Thursday, May 20, 2021

New Zoom Workshop in June: Dynamic Still Lives


I will teach a Zoom workshop about still life painting in June. This workshop will have 2 group meetings, I will share my approaches via presentations and demo. In addition, there will be 1 individual critique for each registered student. I will work with you specifically to address your issues and provide helping tips for your improvement. If you are interested in taking this workshop, please visit: for detailed information and sign up. I am looking forward to meeting you in mid June.

Sunday, May 16, 2021

First Sunset


This is my very first sunset painting. Be honest with you, it was one of the easiest paintings I have ever done. Thursday afternoon was perfect, I decided to catch the last piece of beautiful light en plein air. I arrived at the spot quite early because I know the sunset is very quick I should better be prepared. I did my drawing and value rather quickly, but hold on the color block-in, because the colors will change when the showtime comes. Then I waited, waited, waited a little long .... zzzzz. I got up, walked around, and took many beautiful photos. Then come back the my painting spot, but the sun was still pretty high. Now I have a confession to make: I took out of my phone, find a sunset photo I took from my previous camping trip, and wollah!! Here comes the painting.

Saturday, May 15, 2021

Plein Air Tree Study 051421


We went camping for 3 days at the Lake Somerville State Park. I did a few plein air paintings. You know I seldom do pure nature landscapes, I like to put houses, boats, or other man made items in my painting as the center of focus. This time I was out of luck. This park is full of beautiful trees. So I must paint some of them. This is one of studies.

Friday, May 7, 2021

"Green Roof"


This is my demo painting I did two days ago for my One-Day Zoom Workshop. It was another successful one. The feedbacks from my 3 Zoom workshops so far have approved that using apps to paint is a remarkably effective way to paint. Beginner painters can quickly go through the hurtles of color perception and color mixing. My dream is to make the technique part of painting becomes so clear and easy. Artists will spend most of their time and effort on their designs to express their creativity.

Sunday, May 2, 2021

"Rock and Water Study"


How do you manage your colors to show something looks solid? How do you use color relativity to reveal subtle changes of the local color variation? How do you handle grays to achieve rich and sophisticated color designs? To answer these questions, I did this study.