Thursday, March 31, 2011

"Tangerines and Bronze"

I got this bronze thingy in Louisiana on our way back from Florida. Its color and texture are so amazing. In this painting, I really worked on the grays. It was not easy doing this one, and it took me about three days. This painting will be in my April show too.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011


I did this portrait study last night. Heather is a wonderful model. Her facial features are very strong and clear. Heather is not simply a model. She is the grand daughter of the "Jerry" (the founder of Jerry's Artarama) and a successful business woman. I enjoyed doing this portrait. Especially the hair texture. I like the dry brush effects. If you are interested in purchasing this painting, please let me know.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

"A Small Cup" --- Sold

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Nowadays, I do not have enough opportunity to do small paintings. I set up for a larger painting this morning, and did this small one before I start the larger one. I feel my time is getting less and less. I spend most of my time dealing with and learning how to manage my art career. I don't have much experience and education in business management, so I am learning on a trial and error bases. Men! I learned the hard way many times, but I am getting there.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

"Demo at Jacksonville 3" --- Sold

This is my third demo at Jacksonville. It has become a routine now that I allow the workshop artists set up the still life for my last demo. They want to see how I paint specific objects. This is challenge for me because I don’t have control anymore. But we all had fun with this method. I took it easy as much as possible. If I blow it, I simply let it go. This one has turned out all right.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

"Sisters" --- Donated to Japanese "Aid for Bed" Directly Helping by Providing Shelter for theDisplaced

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On March 10, I was packing for my trip to Florida. Because I was in a rush, I pushed a small table and one of the Japanese dolls displayed on it fell off. Knocked on the floor tiles, her head was shattered into pieces. I felt pity about the accident, but didn't think too much and continuing on my rush. Less than 24 hours later I was on my way and stopped by a McDonald’s on I-10 between Pensacola and Tallahassee. I opened my Mac. Oh!! my goodness, I saw that horrible images of Tsunami and Earthquake of Japan. I was frozen by the terrible scenes the devastation, felt the world was ending. I am not really superstitious, but the shadow of my crashed Japanese doll was floating on gloomy images of the tremendous disaster.

I was back to Austin late last night, and felt obligated to do something. I did this painting this morning and hope to do a little help to the people in Japan. Now the Daily Paintworks website has posted a new challenge to all daily painters call "the Help Japan Challenge". I want to submit this painting to this challenge. I hope all my artist friends can join me to donate a painting to raise a help fund. If you are interested in join me, please check "the DPW Help Japan Challenge" for the detailed information. This is one way we artists can help. Thank you.

Friday, March 18, 2011

"Demo at Jacksonville 2" --- Sold

My dreams are going. My paintings are coming. This is my second demo at my workshop.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

"Demo at Jacksonville 1" --- Sold

After my last post, I slept and had a wonderful dream. In my dream, I had driven 17 hours crossed Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and finally ended up at Jacksonville, Florida. I taught a workshop there, and here is my first demo painting. Now my dream is still going. I am not ready to wake up yet.

I want to thank Eileen Corse for organizing my workshop again. Thank you so much my artist friends. Many of you have driven long distance to attend this workshop. I hope what you have learned those three day can have some positive effect on your art.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

"Sugar Bowl Study" --- Sold

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I got this small sugar bowl over the weekend, and decided to do a small study with it. I was so tired when I started, and almost fell in sleep in the middle of the process, but I push myself and got i t d o n e. B y e . z z z z z z ....

Sunday, March 6, 2011


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I try to dramatize the translucent light in this painting. When light goes through the tangerine, I saw the beautiful glow of the orange and red in contrast the dark background. The cool blue color of the pot enhances the warmth of the tangerine. It was so much fun doing this painting and it will be in my show as well.

Friday, March 4, 2011


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It is night. It is dark. but I still have the color, reflecting the light afar.

This painting emphasizes more on light effect, not much on brush work. I planned the light carefully, and made my value distribution consistent.

I will have 3-men show coming up. I have to work really hard and quick to generate enough paintings for the show. This painting will be one of them. This show is a new real challenge to me. With my crazy life, doing solo and group shows is almost impossible. However, I am willing to give it a try.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

"Demo at Magnolia 3" --- Sold

This is my 3rd demo on the workshop. It is a rose painting. Up to the date, I have been doing rose demos for almost all my workshops. I like to paint roses in the bud stage. I don’t quite like to paint roses in full blooming. I like simple things. If you ask me if I have a secret of painting roses, I will say that rose does has an anatomy. You want to consider a rose is like a cylinder. You want to know well how the light shining on this cylinder, where the shadow goes and where the light goes. Make sure your value is correct. Painting roses has no room for overwork. So be careful with every stroke you put on. In addition, the stem and little green things under the rose are very important items. They provide shape and color contrast. So you want include them as much as you can. Now you know how I paint roses. I hope this small tip will bring many beautifully painted roses to the world. Happy painting to all of you.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

"Demo at Magnolia 2" --- Sold

Spring has arrived in Texas. One of the workshop artists brought me this tree branch full of red flowers. So I did this demo painting. Please enjoy.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

"Demo at Magnolia 1" --- Sold

I have just completed another workshop at the beautiful Magnolia, TX. I want to thank Marty Hatcher for hosting my 5th workshop at the wonderful ARLC. Thank you all great artists for attending. I made many new friends, and felt so good seeing quite a few old friends coming back. This painting is my first demo. It is very typical showing my design ideas.