Thursday, November 28, 2019
Happy Thanksgiving my artist friends. I feel so grateful to all of you for your support and encouragement to me during this hectic 2019. We have almost reached the end of the year, and I am happy I have made so far not badly. I know sincerely I can not make it without your help and support. Like this demo painting: this small sailboat (my art) is docking in this relatively calm bay, resting, and preparing to sail to the turbulent sea again. Thank you so much.
Tuesday, November 26, 2019
Sunday, November 24, 2019
I taught a "landscape painting from photo" workshop in Huntsville AL recently, and this image shows my first day demo. The workshop was 4 days. I have presented 4 lessons to my students: 1) My landscape painting procedure, 2) Linear perspective and Imaging processing, 3) How to effectively simplify a super busy landscape scene, 4) Using multiple photo references to compose a painting. I found this teaching arrangement was quite effective. I covered the information for both beginning and advanced level students.
This painting was from a photo I took in Guilin China. The painting is still available.
Friday, November 15, 2019
I was completely lost when I entered our "Quick Draw" competition location. The roping contest was going white hot. Cowboys and horses are dashing out in a speed of zillion miles per hour. Am I supposed painting in this kind of situation? you must be kidding. I stood there like a piece of wood for at least 45 min, didn't do anything. Then I used my slowest paces painted this one. I only did a as few as possible strokes on my panel, but I try show there are zillion of people and animals there. Oh boy, life is so oxymoron.
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
I have decided to do this painting with a monochromatic color scheme. I felt this approach is rather suitable to the subject. The monochromatic scheme is not using one color and white. In order to keep the color harmony I need to use quite a few colors. I want to research more into this color scheme.
Tuesday, November 5, 2019
One of those ranch painting days, I found this old tractor in Christoval. It is quite unique; it has a steam engine. I had so much fun painting it. I was told that the owner of this machine found this old clunker abandoned somewhere in Texas wilderness. He disassembled it and shipped all the pieces back to his home in Christoval. He put it back together. Moreover, he made it run again. I myself really admire those handy people who can do almost anything.
This painting is still available
Sunday, November 3, 2019
This is another painting I did on the En Plein Air Texas. It was very windy day. My easel has tipped over a few times. My Gamsol container flipped on my palette and got stuck in my fresh paint... what a mess it was. But I like this painting.