Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Final 6 - SOLD

by Waterhouse Gallery.

Both this painting and my "sleeping beauty" are not finished yet. I post them out because I don't know when I will finish them. My final is over :) I want to take a short break and then paint something else.

I really enjoyed in apply the different paint application on my painting, even work on a half dried painting. I find more rooms to play with color and express my idea and feeling.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Final 5 - the sleeping beauty

Available at New Masters Gallery.

I tried to push my self more about color on this painting, and I find that the higher key painting will be easier to apply the color on it, the lower key painting will be harder, like my last painting. And also when I focus more on drawing (likeness and value) I will lose the color, it's just like the impressionism painting and realism painting, but I think this is also the nature. So I believe that for an artist, as soon as he find the "balance point" of the drawing and the color, he will established his own style, and the "balance point" will be depend on the artist's "art taste".
Huihan pushed me more on the paint application, you can see a little bit from this painting. I will try more on my next painting. I feel I can get more rooms to do the "fine art" with varied paint applications.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

An old story 2 - SOLD

by New Masters Gallery.

I painted this girl again a few weeks ago, it took me long time to finish it because the moving. I really like this subject, will paint it more after my final subject.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Head drawing

I have not done any drawing for years, I think I need to get used to my drawing tools.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Final 4

Available at New Master Gallery.

Hi, I am back. This was a very busy summer for me. I just moved to my new house, it took me a month to do the remodeling, and the good news is I got a bigger studio, I can imagining that I will produce a lot of great paintings in my new studio :-)

This will be my final semester for my MFA degree, I have followed my teacher Zhaoming Wu for two and half years, and I decided to do a one on one study with another master painter Huihan Liu as my last class, hope I can learn more from him.

I have another good news, New Masters Gallery started to carry my paintings. They put my painting in the window, and sold the first painting in two weeks. So after I finished my final project (nude figure – for sharping my skills) you will see more gallery paintings from my blog.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Summer head study 8

Available at Waterhouse Gallery.

The model agreed me to take a picture, so I post it here with my painting.

Lot of artists knows that the idea and technique are very important for an artist. Here is another element I want to talk a little bit today, I call it - Art taste.

The Art taste for me includes the taste of idea, the taste of technique, the taste of composition etc, and each element includes more sub elements, for example, the taste of composition includes the taste of shape composition, the taste of value composition, the taste of color composition and so on, each of them could be a big topic to talk but I can’t talk too much here.

The Art taste decides the painting style because the artist paint the thing that they think is good; also they pick the technique that they think is good too. It’s important for an artist to have a good Art taste when you choose the idea, the technique, the composition, and the color combination… for you painting.

If you have a good Art taste, then you know how to pick the things to paint when you face to your object. You will know what you need to paint even the thing (shape, value, color or texture) is not exist there; you also know what you don’t need to paint even the thing is just in front of you eyes. This is very important because we are artist not a camera.

How to improve the Art taste? I think it’s more from our life experience. Music, book, design and much more, see more and think more, LEARN FROM THE NATURE.

I don’t know where my seven years old daughter learned from, and she said this to me: Be smart, use your brain! I answered: Ok, I will. I think she was joking to me, but it works here :)

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Summer head study 7

I did this study on Monday and just no time to upload it because I was busy in paint my house. Yes, my house, not my canvas. My wife wanted to find guys to paint it, but I bravely said: (I hope I didn’t say that) “I can do this because I can paint on the canvas so the wall.” Then I spent 3 days to finish this job, no idea needed here but lot of labor.

Today, I want to talk a little bit about my painting philosophy, hope it’s not too boring.

I never talked to anybody before but I find that my painting philosophy is from Chinese philosophy Dao. I don’t want to talk about Dao here, but it dose apply to everything in this world.

When I paint a painting, I will think about the shape (big and small), the value (dark and light), the color temperature (warm and cool), the texture (thin and thick), and the edge (hard and soft). That’s all come from nature, all belong to “Yin and Yang” which is Dao’s theory.

Dao talked about keep the balance of Yin and Yang. A good artist knows how to balance the Yin Yang too. I heard a chef said that add a little salt if you want your food sweeter. Same thing when I paint something, I may need something small if I want to paint something big; I will use dark if I want to show something very light; I may need to use some purple around if I feel my yellow looks not yellow enough; I may need to paint some part just by wash if I want to represent some thick texture. So in a painting, big supports small, small supports big, warm supports cool, cool supports warm and so on… this is nature.

Dao also talked about the nature, and I believe that too. I think my idea should from the nature; my paint technique should follow the nature because everything is from the nature. Two years ago, my friend Qiang Huang visited me when I just restarted paint, and we talked about need the power for our painting and we couldn’t get the answer, but now I think I found the answer – learn from the nature.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Summer head study 1

I am going to do some head studies this summer, here is the first one of them. I changed somethings from what I saw from the model to what I thought and felt, I think the result was better.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Red Coif

The model sat between two windows, the nature lights came from both side. I changed the color temperature on right side to create more interest and the difficult part was the light kept changing from morning to afternoon.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Purple robe

I am working on a few big paintings recently, and I just realized that I have not take care my blog for while already. I find a old painting here - last year's :) hope your like it!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

The Entrance of Rancho San Antonio

Available at Silvana Gallery.

Rancho San Antonio County Park in Cupertino is a great place for hiking, I had been there many times with my family and friends. Today is the first time I did a Plein Air painting there with my artist friends, we enjoyed a beautiful day in the park...

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Here is a painting I started last spring but could not finish it. I find it last night and I am happy I finished it today. Looks like people don’t like my nude figure :( and the nude figure is not my favorite subject either. Hopefully, not more nude figure next year…

Saturday, March 7, 2009

A halfway painting

Not available.
This is an unfinished painting I did last week. I don’t want to continue it now, but I think I should post it here to share my progress.
By the way, left up corner is the photo reference I taped on my canvas.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Friday, February 27, 2009

Head Study 2

I did not paint many black peoples, let me know how do you think about this little piece.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Bird Pond

I am glad that more artist friends joined us for the plein Air today. Especially Bonnie, first time joined us and did a beautiful landscape, hope we can see you more!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

A rainy day

Available at Silvana Gallery.

Thursday is the only day I have time to do Plein Air painting, so I didn’t want to miss the opportunity today even I knew it’s going to rain.

Believe or not, this painting was painted by oil paint plus rainwater :)

Cheer! Kelvin and Alan, we did great job today.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Head study

This is a new picture for the painting, and the color is closer to the original.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009


I did this quick study from Palo Alto art center this afternoon, last time I painted there was one year ago, the challenge for painting there is the lighting is not perfect...

By the way, if you live near south bay of San Francisco, and you know some good locations, please let me know, maybe we can paint some Plein Air together.