Saturday, February 18, 2017

"Plein Air at Saguaro Lake"

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Another plein air painting. I feel this one is not as good as the previous one, but I surely learned a lot. I have realized how much I don't know about painting natural subjects, such as bushes, rocks, waters and so on. I feel more comfortable with objects with regular forms, like apples and oranges, but most of objects I deal with theses week have irregular forms. Give me some time, I will get there.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

"Plein Air at Superstition Mountain"

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I am at Scottsdale taking a workshop from Mark Boedges. Mark is a fabulous landscape painter. I have learned a lot these a couple of days. Yesterday and today we painted at the Superstition Mountain. The scenery is spectacular. I spent about 5 hours on this one.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

I will attend and demo at the PACE17

I'll be at the Plein Air Convention in April in San Diego. If you are thinking of going, make sure to book today and save $400 off the full price - the early bird price expires at midnight tonight (Feb 14). Get your tickets before #PACE17 sells out!  Hope to see you there!!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

"Rose Study 2017 09"

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This is interesting. My mind is telling me: "You thought you know how to do it. Guess what, you don't." That is true. My today's painting didn't come out as I want it to be. In other word, I still do not have a control on my rose paintings yet. I am humbled even more. I will analyze what is going on. At least at this moment, I know, (maybe that is my advise to you as well): DO NOT listen the news when you paint. I will sell this painting cheap.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

“Rose Study 2017 08"

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Red rose is always difficult. So I don't paint this kind very often. It is hard to vary the value to make the red go brighter without losing its vibrancy. Even photographing the red rose painting is difficult. I have a feeling that the digital cameras do not show the variation of red well. I can't tell the difference among pink red, cadmium red, and orange red from the photo. The painting looks a way better than the photo.

Monday, February 6, 2017

"Rose Study 2017 07" --- Sold

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So many artists want to paint looser. I do too. However, before you loos up, you must know how to make a tighter painting work. At least I think so. Painting is no gimmicky, and I don't really consider the significance of being talent, because I don't believe I have one. Painting is hard, but I am willing to bite the bullet.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

"Rose Study 2017 06"

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Observing my previous 5 rose studies, I have seen that the integrity of those flowers gradually fallen apart. I didn't know what has happened, and I didn't even know this is happening until I did this one. Many years have passed, and I did so many roses. However, I suddenly found that there is so much I still do not know in painting this relatively simple subject matter. It makes me humbled even more.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

"Rose Study 2017 05"

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When I did this study the rose was completely back lit. So I was struggling to show the translucent light effect. Using back lit for roses is new for me. I need to across this learning curve.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

"Rose Study 2017 04"

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Yesterday was my mentoring class day. I did this painting. I did struggle a little. You know rose is a subject that does not allow me to over work. So I turned off my art mode and turned on my analytical mode. I took a photo of the painting, and compare it with my ref. photo. The comparison gives me something to try. I feel much better with the result.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Sunday, January 29, 2017

"Rose Study 2017 02"

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Valentine's Day will come soon. I will try my best to provide a few floral paintings to you. I have been painting roses for many years, but still feel there are so many areas I need to improve. This is good opportunity, for both my business and art development. I hope you like my today's painting as well.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Rose study 2017 01 --- Sold

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Recently, I have been pondering my art journey, and find suddenly that I have been running art as a business for a decade. I started selling my paintings as a "daily painter" on eBay. That was January 2007. Ten years have passed. I made some progress. I am so grateful that so many people have been supporting me. Sometimes, I hallucinated that I have got there. I have been trying new things, painted larger paintings, and gradually moved away from my daily painting discipline. I have been not doing my small daily paintings for about two years. I have tried new market for my work, but the result was not that good. Now I want to re-activate my small painting exercises again and use online bidding to sell my paintings again. I did this rose study a few days ago. I hope you like it.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Painting in China 2017

My dear artist friends, I am very excited to announce my 2017 "Painting in China" trip. We plan to meet in Beijing and travel to Yunnan Province. This trip will be two weeks long from September 10 to September 24. You are cordially invited to join me and paint plein air at a few quite exotic places in Southwest China. For detailed information, please visit my website: and click the "China 2017" tab. I am looking forward to meeting you and painting together with you.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

"Demo at Ponte Vedra 2017 4" --- Sold

It has become more routine now that my last day of a 4-day workshop, all students wanted me to do landscape demo. So this was I did at Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. My landscape painting is still in a developing stage. I am walking one step a time.

