks through my blog, from my Facebook friends, and via emails. I am sorry I did not reply to you individually. However, I read all of them. Your words warm my heart. You keep me going.

2010 is a good year to me. My art has improved significantly. My workshops brought me wonderful opportunities to meet new friends and travel to many places I have not been before. My business in art have become more solid. Of course, there were difficulties. I have learned many lessons. In the coming 2011, I will try harder. I sincerely hope 2011 will be a better year for all of us. I wish all of you the best luck in 2011.

Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 30, 2010


I am continuing on my gallery paintings. This one I was concentrated on presenting the glossy surface of the copper kettle. A specular surface does not have a specific local color. You must consider the influence from the surrounding colors in terms of reflections. No matter how busy the reflections are, the form of the object must be accurate to produce a convincing representation. It was challenging, but it was fun.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Workshops in January

Dear my artist friends,

2011 is around the corner. In January, I will teach two 3-day workshops:

January 7 - 9 at Houston Civic Art Association, Houston, TX
January 28 - 30 at Capital Art Center at S12, Sacramento, CA

At this moment, we still have several openings for both workshops. If you are interested in my approaches of still life painting, please click here and contact my workshop organizers to get information and sign up. I am looking forward to meeting you.

"Onion Study" --- Sold

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These several days, I enjoyed the true daily painting experience. I painted everyday and posted everyday. I wish I could keep my art practice like this, but my crazy life will start again after New Year. I don't think I can keep an controlled life pattern like this. I studied painting onion today emphasizing on the volume contrast. I want to generate the feeling of the mass of the onion body in contrast to the thin peels: heavy vs. light, regular shape vs. irregular shapes, Freshness vs. dryness, live vs. death. Wow!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

"Christmas Star"

My Christmas moment has been solidified into this poinsettia fulfilling my time-to-space transformation. I display this temporal memory eternally with chemicals adhering on fabric. Cadmium and Pthalo sprout organically and bloom into dazzling photons. Time is linear toward infinity, and circle back endlessly. This is my Christmas. This is my celebration.

Friday, December 24, 2010

"Holiday Time" --- Sold

We are back from Arkansas. I did this gallery painting. I need to accumulate a batch of paintings for quite a few shows coming in 2011. It is Christmas Eve today. I want to wish all of you a Merry Christmas at this moment. Different from most of you, I didn't grow up celebrating Christmas. I learned about Santa Clause from my English class when I was 20 years old. I had a few American English teachers when I was in college. I still remembered my first Christmas party. Our English class decorated a classroom. I drew Santa with color chalk on a blackboard. The image was copied from a card given by our teacher. We played Christmas songs with a cassette player. We all spoke in English at the party. It was really exotic I felt. At that time, America was so far away, so foreign, and so mysterious. I didn't know I would go there and had spent a half of my life time there (here to be exact) already. Life is full of surprises, but every moment has its meaning. I am going to keep painting tomorrow, because it is the most celebrating and enjoyable time I can have.

Monday, December 20, 2010

"Arkansas Countryside"

I am in Hot Springs, AK. There are quite a few crystal mines. Song and Jonathan went to digging crystals. I am not really interested in that. So I set up my easel and did a plein air sketch. It was so cold, but I enjoyed what I was doing. Here is what I did. BTW, I sent out quite a few calendars from this small Arkansas town. I am sending this message from a McDonald's.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

"Orange Dance" --- Sold

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This a couple of days, Song and I was so busy shipping and handling the calendars. It took me a while to figure out a systematic way to handle a huge amount of shipping without making mistakes. Song and I spent a lot time in the post office. I still have quite a few calendars have not been sent out yet. I apologize if some of you could not receive the calendar before Christmas. We will do better next year.

I started do more larger paintings now. I plan to join a group show next spring. To a part-time artist like me, it is not practical to do major shows in a gallery, but I will give it try and see how it goes. The painting for today is a small one I did some day this week. I have forgot when exactly I did it. What a crazy life I have!

I am going to do traveling during the holidays. In case I don't have a chance to post again, I would like to wish all of you a Merry Christmas!!!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

"Tea for You" --- Sold

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Last Sunday, a group of my students came and requested me doing a demo on painting draperies. I have not done drapes for a while, but I would like to give a try. So I did this small painting. Do you know what kind of drapery material I like the best? Well, I like to cut a white T-shirt. This material makes the best fold patterns I enjoy.

