Monday, December 30, 2013


watercolor 8 x 10

Lesson from Hanna Adler workshop

Hanna show us several of her landscape painting and point out the design elements of landscape. This is the home assignment.

One two three go

watercolor 8 x 10
lesson from Hanna Adler workshop

This is a lesson on washes using dark colors. I tried to paint the dark background to show the white shirt on the musician. My problem is not being patient enough to let the water and color pigment work its magic and force them to work my way. The result is overworked areas. I had a lot to learn. This is the third try of the same painting.

Friday, December 27, 2013


Watercolor 12 x 16
I took a break from oil painting this summer and attended Hanna Adler's watercolor workshop. It has been several years since I last touched watercolor and I was excited to get back to it. After several lessons on wash and design elements, I finally get to paint a portrait from a photo of my grandson. Hanna's approach emphasis on building shapes with layers of transparent colors, reveal the light and shadow by color temperature. That's a lot to digest and apply the knowledge to real painting. This is my third try for the same painting.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Window Shopping


Oil 8 x 10 on panel
Main street at Leavenworth, WA, a very interesting German town.

Go for the candy

Oil 6x8 on panel
After lunch at Balboa Island, my friend Karen and I walked along the street looking for a shady area and interesting spot to paint. Karen had her eyes on this candy store and across the street is a for lease property; a shady spot and no people in and out, perfect! Within the two hours we been there, there were people, bikes and dogs in front of the store, I can choose whichever scene to paint. Here is what I did.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

The other side

Another plein air to Bobao Island are scheduled in August by AAIE. I painted this scene from last year picture.
Oil 6" x 6" on panel

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Palm Desert Evening

I toned my panel with cadium red and let it dry before I start this scene.  After two hours into the painting I had to stop and enjoy the automatic redish glow it give out. A pleasent surprise.

Oil 8" x 10" on panel

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

An Old Tree

Oil 8" x 10" on panel

The Wizard and I

To celebrate our big birthdays (I won't reveal how old) my daughter invite us to New York city for four days, watch US Tennis Open during the day and broadway show at night. It was great.

Oil 8 " x 10" on panel

Vasquez Rock

I went with my hiking group on a day trip this spring. Our last destination  is Vasquez Rock Nature Park in the high dessert near Agua Dulce Spring, ca. It has spectacular rock and stone formation. I painted this from the picture I took.

oil 8" x 10" on panel

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Pink Poppy

One summer we went to my friend's beach house in Sequim, WA to catch some Dungense crabs and digging clams. While others were hard working digging clams, I discovered this poppy at the back of her house. They are more like roses with multiple layers of pedal, pretty to look at but hard to paint.

Oil on panel 6" x 6"

A Study

I went to the CCAA painting group and did this of a live model. This is my third study in this monthly painting group. I have overcome my anxiety this time and concentrate on drawing, mixing color and painting all in three hours. I have much to learn but I enjoy the session.

Oil on linen 11" x 14"

At the Farmer's Market

Kids are fun to paint. They always had fun wherever they are. This is the Saturday Farmer's Market in Sequim, Washington.

Oil on panel 6" x 8"

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Peach Blossom II

This is the second floral painting study after I received several valuable critiques from my friends on the first 'peach blossom'. I'm beginning to like the smoothness surface of the Richeson panel and painting with wet paint mixed with medium which gives me a lot freedom in moving the paint. This is a good experience.
Oil on 8 x 10 on Richeson panel

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Peach Blossom

Peach trees are blooming in my garden. Looking forward to have a good crop this year.

Oil 8 x 10 on Richeson cradled panel

Waiting at the Ballard Lock

 While I was in Seattle last summer, we visited the Ballard Lock which links between the salt water of Puget Sound to the ship canal and lakes. People are waiting for the water level be adjusted to allow all kinds of boats to pass.

Oil 6 x 8 on Raymar panel

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

A Table for Two

In a sunny January morning me and several art friends had lunch in this resturant in the heart of Pasadina. After lunch we went to the Norton & Simon Art Museum. What a pleasent day.

Oil 6 x 8 on Raymar panel

Autum Color

Oil 8 x 10 on Richeson panel

Friday, January 18, 2013


To continue with my practice on glass jar, I painted this. I love California Naval orange which is in season now. I was in a hurry to finish this painting so I can finish the orange slices too.

5 x 7 oil painting on panel

Red reflection

Watching my artist friend Martha Cowan paints this red glass for her demonstration oil painting at the Associated Artist Association monthly meeting last week, I was inspired by her skill and insight and can't wait to go back and paint. I borrow this glass from her and did this version.

5 x 7 oil painting on panel