Sunday, December 18, 2011
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Sunday, December 4, 2011
Saturday, November 26, 2011
Saturday, November 12, 2011
Sunday, November 6, 2011
This is the first painting I did after a long trip to Turkey. The trip helped me to refresh my body and mind, and now the trip is over and I feel the strong urge to get back to my painting routine.
This is the familiar hay scene during my travel, and I like the simplicity and space in this painting.
Sunday, October 2, 2011
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Monday, September 5, 2011
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Sunday, August 21, 2011
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Friday, August 5, 2011
Sunday, July 31, 2011
Monday, July 18, 2011
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
It's such an honor that California Art Club has selected these 2 paintings of mine for the "Century of Landscapes" exhibition at the California Historical Society in San Francisco (from 7/14 - 10/15/2011). I am humbled to be able to show my art work with other renowned artists in this exhibition. If you come to San Francisco, hope you can stop by the place for this exhibition.
Sunday, July 10, 2011
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Monday, June 13, 2011
I want to capture the bright sun light shines on the subjects on the table, with flowers in the background. The purpose was to learn the alla prima process of painting many subjects on the big canvas. It's a bit challenge for me and I learned a lot from doing this one. I believe I can do better next time.
Thursday, June 2, 2011
I got this orchid from a good friend of mine a couple weeks ago, and I said to myself why not just paint it. Orchid has its unique shape and structure, and I spent a lot of time modeling the leaves and petals. It's a quite different experience from painting the roses.
Monday, May 30, 2011
Saturday, May 28, 2011
Monday, May 23, 2011
I just finished showing my art work for 3 consecutive weekends in the Silicon Valley Open Studio. It was a great experience to meet with people and talk to people about my art. I am so encouraged by the feedback and praises I got from people who came to see my work. In return, I will work harder and smarter so I can be better and better.
Also, the support I got from my family and friends during the entire event was unforgettable. Many of my "lost" friends came to the show, it's a great feeling knowing that art can be such a powerful tool to connect people.
Now, back to painting!!!
Thursday, May 5, 2011
This cluster of roses are so vibrant and showy, they always attract the most attention from people passing by my house.
This is my second try of painting roses with the impressionistic way. I enjoy it very much. In fact, I will do more rose paintings as this is such a beautiful yet sophisticated subject to paint.
Sunday, May 1, 2011
The roses are blooming in my backyard as summer is near. So I decided to paint the simple beauty with complex structure.
Before I tried several times to paint the rose petals one by one, and none of them were successful. So this time I decided to use the bold brush strokes to simplify the petal folds, as well as to capture the light on the roses more dramatically.
So far, I am satified with the results.
Saturday, April 23, 2011
Thursday, April 14, 2011
I went to the Allied Art in Menlo Park one Saturday morning - it's a hidden paradise in Silicon Valley.
When I painted this picture, I could still feel the warm sun shined on me and smell the sweet scents from the flowers there.
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Friday, April 1, 2011
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Saturday, March 12, 2011
This is my first attempt to paint the familiar neighborhood. The street I live on is quiet and beautiful, kind of the mixture of urban and country life. I think I've found another rich source of ideas to paint from -- my neighborhood.
I found this picture from my friend and decided to give it a try. I was most attracted by the bright sun shining on the wall, and the the warm cypress tree standing next to it. I hope I've captured the moment of warm summer afternoon.
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Saturday, February 26, 2011
I love tangerine, it has the richest orange color among all the fruits, and it tastes great too.
That night I was looking for some ideas for creating an interesting still life setup, and a bag of tangerines lying on my kitchen countertop caught my eyes. And here it comes! Hope you like it.
Friday, February 18, 2011
Saturday, February 5, 2011
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
I went to BayLand to paint this small painting with a crew of people filming me for the Full Spectrum Day (it's the annual event from my department at work, for us to engage with each other, share our thoughts, review what we have accomplished from the past, and look forward to the new year to come). The theme for this year's Full Spectrum is "The Makers". I am so thrilled to be chosen to film the oil painting that I love to make.
So I did this outdoor painting in 1 hour with 6 professionals around me - they managed the light, the sound, the video, etc. They are fantastic with tremendous patience. I will share the video clip with you once it's ready.
Monday, January 24, 2011
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Monday, January 17, 2011
This is a traditional still life setting. I found it quite interesting when I added a few blueberries in the setting as I could use the red and blue colors left from painting the apples and mug for the blueberries (and the tulip).
BTW, I have registered the Silicon Valley Open Studio 2011, and will be showing my paintings to the public in the first and third weekend in May. From now till May, I will be painting more :)
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
This is the painting I did last night with my artist friend. It was her idea of setting up a breakfast scene.
First I thought the setup was OK, but when I started rendering the subjects - a peanut butter jar, some walnuts, a slice of wheat bread and a spread knife on a white plate, I then found the fun and beauty of painting them. It's the same elements of painting any other "exciting" subjects - color, value, composition, edges, and drawing.