Monday, December 13, 2010

"Small Red Vase" --- Sold

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I have received overwhelmingly amount of orders of my 2011 calendar. In less than a day, I have exhausted all my inventory. I have placed a back order and hope to receive the new batch in 3 days. So please be patient with me. I will send out your orders as soon as possible. Thank you so much for your interest and support of my art.

I did this small painting after I did the violin painting. I really like the rich red color on the orange through the transparent red glass. I hope you like it too.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

"My 2011 Calendar"

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I have made a desk calendar for 2011 with 12 of my painting images. They are $6.00 each plus $2.50 for shipping. You may check the images I chose and/or purchase by click above link. Please enjoy and have a very happy holiday season.

Friday, December 10, 2010

"Classical Moment"

I owe quite a few my friends violin paintings. Now it is the time to do some. This task was a difficult one. I did this painting with 4 sessions in two days. I still not used to paint in multiple sessions, especially the second day. Every session, I almost had to paint entire painting on top of the previous one, because I can't stand to see dry spots. I start to use a lot of medium on the second day. I think we have discussed before about painting in the second day. I should have used retouch varnish to bring back freshness, but I didn't do that. I just painted over. This painting is very dark. I am in the middle of testing new lights, and I did illuminate my canvas too bright. Oh boy, I had a lot of struggle, but the paintings comes out all right, I think.

Monday, December 6, 2010

"Old Time for Coffee" --- Sold

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I got so many responses for my previous post. Your words warmed my heart. I am sorry I can't write back to all of you, but I really really appreciate your kindness. Thanks a lot.

I did this painting yesterday. I want to paint a still life without round objects in it. I had done so many of them and get a little tired. This old coffee grinder got my interest. I like the subtlety in color and texture in old objects. I didn't do much of composition design this time and did it more like a portrait. I plan to do a large painting with this item in it in the future. This painting is my small scale study.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

"Spirit of a Lotus"

I don't have a painting for you today, but I want to share some thoughts. Yesterday, I had a medical checkup. The doctors put me into sleep. I lost about one hour of my life, but I didn't feel a trace of discontinuity of my consciousness. Has anything happened? I perfectly didn't know. This makes me ponder. Is time real? Is life a delusion? I have no clue.

I had a friend passed away recently in Huntsville, AL, and today is her funeral, probably at this moment I am writing. I am so sorry I can't attend. The last time I saw her was in October. She has been in a coma for 4 years. Life was very hard for her and her family. She was a very dear friend of mine like a mother. I stayed with her when I was a university student. She took care of me in any small details. I remembered she refrigerated my toothbrush every night to prevented gems getting to me. I felt sad when I saw her in a coma. I feel sad she is no longer with me. I ponder more. Is life a delusion? I think I have some clue.

I have this lotus flower bestowed on my friend. I hope our life is like a lotus. We started in a chaotic world like mud. We went through difficult times. but we should always remain conscious, practice and nourish our spirit, and purify our mind, like the lotus grow through water. Until someday, we will make it to the surface, and bloom splendidly with a spectacular beauty.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

"Anderson Mill" --- Traded with an Artist

Anderson Mill is an historical marker not far from where I live. When Calvin Liang was here. He painted at this location twice. It is nice and rustic place. I did this plein air painting a while ago when I have a lot of computer problems. After Thanksgiving, I have been super busy with my engineering job, and haven't got a chance to paint yet. So I post this one for you.

Monday, November 29, 2010

"Dance with Stars" --- Sold

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I did this painting a while ago, but didn't get a chance to post it. I was practicing surface texture of the cabbage and translucency of the tomato. When I was painting this one, Song was watching "Dance with Stars" on TV. So why don't I name the painting the same.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

"Beautiful Sound"

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I used this long weekend and did this gallery level painting. I owe galleries representing me many paintings. I am so behind. I need to generate quite a few and send to them.

I chose to do a high key painting, because it is relatively easy to define the trumpet. It is my first time to paint a trumpet. It has many complicated parts. To me they are just shapes. I think the flowers are lilies. I am bad with names. They are just shapes to me. If you can paint shapes, you can paint anything.

Friday, November 26, 2010

"Sugar Jar" --- Sold

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This painting has almost no cadmium colors in it. It is very special for me because I am so addicted to cadmium red and orange and use them in all my paintings except this one. I want to see if it is possible I still can create a popping effect with cool colors.

