Monday, June 7, 2021

Workshop Reminder: June 25 at Salt Lake City


Life gradually moves back to normal. I am preparing to travel again. My first in-person workshop will be in Salt Lake City on June 25. This workshop is almost full, but it might still have a couple of openings. If you are interested to learn how I paint, please visit: Workshop SLC to sign up. I am looking forward to meeting you in-person. Good luck.

Saturday, June 5, 2021

Snow in Texas


Can you believe I never painted snow before. That is true. Well, not any more. I painted this one after I returned from my plein air camping trip. This was our neighborhood during the deep freeze in February. I did this for a color study. I need to finish the 4th session of my online color teaching: "Color in the real world".  To my surprise, snowscape is one of the simplest color situations in representational painting. The reason is very simple. Snow does not have much of local color because it is white. It may not have too much influence of environmental color either because its size. Therefore, the dominant color contribution is the light source colors. In a sunny day like this one, the dual light source situation is obvious. For sure you have warmer light and cooler shadow. You know why. So if you want to understand color temperature, paint snow first before you paint other landscapes. It took me quite a few years to figure this out. Duh....

Friday, June 4, 2021

San Angelo Water Lilies

Painting plein air at the International Waterlily Garden at San Angelo with my friend Kyle Ma. 

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Blooming Cactus


I went camping again. The location was San Angelo State Park. The cactus were blooming. It is not surprising seeing cactus of course, I have been living in Texas for more than twenty years. However, it is my first time seeing so many of them, and they are blooming so beautifully. I don't think this plein air painting capture that beauty, but I have tried.