Friday, July 30, 2010

"Brass Object" --- Sold

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Figurative is temptating, but I will save it for my future days. Now I am back to still life. I love shining stuff. High lights, reflections, and dramatic color changes make the specular objects so amazing to paint. I had this gismo for a long time. I got it from a thrift store. I have painted it a couple of times. But I don’t know what it is, and what it is for. Could someone tell me?

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

"Wow! Cool!" --- Sold

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I felt whimsical. Somehow I want to paint figurative today. As a matter of fact, figurative painting and portraits are my true love in art. However to be successful, they take much longer time. To my crazy life style, figurative is not very practical. Still life is for sure a shortcut. I can put aside issues like anatomy, perspective, proportion, and logistics like hiring models. I would be able to very quickly reach to the artistic part of painting: like value, color, edges and composition. Anyway, I came out of my systematic life today. I did this painting from a photo I took a while ago in a camping trip. This little boy was about two years old. He was so cute. He was so curious about a digital camera. Maybe he will be another engineer… Well, I think it would be better he will be a photographer.

Monday, July 26, 2010

"Gold and Silver"

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I did another large painting over the weekend. The composition is different from I used to do. It has shown more depth and gives more airy effect. The brushwork varies quite a bit from detail descriptions to loose suggestions. The background is highly abstract and vignette. The Richard Schmid influence is very obvious here. It is so interesting to see how the style changes. When we study from someone, our work will show the similarity. I will let the time to determine my style formation. This time I did use retouch varnish when I started the second day. I was really careful to protect the area that was still wet. I think it worked.

Friday, July 23, 2010

"A Red Cup" --- Sold

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After I visited Richard Schmid a month ago. I had been thinking about his approaches a lot. I like the way he uses the transparent wish that gives the painting a spontaneous look. The balance between unfinished seeing-throughs and layered detail depiction, and the contrast of sharp/soft edges really makes his style outstanding. I want to learn this approach and convert it into part of mine. My today’s painting is Schmidish I think. How do you like it? I don’t have much of leaves in the design. I start to working on the white drape. You will see more my drapery studies in the coming days.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

"Intimate Time" --- Sold

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I got more information about using medium and finishing a painting in many days. Thank you so much. I will run some test and figure out which one will be suitable to my case.

I did a small painting yesterday. These peaches are from my backyard. They are really good looking, but do not taste good. So they are perfect still life objects. I continue my leave painting experiments. It gives me more and more interesting compositions.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

"Behind the Branches" --- Sold

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Thank you. So many friends have shared their tips of the second day painting. Most people use retouch varnish and Liquin. I was hesitant of doing so because my lighter paints were still pretty wet (like in the peaches area). Once, I had sprayed retouch varnish on wet paint, and it dissolved the paint. If you have a painting partially wet and partially dry, what do you do? Ah-ha! I think I know: you paint with quick dry paints the first day, and paint with slow dry paints the second day. Am I right? Another question: If you spray retouch varnish, the painting surface gets sticky. Do you paint on sticky surface?

I painted a small painting last night. I was really working on those branches. To get the texture correctly, it surely took me some time.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

"Backyard Harvest"

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Having been painting small daily paintings for a while. Now it is time to do some serious large pieces. I did this 18” x 24” over the weekend. You know I have been concentrating on painting leaves. This one starts to show a real progress. Painting large feels so different from painting small ones, especially the second day. I paint without using any medium. I have started to see issues with this approach. On the second day, my dark colors have dried quite a bit. They looked mat and lose the dark value. The paint surface is so sticky and difficult to get the effect I wanted. If you have experiences of finishing a painting in multiple days, I appreciate if you can share some of your tips.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

"Demo at Wilmington 2" --- Sold

This is my second demo at my Wilmington workshop. I am sorry the photo is a little blurred. My study of leaves starts to pay off. This one did show more mystery and drama.

