Monday, February 29, 2016

"Demo at Sedona 2016 2" --- Sold

This is the second demo I did on my Sedona workshop. The setup was typical, but I started to see something new: the game of warm/cool colors. I feel good about this one, but I can't articulate why at this moment. I think I need more time to digest what is going on. and practice a little more to make sure this effect is not accidental. Please be patient with me. I will show you.

Friday, February 26, 2016

"Demo at Sedona 2016 1"

I had a few days that I could not get decent internet connection, so I was not able to post my paintings up to date. After teaching at Scottsdale I went up to Sedona, AZ and did another 3-day workshop. This was my 1st demo. This time I kept the painting monochromatic such that I can emphasize the importance of the drawing and value. Many of my students (especially landscape artists) tend to go to color too quick and without enough awareness of the drawing and value. So this time I force my students doing monochrome on the first day. I feel it is a very good practice.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

"Demo at Scottsdale Artists' School 2016 4" --- Sold

For the 4th demo, I asked everybody: "What do you want me to paint?" The silver is most people wanted. So I formed this composition.

Now the workshop at SAS is over. I will come back here again in the future. SAS is such a wonderful place to learn and teach.

Friday, February 19, 2016

"Demo at Scottsdale Artists' School 2016 3" --- Sold

The third demo. The rose demo. Mid key. Slow down. Concentrate.  Think more, and paint less. Hope you like it. Forgive my broken English.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

"Demo at Scottsdale Artists' School 2016 2" --- Sold

My second demo is showing my approach to paint metal and glass. I like to use dark background and keep the edge of the metal object soft.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

"Demo at Scottsdale Artist School 2016 1" --- Sold

This week, I wear my teacher hat again, and this is my first demo. I have seen some influence from what I have learned last week. I want to thank the Scottsdale Artist School for giving me this opportunity to teach here, Specially I want to thank all the artists for coming to paint with me. I really like the atmosphere of this art school. So many great artists teach here. I am so honored to be here.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

"Xidi Doorway 6"

Now this is the last (No. 5) painting I did on Derek's workshop. I used my own ref. photo this time. You probably have seen my other Xidi doorway paintings before. They were more monochromatic. Now this one is colorful. Do you like it? I am not sure myself. The painting definitely not as rigid as before. I have enjoyed the freedom, which I did not have before. However, do you like the color? let me know please. Thanks.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

"Derek's Trees"

This is my 4th painting on Derek Penix's workshop. It is the best one I did during his class I think. Trees are not my cup of coffee (or tea) for sure. I felt lucky I have run into a few happy accident during painting this one. I like the colors and the harmony. I am glad I did not use much of the green colors in painting the leaves.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

"Derek's Boat"

I did this painting yesterday on Derek's workshop. I started to practice the Impressionistic way of using colors. Since boats have more has more rigid structure, I felt more comfortable than the day before. I have really hard times doing rocks and waves because they don't have a regular structure I can following. It is really a good thing that an artist knows his/her weak points. If you work on improving your weak points, you will progress quickly to reach the next level.

Workshops reminder

The winter is coming to the end. I am looking forward to the beautiful spring time and visiting beautiful places. It will be my first time to teach plein air painting in France and feel so excited about this trip. It will be a great experience. So far we still have a few openings. If you enjoy painting outdoors in France, There is opportunity for you. I will also go to beautiful Southern California in March. We also have a few openings. If you are interested in my teaching, please visit my workshop webpage. I am looking forward to painting together with you.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

"My first seascape"

This is my very first seascape painting. I am not particularly like it, but here it is: a milestone for me.

Monday, February 8, 2016

"A yellow bird" --- Sold

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I felt so great to be a student again. For quite a few years I have not taken any workshops from other artists. I was so busy teaching, and forgot that I have run out of juice. Although I am research and investigate art issue by myself, but that is not enough. Now I am at the Scottsdale Artist School taking a workshop from Derek Penix. I really like Derek's impressionistic approach of colors, and his delicious impasto brush textures. I am so happy learning from him. This is my very first bird painting.  It is not too bad. I start to feel something new.

Monday, February 1, 2016

"Anderson Mill Water Wheel" --- Sold

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I did this small plein air study a week ago. That day my wife Song went the Anderson Mill Garden Club for quilting. I went along but stayed outside and painted this one. The weather is so good in Austin this winter. I have been lucky and been able to paint so many plein air studies.