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Van Gogh – In His Own Words

Posted by | May 21, 2012 | 0 Comments

If you hear a voice within you say “you cannot paint”, then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.

Filed Under: Painting Appreciation

Lost Edge, Shade Color and Framing

Posted by | May 21, 2012 | 0 Comments

Today I was checking a few paintings that I painted last month and realized that I can improve them. I changed some shading colors, soften the edge and adjust values in certain areas. They look better after all the adjustment. I’ve been improving and I am happy with that.

Currently I mainly paint on canvas panels. I have been thinking how to frame my paintings nicely and economically. Those canvas panels actually can be fit into regular photo frames nicely. Below are some of my paintings in frames.


Filed Under: Painting Basics

Egg & Egg Plant in Acrylic

Posted by | May 20, 2012 | 0 Comments

I normally have one egg in my breakfast every day. What’s the relationship between egg and egg plant? They must be relatives. 🙂 Look at this painting!

Filed Under: Acrylics, Still Life, Vegetable

Yellow Bell Pepper in Acrylic

Posted by | May 19, 2012 | 0 Comments

Different colors of Bell Peppers are my favorite vegetables. They are nutritious and tasty. I think I am going to paint Bell Pepper series.

As a form of artistic exploration and discipline, I am challenging myself – Starting from today, I will start my journey of one small painting a day. 🙂

There was a weekly painting challenge in DPW – The Yellow Challenge. I like color yellow since it’s the color of sunshine. It’s energetic and cheerful. This is the first time I participate in the DPW challenge. People in DPW are mostly professional artists.  I am here to learn from others.

Yellow Bell Pepper

It was painted in acrylic on a 5×7” canvas panel.
If you are interested, the painting is $25. Click “Buy Now” to purchase.



Filed Under: Acrylics, Still Life, Vegetable

How to See a True Color When Painting

Posted by | May 18, 2012 | 0 Comments

As per Mr. Kevin Macpherson in his book, Fill Your Oil Painting with Light and Color:

The best way to see true color is with a color isolator, holding it about six inches from your eyes, close one eye and position the hole so that you can see the color of the subject area you are judging. This isolator is a small piece of color that you no longer see a thing but only a specific color note. When looking through the color isolator, do it fast. Trust your first quick impression. The color isolator will help you visualize without preconceptions.

Filed Under: Painting Basics

Painting Basics to Learn

Posted by | May 18, 2012 | 0 Comments

I’ve seen an intensive painting basic skills building class that offers the following training. I wish I could join such an class. Unfortunately I haven’t found a class like this in my area.

  • efficient lay out of palette and workspace
  • composition and design considerations
  • tips for accurate drawing
  • effective colour mixing of both neutral and saturated colour (with key ideas about how to achieve exactly the colour you are looking for)
  • the importance of being able to see relatively in terms of both colour and value, and how to use this as an invaluable tool to create paintings that breathe with authenticity
  • effective paint handling and brushwork (applying focused, deliberate marks on the canvas rather than a random “figure it out as I go” approach).
Filed Under: Painting Basics

Apple and Banana – Acrylic

Posted by | May 15, 2012 | 0 Comments

Apple and Bananas again. This time it’s a painting from life, not using a photo and painting as a reference. I like the colors and composition.


Filed Under: Acrylics, Fruits

Value and Value Composition

Posted by | May 11, 2012 | 0 Comments

Below are a list of tips I learned from one of my favorite artists, Carol Marine.

In order to be accurate with value you must constantly compare every value with every other value in your subject, rather than just values that are very near each other.

Try to simplify the values into big shapes in your head so they’re easier to deal with.

Work from life (because cameras skew value a lot) and before you begin ask yourself: What is my darkest value? What is my lightest value? Where do the others fall on the value scale? How do all the values relate to each other?

If you look through your viewfinder at your subject and find you have no contrast to speak of, or two values are very equal in amount, try changing something: a different background color (actually change out the paper or cloth you are using); the angle of the light; the objects themselves; the number of objects; crop in closer or further away; etc.

Filed Under: Painting Basics

Loquats in Acylic

Posted by | May 10, 2012 | 0 Comments

Have you even had loquat? It is one of popular fruits in southern China. A little bit sour and sweet and nice yellow color.

Filed Under: Acrylics, Fruits, Still Life

Tomatoes in Acrylic

Posted by | May 9, 2012 | 0 Comments

Tomato is one of my favorite fruits. I planted quite a few tomatoes in my garden last year and they taste sweet and fresh. I am planning to plant more this year.

Filed Under: Acrylics, Fruits, Still Life