Sunday, December 22, 2013

Figure Study 006 - Evening

This is a bigger study from a beautiful model, take me a few times to finish the painting, email me if you are interested.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Figure Study 005 - Pigeon

The emotion of the girl interested me, I have not painted 9 x 12 portrait for a while, please let me know if you are interested in this one.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Figure Study 004 - Jason

Spent two days on this study, the painting is available with other three of my small paintings at Legacy Gallery for "Holiday small works show" , please check it out if you are interested in my small works.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Monday, November 4, 2013

Friday, November 1, 2013

Figure Study 002

Our painting group is running, here is the second painting I did. It is challenging to paint the live model on a big canvas (24"x 30"), but I think I will get use to it. 
Please email me if you are interested in my figure study.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Figure study 001

I feel that over the years I have not spent enough time on my own paintings because of my schedule, and I know that some of my friends and students are very interested in painting with me. I have thought about this for a while and decided to create a small painting group with them since last month.

The group is running well so far, we found a wonderful studio from one of our members, and we have good model for two days every week, everyone feels good so far... I am happy that I can get at least two days to focus on my paintings every week! :)

Here is the first painting I did, and I believe I will be creating more beautiful paintings with the group.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Summer in Tahoe 2

Finally, the painting is finished. 
Hope I get more chance to paint this Fall.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Summer in Tahoe 2 - in progress

I am working on another Tahoe painting, here is the work in progress. I do remember many people asked me to share my painting steps, hope this one help :)

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Comfort Zone 3 - SOLD

Painted a long pose recently, enjoyed to paint the big painting...
By the way, my small painting "Lost in Thought" will be available at Howard/Mandville Gallery

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Head Study - Catherine

Painted this girl with a few artists in my studio last Saturday. It's difficult for me to get time to do an open studio like this, but I think I should do more.  
Please email me if you are interested in this head study.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Head Study - 2013 - 07

A head study I did a couple weeks ago. I found the cool reflect light from the background was pretty interesting.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Small Study - Pier One

San Francisco has most beautiful cityscape, I should paint her more :) Please email me if you are interested in this small study.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Figure - 2013 - 01

This is a figure study I did a week ago, it was a three day pose.
The warm light around her head and arms and natural light from the window on her leg and body created dramatic colors for the skin tone. I like it! Please email me if you are interested in this painting.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Small Painting - Lost in Thought

Kids started summer break, so I didn't paint much last month. 
Here is a small painting I did, my daughter titled it "Lost in Thought". 

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Small Study 05-29-2013 - SOLD

Horses are also  one of my favorite subjects to paint. Please email me if you are interested in this one. 

Monday, May 27, 2013

Small Landscape 05-27-2013 - SOLD

This is a view from Silicon Valley, the place I am living. Please email me if you are interested in this small painting.
I use to paint Plein Air every week with some artist friends, but we stopped a few years ago. I am planning to resume this even because a few of my artist friends are interested, so you may see more of my Plein Air paintings in the future.
If you live around the SF Bay Area, and know some good spots, please feel free to email me, maybe we can paint together.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Small Study 05-25-2013 - SOLD

I find that animals are very interesting to paint. I get more chances to try different subjects when I paint small studies, love it!

Please email me if you are interested in this one.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Small Study 05-23-2013 - SOLD

It was fun to watch other people talk in front of Vermeer's painting :)

Please email me if you are interested in this small study.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Man with Pipe

It was supposed to be a 3 day pose, one day per week, but I finished the painting in the second week with my students. I will not have time to paint on the final day of the seamster.

We can not smoke in the room, but I added the smoke in the painting , does it make the painting any better ?:)

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Rest for a moment

This is a big painting I did recently based on a small study before. Because of my fragmented time, it's took me a couple months to finish. 

I find that demos for my students in Academy of Art has become the main time I touch my brush every week, I have not painted enough these couple years! I will be painting more from now on, even if they're just some small pieces. Although I am more interested in big paintings, I couldn't get continued time for them.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

White shirt

Two day pose. By look at the painting now, I hope she can sit for us one more day.

Monday, April 1, 2013


This is a two day pose demo I did last week. The painting is more finished than one day pose (Alla Prima), and I got a chance to apply all different techniques on the painting, enjoyed! :)

Thursday, March 28, 2013


Here is an in-class demo I did last week, very good model and this is the first time I've painted him.

My daughter joined a class one/select soccer team this season, the highest level soccer team in her age group. They had their first tournament of the season last weekend, and my daughter scored the only goal in the overtime of the championship game, helping her team win the championship. I am so proud of her!!

Sunday, March 17, 2013


I finished another successful 3 day workshop last weekeed. The workshop was in Canton, Mississippi, the southern parts of the United States I have never been.

Thanks to Pat Walker who arranged the workshop, and special thanks to Cindy and Marge for such a wonderful treat, I will treasure the friendship forever.

This is the first domo I did during the workshop, and it's my third time using the limited palette (Ivory Black, Yellow Ochre, Cadmium Red and Titanium White), I feel more comfortable using it now. Copper was a model for the first time, he did a very good job, and he looks very serious  :)

Monday, February 4, 2013

Dr. Tapan (commission painting)

I did a commission painting for handsome marathon runner Dr. Tapan last month, here is the main part of the painting.

Usually I paint the subject that I want to paint, but occasionally painting a commission painting is fine, I enjoyed painting this painting. If you are interested in a commission painting from me, please feel free to contact me. The price is based on my gallery painting price and how difficult the subject is to paint.

I did another Portrait painting Workshop at Sacramento a week ago, it was very successful, I may do another one there next January. I also visited Crocker Art Museum for Norman Rockwell's artwork, I liked it!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

" " - Not for sell

Happy New Year!

I know that I have not updated my blog for a while... I did not paint too much recently, but here is a new one to share, the painting needs a title, please let me know if you have a good one :)

My school will be begin in a couple weeks. I will still be teaching a graduate level portrait painting class this semester. I will do some more demonstrations from models and share them with you here.