Monday, January 16, 2017

"Demo at Ponte Vedra 2017 1" --- Sold

I am in Ponte Vedra Beach Florida and just completed a 4-day workshop here. I want to thank the Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach for organizing this workshop, and thanks to all the artists who attended this workshop. I am very happy the turn out of this one. This is my first demo.

Friday, January 13, 2017

"Plein air at Anderson Mill"

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I did this plein air painting as a warmup before my Cedar Park Workshop. To guarantee a high quality for my workshop teaching, I spent quite amount of time to prepare. After the Christmas holidays, I thought I have forgotten how to paint. So I went to Anderson Mill by myself, and did this study.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

"Demo at Cedar Park 2017 4"

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My last demo was a street scene. I showed a few reference photos and let my students decide which scene I should use. This one is from one of my photo I took at Xidi China. It was quite a challenge. There is too much information. I painted abstractly.  It was a new experience for me.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

"Demo at Cedar Park 2017 3"

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Recently, my paintings are so grey. It must be reflecting my current mood. So for the third demo I decided to put in more color. This is what I had.

Monday, January 9, 2017

"Demo at Cedar Park 2017 2"

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It was so cold during my Cedar Park workshop. I did this one from a photo I took when I was at Baton Rouge last December. I tried using the Impressionist way to layout the colors.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

"Demo at Cedar Park 2017 1"

The holiday season has passed, and the year of 2017 has started. After a very short hibernating, I have moved again. My workshop at Austin (Cedar Park to be politically correct) begins today. I want to thank my wife Yuehong Song for putting this workshop together, and thanks to all the artists for attending. This workshop is a pure landscape one. I did this demo en plein air. It was cloudy when I painted. It was a challenge to paint a grey scene in a grey day.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Workshop at Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

I will teach a 4-day workshop at Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida on January 13 - 16. We still have a few openings. Please contact Leigh Rodante at 904-280-0614 x 203 to get more detailed information and sign up.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

"Once Upon the Time"

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This painting project has been a hard one. I have applied a major effort to keep myself painting. I must admit that there is a tremendously powerful force around me, pushing me away from what I like to do, or what I believe is right.  The world around me is keeping on make fun of me, and has pressed me to a corner.  I am trying to fight, but feel lonely and exhausted. I don't know this world any more, but I feel I know myself better. Trying to be normal, to be fit in the main stream, that is my problem. "Walk your own way, ignore what other people say". Easy to say, but difficult to do.  I will do it anyway, stubbornly.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Landscape painting workshop in Italy

Happy Holidays my artist friends, and New Year is just around corner. 2017 will be an exciting year. Besides doing my regular still life paintings, I will be involved in painting and teaching landscape in full swing. We have arranged an exciting 9 days painting and touring trip to Fiesole/Florence, Italy in May 2017. Please visit: for more detailed information and sign up.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

"Demo at San Antonio 2016 2" --- Sold

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This is my second demo on my Coppini Workshop. I have spent quite a long time to model that brass candle holder.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

"Demo at San Antonio 2016 1"

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My last workshop of the year was at Coppini Academy of Fine Arts in San Antonio Texas. I want to Thank Tony Pro and Andrew Van Degoede for organizing this workshop, and thanks to all the Texas artists for attending. This is my first demo and this painting is still available.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

"Demo at Baton Rouge 2016 3" --- Sold

This is my last demo, which is high key with roses. High key gives more opportunity for using colors.  However, I personally still like low key better. Low key painting show more mystery with light.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

"Demo at Baton Rouge 2016 2" --- Sold

My second demo is about painting metal and glass, but I really like the orange peel given an unique form.