Wednesday, November 25, 2015

My 2016 Painting Calendar

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you.  Recall all the milestones on my journey, I am extremely humbled and in gratitude to all the support I received. 2015 has close to its end. I am very fortunate that my art is still growing. In summary we I have done this year, I made my painting calendar for the year 2016. Now it is available for you. The price is $10. If you order 5 or more, you will get free shipping. You may preview the painting images and purchase on my calendar 2016 webpage. Please enjoy.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

“Demo at Chesapeake Bay 2015 4"

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Now my workshop teaching in November has ended. I am back in Austin now. This painting was my last demo at Chesapeake. I introduced the way I do metal and glass objects. I have not painted folds in drapes for a while, so I involve it in this painting as well.

Now I am home. It is the time to ponder what is the next. Soon the holiday season starts and the year will end. I ask myself: Have I progressed this year? Have my effort achieved any effects? Do I close to my goal in art yet? In front of those questions, I am humbled significantly.

Monday, November 16, 2015

"Demo at Chesapeake Bay 2015 3" --- Sold

The third demo was floral as usual, but the unusual this time was that I turned off the artificial light and use the pure north light as the light source for the setup. So the general tone of the painting was cool and the color was harmonized to the bluish cool color.

Friday, November 13, 2015

"Demo at Chesapeake Bay 2015 2" --- Sold

This is my second demo. I like this grey colored urn. Many years ago when I studied with David Leffel, I really like the urns and vases he painted. The subtle color changes and textures he painted really moved me. So this time when I see this urn on the prop shelf, I immediately grab it.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

"Demo at Chesapeake Bay 2015 1" --- Sold

I have arrived at Washington DC area a few days ago. My workshop at Chesapeake Fine Art Studio today. I want thank Hai-Ou Ho for organizing and all the artists for coming and painting with me. This is my first demonstration. I really enjoyed painting at this special studio using the super high quality north light. What a luxury this studio has!

Saturday, November 7, 2015

“Demo at Fort Smith 2015 3" --- Sold

I usually paint my still life painting without setting up a theme for it. However this time happens to be one of the artists in the workshop used to have a tobacco business. He brought all the props for this painting. This painting hardly has any high chroma colors. The subtle grey-s (I have to type this way because the computer insisted on this word should be "treys") and rich textures are the major players. It was quite enjoyable doing this one.

Friday, November 6, 2015

"Demo at Fort Smith 2015 2" --- Sold

My flower demo happens on the second day. I have not used this composition often. I used to put flowers on the table or paint flowers only without the vase. This composition is so typical for a floral painting. That maybe the reason I try to avoid it. However, I kind of like it after I did this one.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

“Demo at Fort Smith 2015 1" --- Sold

This is my first time come to the state of Arkansas. This workshop was organized by Fort Smith Regional Art Museum. I want to thank all the artists from all over for attending and painting with me.  This is my first demo. The little red dots on the table are pomegranate seeds.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Workshop Announcement: Nancy Tankersley 2016

Nancy Tankersley is a great figurative painter and a wonderful teacher. Earlier this year, she taught a painting workshop here in Austin TX. All the workshop attending artists were very happy and learned a lot. We are so happy to invite Nancy back to teach another 4-day workshop: "Keeping it Fresh - Painting Figures from Photos" from March 29 to April 1, 2016. Through lecture and painting exercises, Nancy will help the students to select photographs that will make great paintings. She will demonstrate her methods of working with photos to produce a painting that looks as though it were painted from life. This workshop is suitable for all levels.

Please visit: Nancy's workshop webpage to get more information and sign up. I am looking forward to seeing you and learning from the great artist and teacher Nancy Tankersley.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

"Chicago in the rain"

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This is another monochrome color study. My palette was the same I used yesterday. I used the ref photo I took in Chicago earlier of the year. I feel the color scheme is suitable to describe the rainy cityscape. With the monochrome approach, I eliminate the local colors. However, it still has color temperature variation. In this painting, black is my warm color and turquoise blue is my cool. With this mono approach I can effectively control muddy colors and keep the entire painting harmonized. I am considering of doing a few large paintings with this approach.