I did this painting on the Thanksgiving day. At this holiday time. I want thank all of you for giving me support, and encouragement. I have run into so many difficulties and problems in my art journey. Some many times I want quit. You keep me going. I maybe slow, I may limp, but I move forward, because of you.

Song and I went a friend's home for the Thanksgiving dinner. I met a few new people at the party. I was asked: "What do you do?" As usual, I would answer "I am an engineer" without thinking, because that is my daily job. However, this time, after pondering for a while, I answered: "I am an artist". You know what. It shocked me when I said that. I am so used to identify myself as a technical professional and doing art in my spare time. Now, having claimed "I am an artist" in front of strangers, I realized I have pledged an identity shift officially. My center of balance has been toggled. I felt my commitment into art is serious now. Art is no longer a spare time activity any more. It will be considered a career for me. I will support my family with it soon. I do feel a little sad toward my technical career, though. At an appropriate time, I will tell you how I feel about the corporate culture.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

"Colley Whisson's Visit"

This beautiful painting was done by the internationally well known australian artist Colley Whisson. If you read "International Artist" magazine. You certainly have seen his remarkable work. Currently, he is teaching and touring in US. This a couple of days he visited me in Austin. We had a wonderful time together. I like Colley's art a lot. He paints the light effect so wonderfully. His brushwork is so loose and bold. I don't have to say much. His works have said all. I will have Colley come back to Austin to teach workshop in the future, and I hope at that time, you can join me and learn from him.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

"Turquoise Stripe" --- Sold

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You know I use a lot red and oranges in my paintings. This one is the same. The reason is obvious. Hot color capture viewer's attention easily. However, if I over use it, it starts to get boring. So I have been searching other colors that gives strong impact to people. This painting is one my tests. The color I am testing is turquoise. It is actually the opposite of the orange and red, but its crisp coolness can work as an eye catcher. I will definitely use it more.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

"Camp Fire" --- Sold

This painting was done at the Omni Hotel in Fort Worth, TX. I was there participating the Campfire USA Artists Christmas last Friday. The painting was an donation item. It was very enjoyable doing this. I learned from many of you that the brass object is a tool for containing coal. I have used some much hot colors that my apple and oranges are like hot flames. This is my version of the campfire. I hope many young people will benefit from the creative programs organized by Campfire USA.

Monday, November 15, 2010

"Demo at Melbourne 3"

This is the third demo I did at Melbourne. I was showing how to paint a brass object. I hope you like this one.

There have been quite a few things happening to my art lately, but I haven't got enough time to document them on my blog in time. I am still in the middle of transitioning from PC to Mac. I have got almost everything together now, but I must tell you I really have been struggling in order to get my online activities going. I had a lot of problems with my painting newsletters recently. You probably suffered when you read my painting emails lately. I have tried so many different ways: IPad apps, Google pages, Pages (Word for Mac), Free webpages, IWeb...... Finally I ended up to use a simple text editor and literally generate html codes line-by-line, without using any template. I FTPs it to my website, and send it out from Safari directly. I am very proud of myself doing this because I really hate writing codes. My relationship with computers can be summarized with one phase: "Dance with Wolfs"

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

"Demo at Melbourne 2"

My second demo at Melbourne is shown here. I wish I had more time that I could work on the leaves more. I have been practicing painting leaves a while, but I know I am still not there yet. I remember Richard Schmid said that the the flower is the icing on the cake. The leaves are actually the main part of the painting. Please be patient with me. It is just the matter of time I will be there.

Monday, November 8, 2010

"Demo at Melbourne 1"

I am at the airport of Melbourne FL waiting for my flight back to Austin. The workshop went so well and I really love this small Floridian city. I want to thank Carman Beecher for her great effort of putting this workshop together. I really appreciate Cindy and Bob Michaud for their hospitality. I enjoyed very much meeting the members of Pieces of Eight artist group and other artists attending the workshop. Three days passed quickly, but our friendship will last forever. Thank you all very much.

This workshop marks the ending my teaching of 2010. I have taught 11 workshops nation wide this year. I am so grateful for the opportunities I have be able to travel and meeting so many wonderful artists everywhere. You all have been helping me tremendously in my growth as an artist and a human being.

This is my first demo painting at Melbourne. Please enjoy.

Friday, November 5, 2010

"Harvest Season" --- Sold

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Calvin Liang's second workshop was another successful one, but I didn't get chance to see his last demo. I rushed out to the airport and today I started my workshop teaching at Melbourne, FL. This is a little painting I did last week. Calvin watched me doing this one. We had a wonderful discussion about a lot of things in art. Calvin is on his way back to California tomorrow. I wish him a safe trip back, and thank him for bring his great art to Texas.

