Thursday, May 25, 2017

"Demo at Fiesole Italy 2017 03" --- Sold

I am so excited coming to Italy teaching my very first workshop in Europe. This is my 3rd plein air painting at Fiesole near Florence. I want to thank Debra and Ivano of Artensity for organizing this workshop and thanks to all artists from Brazil, Germany, Switzerland, and USA for coming and painting with me. I am so impressed by the rich culture here at Florence. This is a new milestone in my art career. I am so happy.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Painting in China 2017 Reminder

Time goes by really fast. I want to remind you that our "Painting in China 2017" will close to its registration deadline. Please don’t miss your opportunity to sign up to join this small band of international explorers and painters on the Plein Air Painting in China tour. My wife Song and I are both originally from Beijing, so you will have bilingual “locals” on the tour with you as well as the bilingual tour guides. 

There are still a few seats available if you would like to join us. 

For more information about the trip including full itinerary, please go to  

The trip includes popular tourist sights such as The Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, The Summer Palace along with  a trip to Shangri-La (Zhongdian) and some lesser known sights with many opportunities to paint along the way. I will provide plein air painting demos and share with you all my painting tips. It should be a fun and informative trip.

Check it out now before it sells out.  

It’s never been easier to travel in China with a guided bilingual tour. 

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

"Demo at Lake Martin 2017 1"

Returned from from San Diego, I stay at home only one day before I started another teaching trip. This stop was Lake Martin near Auburn Alabama. Staying at the side this beautiful lake my fatigue due to heavy traveling was gone just like that. I want to thank Dorothy and George Littleton for organizing this workshop and thanks to all the artists for attending. This is my first demo, which is a plein air piece.

Monday, May 15, 2017

"Small house at Balboa Park"

On the 4th Day of the Plein Air Convention, we have painted at the beautiful Balboa Park. There are so many grand, elegant, and very ornate structures. I have shied away from all of that and picked up a small house near the parking lot. When I painting this one, I turned around and found surprisingly that Jeremy Liping was standing next to me. I was so excited. We talked for a while and he gave me quite a few tips. Thank you, Jeremy.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

"Harbor of San Diego" --- Sold

I have attended the 6th Plein Air Convention in San Diego. I did this plein air painting right out of the Sheraton Hotel at the Harbor Island. Be honest with you, I really didn't know what I was doing. The scene was very busy with zillions of boats. I was in my "just do it" mode and follow completely my intuition. The result was better than I thought. Many artist call themselves intuitive painters. I am not.  But sometime I was in the spot and have no way out. Well, I just do it.

Friday, May 5, 2017

"Demo at Louisville 2017 3" --- Sold

This floral demo was a little crazy. I saw big bouquet of flowers in the studio, and directly moved it to my still life stand with adjusting its arrangement. It was very busy, full of different kinds of flowers. I only selected a few flowers and formed my composition. It was a indoor plein air practice. I did not paint everything in front of me, but selected only a few items which are interesting to me.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

"Demo at Louisville 2017 2" --- Sold

The second demo at Louisville.  A little tighter, warm light and cool shadow. Painting metal is very enjoyable.