Friday, October 24, 2014

Chalk Creek, Colorado II

I am still very much attached to Colorado after moved away  many years ago.  I love the freshness of the air and the sound of the rushing water at Chalk Creek. This painting is done from the many photo I took.

11 x 14 Oil on gesso board

Friday, September 26, 2014

The winning piece

The 'self Portrait' painting I posted in February won the 1st place in watercolor category in AAIE 50th annual Jury Show early this month. This is a huge lifting experience. I appreciated all the support I have been received.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Chalk Creek, Colorado

The scene is the rushing water of Chalk Creek near Salida in west Colorado.  We lived in Colorado for 12 years. In year 2011 we went back to attend a wedding at Mt. Princeton Hot Spring Resort. The hot spring pools located in the midst of the rushing water.


 oil 11 x 14 on panel

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Floral Study III

At our UUGAS weekly meet, my friend Martha brought a bunch of huge Dahlias for us to paint. I have never seen anything like that, bold and beautiful. This is what I came up with that evening.

UUGAS stands for" Upper Underground Artists ". We are a group of artists meet every week at Martha's attic room creating our own art piece.

6 x 8 oil on panel

Friday, August 29, 2014

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Blue Marlin

This is the last piece of the commission painting. After I finished this painting, I think sometime I'd like to go to Hawaii to watch a live blue marlin. Maybe just watching from the pier because I have a real bad case of sea sickness.

5 x 7 oil on canvas

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Red Crested Cardinal

This is the second piece of the commission painting. I like how the bird come out with the red underground .

5 x 7 oil on canvas

Monday, July 14, 2014

Red Hibiscus

This is the third of the commission painting. The request is to put a red, a pink, a yellow and a white Hibiscus all in one painting. It took me some time to design how to achieve that. I come up with this with a little twist.

5 x 7 oil on canvas

Hawaii Plumeria

This is a commission work request by my friend Frank and Linda. They moved  to Hawaii last year and asked me to do four paintings from several pictures representing Hawaiian subject.This is the first one. 
             5x 7 oil on canvas.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Orange and a red jar

I did this study right after I came back from Qiang's workshop. The orange is from my back yard.

8 x 6 oil on board

Ladies Day


This is my recent painting at Hanna Adler's workshop. I have always admired her figure painting, so I choose to do this multiple figures scene. In the process I had many happy moments and grieves. But in the end it turned out good on my third try.
Watercolor 12 x 16

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Red Apple in a green bowl

The second day of Qiang Huang's workshop, I felt more at ease and did this painting. Karen and I set this up for our setting. I really like this green bowl to go with the apple.

8 x 10 oil on board

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Orange and wine

 My friend Karen Werner and I went to Qiang Huang's 3 -day workshop in March. His workshop is what I have been waiting for and this one was held in Van Nuy, CA.  I was very excited to see him painting in real time.  Karen has explained his teaching style on her blog. I'm just in awe how he much he went thru his thinking for each stroke which looks casual yet energetic.
Karen and I  set this up for our first day painting.

8 x 10 oil on board

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

self portrait

AAIE Feburay meeting features 'artist self portrait'. There were 48 pieces displayed in the meeting. This piece is won the first prize.
 In order to prepare for this show, I ask Hanna Adler, my instructor of her workshop to take photo of me. We went to her backyard and she took pictures of all her students. Among the twenty some pictures we choose one most represent me. This painting is the end product from that photo.

watercolor 8 1/2 x 11

Watchful eyes

May I introduce my cat 'Austin'. He weighs 12 lb.. He loves to eat and catch a bird.

watercolor 7 1/4 x 9 1/2

In Memory of

My uncle passed away last month after a long battle with Myeloma cancer, skin cancer  and diabetic. I have been very close to him since I was small. He is a kind man, full of life and enthusiasm. His nick name is ‘Tiger’ for his ‘can do’ and direct attitude. He has given me many encouragement and support for my art project. I really miss him.

Two weeks after the funeral, my brother-in-law passed away with a heart attack. Our family has mourned for the loss of these two dear family members. I dedicate this painting in memory of them.

watercolor 10" x 13"

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Father and Son

watercolor 8 x 8
Lesson from Hanna Adler workshops

Paint two figure needs to have a consideration; put the focal point on one person. In this case, it is the son. I try to de-emphasize the father with grey out color and lost edges. I cannot remember how many pieces of paper I ruined before I came up with this.

Beach walk

watercolor 8 x 10
Lesson from Hanna Adler's workshop

Still practice on washes and darks. I'm quite happy with my figures, they are relaxed and loose. This is the second try after the class critics.