Now I am in Melbourne, and finished my first day of teaching. The workshop went very well. Every one is happy. I was expecting to see the space shuttle launch this afternoon, but Nasa has postpone it. What a pity, I missed my chance, but I enjoyed the beautiful scenery here. People are so nice here. I will show you my demos later.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

"Afternoon at Windy Point"

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Calvin Liang's first workshop ended yesterday. It was very successful. The weather was great, the sites was beautiful, and everybody were happy. Today is our only break. The second workshop will start tomorrow morning. I have been very busy this two weeks. I went out early in the morning, set up road signs to make sure workshop artists can find the painting location. After everybody showed up and Calvin started to demo, I turned around and went to work. In the evenings, Calvin and I went different places to eat and chat. We had a lot of fun. Oh! I did got chance to paint. This one I did last Thursday. I have learned a lot from the master.

Recently I have spent a lot time trying to fix my computer problems. I got the newest MacBook Air computer. It is NICE. Now I am in the transition between PC and Mac. There is big learning curve I will go through. I have tried so many ways to generate my painting newsletter. I sincerely apologize that I have shown so many problems on my newsletters lately. I hope I am getting better now. If you see problems and issues, please let me know. It will help everybody. Thanks.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

"Calvin is showing his painting secret"

This is a demo painting did by master artist Calvin Liang.
This and next week, the internationally well known artist Calvin Liang is teaching two 5-days workshops in Austin. He is sharing his magic approaches to plein air painting. I am amazed by his rich organic colors and energetic brush work. We all appreciate this great opportunity to learn from the master. If you admire Calvin's art like I do, I have a good news for you. Due to the last minute cancelation, we still have a couple of openings for his second workshop starting on this Sunday Oct. 31. If you are interested in getting his painting secret, please shoot me an email: I will try my best to get you in.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

"Jessica" 9"x12" oil on board

A very good artist friend of mine was hosting a live drawing/painting session at his home last night. I went there after work and did this portrait sketch. You know I love painting human, but just have not done enough. We had a great model Jessica. I really enjoyed painting her.

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

"We Urn It" --- Sold, First Place Winner, Quick Draw

The last day of the paint out, we had a quick draw competition. I painted this urn. It was my lucky day again. I won the first place of the quick draw competition. I am very happy and humbled. You know what, I think this Urn has a magic power. Three prize winning artists did this urn: John Cook, Dennis Farris, and me. "We urn it!" John said to me after the event. John and Dennis are superb artists. Please google their names if you are not familiar with their works. You will be amazed with what they can do. I am very lucky to be among these greatly accomplished artists.

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Monday, October 18, 2010

"Trial Garden Glory" --- Sold, Second Place Winner

All together, I painted 4 paintings in the Fort Worth Botanic Garden. This was the one I submitted to the competition. I painted this painting in the "Trial Garden" where I found many uncommon plants. I didn't know the name of these flowers, but they are surely beautiful. I tried keeping the painting a sketchy looking without a detailed rendering. I was very honored and excited of winning the second place of the Camp Fire USA Paint Out Competition.

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Saturday, October 16, 2010

"Japanese Garden" --- Traded with an artist friend

I am on the road again. I am at Fort Worth, TX, participating the Camp Fire USA Paint Out. These several days, We are in the beautiful Fort Worth Botanical Garden. This is my first painting. Plein Air is always a challenge to me, but it was fun.

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Calvin Liang workshop openings

You might have known, Song and I organize two plain air painting workshops at Austin, TX for the nationally well known artist Calvin Liang. The first one will be Oct. 25 - 29, and the second one Oct. 31 - Nov. 4. Now we have several openings. If you are interested in attending, please

Email us .

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"Demo at Lake Martin, AL 3" --- Sold

This is another demo I did at my Alabama workshop. I have figured out how to generate HTML newsletters on my iPad. If you subscribe my painting email, you now should see my painting image directly without opening the attachment like you did with my previous email. My computer problem has turned into a good thing. It forces me to learn new things. I like my iPad even more now.

