Monday, May 30, 2016

"Mountain Labor"

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Last September, a group of artists and I arrived at the top of the Yellow Mountain (China) by cable car. However I have found that the most of supplies for hotels on the top of mountain was carried up manually. The work is very hard. I feel sorry, but that is their way of make a living. I took quite few photos. The painting was done based one of them.

It was a few days struggle to do this painting (no comparison to the person who carried a giant oxygen tank climbing who knows how many steps). Somehow I feel this is my self portrait as well, carrying a heavy load on my journey going up. There is no way back, and there is still a long way to go. Even I don't know if I can make it.

Tomorrow will be the deadline for my 2016 China trip. We still need a few more people to make this trip a "Go". I hope some of you can join us. I am very sure it will be a wonderful trip.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

"Young Artist 2"

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I did a painting called "A Young Artist" many years ago. That boy must be a handsome young man now. Almost at the same location, I shot another photo a couple of weeks ago. Now this artist is doing almost exactly the same thing, innocent with the same concentration. Is the time really exist? I doubt it. If we don't individualize, We have already lived in the Eternity.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

"Red Hair"

Painting figures is really my dream. When I started painting, I immediately went into figurative. Very soon I have realized how difficult it could be. So I took a detour and went into still life painting to strengthen my foundations. You have seen I only occasionally paint head studies and figure practices. So fast, more than a decade has passed. Now I come back to my try love.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

"New Video about China Trip"

I have made another video about our China painting trip last year. This one is about Xidi and Hongcun, the villages we stayed and painted last time. I am looking forward to having another wonderful China trip coming up this September. Time goes by so fast, I want to remind you that the deadline for signing up is May 31. If you are interested in visiting China and do plein air painting there with me, Please visit my China Painting Trip 2016 webpage as soon as possible. The trip is well organized and reasonably priced. You may contact artists who attended previous trips for reference. Please email me, and I will provide the contact information.  To some people this trip can be the one of the life time. Please take action now before it is too late.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Invited Artists' Workshops

Besides I am teaching workshops intensively around the world, I also invited accomplished artists come to Austin. In the near future Hai-Ou Hou and Derek Penix will come and share their artistic expertise. If you are in or near Austin Texas, Please check my invited Artists' Workshops page and sign up.

I believe many of you have participated or plan to attend various plein-air events. Painting quickly and manage the essence of scene is the key for being successful. Hai-Ou's workshop will help you to accelerate your painting speed and keep the paint quality loose and dynamic. If you participate quick-draw or any plein air activities, Her technique will be directly beneficial.

You know I just came back from this year's OPA National Show. Do you know who has won the Best of the show ($30,000)? Yes he is Derek Penix. I am so happy that Derek will come to Austin to teach. He has very special way to manipulate colors and texture to give his painting a bold and energetic expression. He will share his approaches of alternating warm and cool and complementary colors to create a very Impressionistic painting.

I feel I have a mission of bringing high quality art education programs to the central Texas area. I hope you can benefit from those programs and bring your art to a higher level.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

"Demo for OPA National 2016" --- Sold

I did this still life demonstration for the Oil Painters of America 2016 at Dallas. It is a major milestone for my art career. I am so honored to show my art at this highly prestigious art community. Many my audiences are my teachers. I am glad I did OK.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

"Pink Rose Study 02" --- Sold

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Flower painting, I have done quite a bit, but I still see much more room for improvement. I'd like to paint from life as much as possible, but this one I did from a photo. When I in a studying mode, I tend to paint very slowly. The flower does not want to sit still. It grows right in front of me. Some time I paint so slowly that I feel I was chasing the growth of the flower.

I have started an new online activity: selling my art directly from my website. Please check my "Available Paintings" web page. I want to be the gallery owner of my own art. I appreciate all of you to support my new endeavor in this part of art business. If you have any suggestions, please let me know. Thanks.

Monday, May 9, 2016

"Demo at Lancaster 2016 2" --- Sold

For the second demo at Lancaster, I showed painting architectural structure from photograph. This project gave me more chances of using palette knifes. The key to get a good architectural painting is to make sure the perspective is correct. I tried my best to manage the perspective on this one, but it still was not perfect. Well, I have learned.

Friday, May 6, 2016

"Trip to Yellow Mountain" my video

This is my first time post a video on my blog and daily newsletter. This one shows part of our trip to China in September 2015. Yellow Mountain is spectacular place. I took massive amount of photos there. One day I will paint from some of them.

I want to remind you our China trip in this September. I have detailed information on my website. It will be very special opportunity to see, paint, and have a great time in this cultural rich and exotic country. The trip is well organized and very reasonably priced. So far we still have a few openings. Please click Painting in China 2016 to sign up. Thanks.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

"Demo at Lancaster 2016 1" --- Sold

After Williamsport workshop, I drove a few hours in the rain and arrived at Lancaster PA. In the wonderful Amish country, I did two paintings. I want to thank Beth Bathe for putting this one-day art class together, and thanks to all the artists for coming to see how I paint. I like that silver tea pot a lot, I deliberately put the handle to the front to cast a nice shadow across a high light. Dramatic effects can happen any time. We just need to pay attention.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

"My 2017 Workshop Teaching Schedule"

Dear My Artist Friends,

My workshop teaching schedule for the year of 2017 is published now on the my website: Similar to this year of 2016, I will have 22 workshops all over the United States and also 2 international painting trips to Italy and China. If you are interested in my teaching, please find the workshop location convenient to you and contact the corresponding workshop organizer for detailed information and signing up. I am looking forward to sharing my know-how to you.

Establishing more than 20 workshops per year is a time consuming and very tedious job. It is impossible for me alone to make it happen. I want to sincerely thank all the workshop organizers and especially my administrative manager Jane Frederick. There have been massive amount of communication between Jane and organizers to iron out all the details and make them happen. I am so grateful to have so many wonderful people around me. They are the real heroes of making great art and high quality art education available.

Monday, May 2, 2016

"Demo at Williamsport 2016 3" --- Sold

Silver and roses, they are the two my favorite items I love to paint in my still life paintings. I like the contrast of textures. The glossiness of the metal and delicate softness of the flowers make the painting still life exciting.