Saturday, December 15, 2012

"On a Beijing Street"

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I have established a small painting station in my bedroom. Because there is no ventilation and I can not open the window, I decided to use water mixable colors to minimize the oder. I didn't bring full palette of these kind of colors with me, so I decided to do a monochromatic one. Since I am here in this very old city, I want to try to paint some local landscapes. Houses in old Beijing has a very special courtyard design. They joined together forming many narrow allies (I mean narrow streets, but don't know how to spell). The gate of the courtyard has many different styles implying owner's social status. My painting for today shows one of them. Since color is not a issue here, I want to explore the texture presentation like the brick walls and tiled roofs. I used more knife work and thick paint. I hope soon I will have the freedom of this kind of painting style.


Lori Twiggs said...

As usual, another terrific painting!

Jo Castillo said...

You have a delicate touch even with the knife, just beautiful.

Christine said...

so sorry for your struggle and that of your father..your paintings lately are beautiful in their moodiness...thanks for reminding us to not waste time in our lives or in loving those around us