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Monday, October 11, 2010

"Demo at Lake Martin, AL 2" --- Sold

I did my first 5-day workshop at the Beautiful Lake Martin near Alexander City in Central Alabama. I want to thank the Sarah Carlisle Towery Art Colony for organizing this wonderful event. Specially, I want thank Debbie Dowdle for her tremendous effort for putting this workshop together. I really enjoyed meeting all new artist friends there, and hope my teaching has some positive effect on your art. Alabama is a special place for me. I spent seven years as a rocket scientist in Huntsville. Song and I were married there too. You may find a trace of southern accent in my broken English. I felt so excited going back. This is my second demo at the workshop. At this moment, I am still in my computer crisis, but at least, you can see my writing and image together.

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Saturday, October 9, 2010

Posting from my iPad

I have just came back from Alabama last night. My computer has major hardware problems. I have spend almost whole day figuring out how to post without using a computer. iPad is my only tool right now. I have figured out how to import images from digital camera and edit them. I opened a Photobucket account to store images on line, and uploaded an image to my blog directly from Safary. But I could not post text somehow. Now I am trying this new app BlogPress. I think I have got most parts working now. Computers are powerful tools, but they are most unreliable tools. I refuse to be controlled by computers. So many things are in my way trying to stop me from painting. I do not give in.

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Demo at Lake Martin, AL 1 --- Sold

Thursday, September 30, 2010

"Taking Out"

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It is the last day of the month today. This month, I didn’t finish my quota for my on-line galleries. Officially, I am not a daily painter any more. I told myself last night: Qiang, you must paint something right now. So I did. Was it good? I don’t know, but I learned something: Never ever use a clay board for oil painting. I am short in supplies now. Out of desperation, I found some panels I bought who know when. I did this 6”x6” with it. Oh! My goodness, this board was unbelievably absorptive. I literally poured a puddle of linseed oil on the surface, and it disappeared in seconds. Every brush I putted on turned into a dry mark, no matter how juicy my paint was. All my darks lost the darkness very quickly. I lost completely the smoothness of oil painting. Usually my paintings are dry to touch in several days. For this one, it is dry to touch in minutes. I used retouch varnish trying to bring the fresh look back, but it last only a couple of minutes. Oh boy. It was a real struggle….. My life is still in a mess right now, but I remind myself again: Just do it and Never give up.
I am going to Alabama tomorrow. I will let you know how the workshop goes later.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

"Demo at Jacksonville 3" --- Sold

I did three demos at this workshop and this was the last one. I was trying to show what I have learned from Richard Schmid. I left the background rather transparent and paid a lot of attention to the edges. I was rushed a little due to my time constrains. I think this one has a lot of potential.

I am back to Austin now, and had a gear shifting to my engineering work. I may not paint much for a while because I am behind in so many things. Unfortunately, painting will be the first to be sacrificed. My lack of skills of managing business is killing my art at this moment, but I will straighten up everything. My life is a little chaotic, but it will be back to normal soon.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

"Demo at Jacksonville 2" --- Sold

This is my second demo at the workshop. I have never done a watermelon before, and sunflower is relatively new to me as well. But they all just shapes and colors to me. The painting has turned out all right. It looks that the watermelon and the sunflower go together nicely.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

"Demo at Jacksonville 1" --- Sold

I have just completed my three-day workshop at Jacksonville, FL. I really appreciate Eileen Corse for putting this workshop together. The workshop was held at the fabulous Corse gallery. I was so excited to meet many new artist friends and delighted to see some of my old friends too. This is my first demo painting. I had so much fun doing it.

Friday, September 10, 2010

"Quiet Moment" --- Sold

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I am not creative today. This one is my typical composition. In my life, having time and energy to paint is really a luxury. Recently, I felt more and more forces trying to push me away from my art. I paint much less now, and the progress is not in sync with my expectation. I am not in crisis, but I have reached a low point in this relatively new career of mine. I remind myself: Just do it and never give up.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

"Green Energy" --- Sold

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These several days I didn’t paint. I was carried away doing a DIY green energy project. Like most people, I am really for going green, but I have not taken any real action. I still turn on my AC to beat the hot Texas summer, and water my lawn with a sprinkler system. But one incident has forced me to go green.

You probably know I have a small property in the Texas hill country (I posted a painting of a propane tank this spring). I bought it early this year, but I hardly go there. I did have the electricity and water turned on, but I have not used any. I thought it should not cost me much, however, I was deadly wrong. Besides more than $100 turning-on fee, the fee for just keeping the power and water available was $78 per month. After throwing money away for five months, I finally picked up the phone calling the water company to stop the “service”. The lady on the other end nicely talked to me: If I stopped the water now, I couldn’t turn it on again within six months, otherwise I will be charged availability fees for all the months in between…. OK. THANKS. After being mad for a short while, I determined: I WILL DO IT MYSELF. So I started my green energy projects.

