Wednesday, July 29, 2015

"Demo at Jackson Hole 2015 2"

My workshop at Jackson has ended, and now I am vacationing in the Yellowstone National Park. Since no wifi and cell phone signal inside the park. I have been delaying my painting posting. Last night we stayed just outside of the park, so I got a few hours of online time.

It is the image of my second demo. It is grey, grey, and grey. This one was used to show basic painting process, so I didn't elaborate too much.

Friday, July 24, 2015

“Demo at Jackson Hole 2015 1" --- Sold

My workshop at Jackson Hole WY has started. I want to thank the Art Association of Jackson Hole for organizing this workshop at this super beautiful place. I want to thank Peggy and Gregg Prugh for their hospitality and kindness of providing lodging for me. Thanks to artists from all over for attending this workshop.

This is my first demo. Do you see the three value design in this painting? dark, light, and mid-tone.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

"Demo at Durango 2015 3" --- Sold

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The 3rd demo at Durango was a plein air painting in a rose garden. I showed how I re-organized all the flowers so they could form a composition I wanted, and how important of going slow and not over working. I saw quite many good rose paintings from that day's exercise.

After my Durango I traveled quite a few places. I have visited the Mesa Verde National Park, Telluride, Glenwood Springs, and just arrived at Jackson Hole WY. I was stunned by all the breath taken beauty of all those places.

Friday, July 17, 2015

"Demo at Durango 2015 2" --- Sold

My Durango workshop is mainly a plein air one. We have spent three days outdoors. This is my second Demo. I painted this in one of downtown neighborhoods. It happened being of one of the busy  traffic area. Many local people were curious about what we were doing in the streets. Even the local Newspaper came and reported our class. Durango is a lovely town. I like the culture here. People here are so bohemian, healthy, sporty, down-to-earthy, new-agy. What a wonderful place to live.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

"Demo at Durango 2015 1" --- Sold

Today is the third day of my workshop at Durango. I want to thank the Durango Art Center for organizing this workshop, thanks to Vicki and Will Coe for their hospitality and offering their lovely home for me to stay, and thanks to all artists for attending my class.

This is my first demo on the workshop. I just love the brass lantern. It is from France. I like its design a lot. The cherries are from one of the street. They add wonderful colors for this painting.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

"Vicki's House"

I am in Durango Colorado now staying with my friends Vicki and Will. Yesterday afternoon, I did this plein air painting in front of their house. It is a lovely place. I want to thank Vicki and Will for their hospitality. They make my stay very comfortable.

Monday, July 13, 2015

"A Lonely Rose"

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This is a small 6" x 6" painting I have not done for a long time. Even now I mainly doing large paintings, but it feels good doing small studies once a while.

Recently I put a video page on my website. My son Jonathan edited most of the them. He is pretty good about online stuff. I really appreciate he is helping me out. So please enjoy these videos as a snapshot of my art.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

"Grapes and Roses" --- Sold

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Recently I have been testing of using painting panels from "SourceTek". I like the surface texture. It requires the artist to use more paint, but the resulted painting is much richer.

Monday, July 6, 2015

"Water Lily and Fountain"

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I did this plein air painting this morning. This is a test of using a limited palette: cadmium yellow lemon, alizarin, ultramarine blue, ivory black, and white. It was quite interesting. The limited palette really helped to obtain the color harmony, but it was too cool. I finally put some cadmium red light (the gold fish in the pond) to warm it up.

The painting is cool, and weather is cool as well. It was excellent day today. The temperature was 88 F with a cool breeze. I can't believe it happens in July at Austin, Texas.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

"Tangerines, Onions, and Grapes"

Happy 4th of July to All of You,

After I came back from Indianapolis, I was obsessed of cleaning up my studio. As a matter of fact, I have relocated my studio and office. I thought it would take me only a few hours, but it ended up I have spent almost a week. I did not realize how much junk I have accumulated even I consider myself a mindful and organized person. This is a modern disease. I think most of us live in trash piles and do not sense that. We just manage a small area we can function within a massive amount of trash. In physics, this is called the second law of the thermodynamics.

Now my new studio and office are barely functioning. I know I must paint, before I turn into a professional janitor. This painting started in February, (I didn't realize time goes by so fast). I have painted more grapes yesterday.