After several days at the North Carolina beach, I am back to my lab this morning working as an engineer again. You know what, toggling between art and science feels like traveling on a Time Machine. I belong to two completely different worlds, in which people are expecting utterly different things from me...... Oh. I’d better to do my photonic measurement now. My boss will call me for the result very soon. He did not know I have snuck out for a while and taught a workshop. If you know him, please keep the secret, will you?

Monday, July 12, 2010

"Demo at Wilmington 1" --- Sold

I am at the Wilmington airport waiting my flight back to Austin. The workshop was very successful. I want to thank Sandy and Denise for organizing this workshop. Thank you all my new artist friends for attending. This is my first demo, very typical representation of my still life painting. I really enjoyed Wilmington, beautiful beaches, Good weather, quiet and cozy. The airport is small and convenient. I have no problem in travel and parking. People are very nice and friendly. The only issue is that I am always in a rush. I wish I had more time to relax on the beach.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Wilmington, NC

I am in Wilmington, NC now teaching a workshop. The beach is so beautiful here. This is one of my snap shots. I have paintings showing in a local gallery called Fountainside Gallery. They have quite nice art works here.

I will be back to Austin on Monday. All sold paintings will be sent to you after I return.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

"Nameless Greens"

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My obsession on painting leaves continues. I hope you have not got bored because I have been painting one subject matter over and over again. It is crucially important for me to obtain the skill of the leaf painting. Generally speaking, all subjects can be considered abstractly as shapes, value, color, edges, and brushworks. I have been painting and teaching these artistic concepts for a while now. However after having managed the basic foundation of painting, I want to achieve a deeper structural and anatomical understanding of the subjects. It will determine if my art will go to next level. In my today’s painting, I tried to create a textural expression of leaves. I am not there yet, but I am trying.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

"Sweet Touch" --- Sold

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Happy Fourth of July! We had several friends coming over in the afternoon. We made dumplings and then watched the firework together.

Talking about friends, I want to talk about “Facebook” a little. I got many emails requesting to be my friends. Here I want to share a story with you.

One day, when I was traveling in New England, I was in a hotel and wanted to check my Facebook. Somehow I could not get my laptop connected to the Internet, but my IPad was able to pickup the WiFi signal (I think Apple is doing much better than PC nowadays). I knew my ID and password of my Facebook account; however, it was my first time using my IPad to login. Facebook didn’t recognize my IPad and wanted me to answer 10 security questions. The questions were quite interesting. I was giving 10 pictures that my “Facebook friends” posted on my wall: birthday parties, family reunions, and other social gatherings. I was supposed to identify who they were in those pictures with multiple choices answers. I had to get 8 correct answers to get in. Facebook assumes I should recognize who they are because they are my “friends”. Well I couldn’t do it because I accepted quite a few people as my “friends” upon their requests. They want to see my paintings, but I don’t know them in person. I failed the security test miserably. I was locked out from my Facebook account even I knew the password.

I still don’t know “Facebook” enough to use it effectively. I think my blog is best way to watch my art. So please follow my blog or sign up my mailing list. I am always your friend no matter you are in my Facebook or not.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

"Brass Cradle" --- Sold

This is my demo painting at the InSight Gallery last night. About two weeks ago, I got this lovely brass pot at Keene, New Hampshire from an Antique shop, and this is my first time painting it. Because I am doing this painting in front of public, I was a little concerned before I started. I didn’t know how it would turn out. Well, I was relaxed when I saw the result. I guess, I will paint this darned thing more in the future.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

"Moon with Clouds" --- Sold

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Continuing on with my leaf series, I found so many opportunities I haven’t taken before. I am going to explore them one by one to enrich my collection of various light effects showing on canvas. I really worked on edges on this one and used overlapping to create interesting shapes.
I will give a painting demo at the InSight Gallery in Fredericksburg, TX tomorrow starting at 6:00 PM. It is a free event. If you are in the area, you are more than welcome to stop by. I will share my painting approach with you.