My first project was a solar power system. I went on eBay bought 36 solar cells ($60) and made my first solar panel. I bought two golf cart batteries at Costco. I got the charge controller and power inverter on-line. After two weeks fun work, I got the system working yesterday. Last night we had a party. Under the solar powered lights, I played a CD of Beethoven with a solar powered boom box. It was so great.
Sorry about the sidetracking from art, but it was really fun. Next I will do rain water harvesting, and a solar water heater.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

"Peaches, Leaves" --- Sold

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I want to thank all the friends for providing information and tips for my marina assessment question. I will try again.
I am not quite sure what I am doing with my today’s painting. You know I have done a few leaf paintings not long ago. Obviously, I haven’t done enough. There are many issues, but I will keep trying. I will make it some day.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

"Cypress Creek Marina"

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I live near the beautiful Lake Travis at west of Austin. There are so many wonderful spots for painting. However, I have to say that I feel really frustrated here. There are so many marinas, but all of them are private. They are gated and require codes to get in. I have contacted their managements and asked if I can organize group paint-out or do plein air workshops there. I got the answer “no” all the time. I understand their concerns. This marina (Cypress Creek Marina) is only 5 min. drive from my house. It is an ideal place for painting plein air. I have a friend who has a boat docked there. So I got in once with him. Today I went there by myself. I parked my car outside the gate, and walked in from the side of the gate. I did this sketch. At mean time, I was pondering. How can I bring a workshop into this place? If you have a good suggestion, please help me out. Thanks.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

"Let's Drink"

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More high key paintings. Correct me if I am wrong: High key has more opportunities for color, while low key has more opportunities for value.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

"Glass and Apple" --- Sold

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Most of my paintings are low key, because I believe that dark background can effectively enhance the lights on the focal point. Having done the same thing so many times, I want eagerly to see some changes. High key paintings I don’t do quite often, but I want to explore the potential. My today’s painting is relatively high key. I may do several more like this, and let you what I have learned.

Monday, August 23, 2010

"Waiting" --- Sold

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Every time when I take an out of town trip, I always end up quite a few days I can’t paint. My work piles up in my office and lab. I need to catch up to be in sync with what is going on in the company. I have to work more hours to balance out my off days for my trip. When I finally come back to my studio. My mind is in the stage of a complete blank. If there would be no commitment of daily painting, I would have quitted painting a long time ago. I have to force myself to pick up a brush. Just paint something as a warm-up. I always say that you must have an idea before you paint. Well, it is not always true. I am waiting for my art sense to kick in.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

"Toronto Canada"

I am on my way home from my Toronto trip, and currently I am at the Charlotte Airport waiting for my flight back to Austin. Since I have to wait here for 4 hours, why don’t I get on-line and talk to you? I found a cozy spot at the Starbucks, and turned on my laptop. Canada is a beautiful country. The weather was so great these a couple of days. I felt the coolness of early autumn. Two days ago we went a water amusement park. My brother took Jonathan and Ray (J’s cousin) to go on the rides. I am too chicken to join them. However, my camera was busy and captured quite a few nice shots. I am so interested in children’s expressions. I want to share this one with you.

Friday, August 13, 2010

"Niagara Falls Canadian Side"

Hello from Canada. I am in Toronto visiting my brother. On the way from Buffalo to Toronto, we stopped by Niagara Falls. What a spectacular art the Mother Nature can do! I am humbled and speechless in front this great masterpiece.
I am sorry I can’t ship the paintings and filters at this moment. I will send them right away after I return.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

"Beau's Guest House"

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I live in west Austin near a beautiful lake called Lake Travis. On the side of Lake Travis, there is a beautiful place called the Oasis. The Oasis currently is only a restaurant, but it expanding tremendously. There will be a hotel, a gallery, and more stores added in soon. I went there did this plein air last week. The house in the painting belongs to the owner of the Oasis: Beau Theriot. After painting I ran into Beau. He is very nice guy and I will go there and paint again.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

"Double Red" --- Sold

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Recently, I did quite a few experiments: leaves, figurative, and plein air. Well my today’s painting is coming back for my typical still life daily painting. It is like cooking. After tried several new recipes, I’d like to take easy, and come back to my old flavor.