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Traditional Chinese Painting

Posted by | May 7, 2012 | 0 Comments

Love the traditional Chinese landscape painting and the music.

Filed Under: Painting Appreciation

How to Paint Loosely

Posted by | May 5, 2012 | 0 Comments

I like loose painting style with fewer bold brush strokes and bright colors. Not too much details but still close enough to recognize what you are painting.

Lessons learned:

  • Use a fairly large brush so you don’t get carried away with detail.
  • Try to segment the pear/apple in your painting into large planes of separate color.
  • Try to capture the individual value of each plane in correct relationship with the planes next to it. Keep squinting!
  • Make sure every plane is a different color.
  • You may soften edges between planes but do NOT paint large blends.
  • Start with your darkest dark and lightest light.
  • Time yourself, for example, 1o minutes to finish a pear/apple, stop when time’s up!

Below are a few apples painted by some artists with a loose style. I am working towards to their direction. Hopefully in the future my paintings will have a similar style.



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Green Granny Smith Apples

Posted by | May 5, 2012 | 0 Comments

More green apples today. They have nice yellow green and smooth surface. I ate one of them after painting. A little bit sour. πŸ™‚

Speaking of my acrylic painting, I should focus on value and fewer brush strokes.

Filed Under: Acrylics, Fruits, Still Life

My Painting Studio – more still life paintings

Posted by | May 4, 2012 | 0 Comments

I’ve been focusing on still life painting lately. From the paintings I’ve done in the last a couple of weeks, I noticed my improvement. Paint on a regular basis, ideally a painting a day, it is the best way to improve your painting skills. I will try to paint as often as possible. πŸ™‚

Filed Under: Acrylics, Painting Basics

Pears in Acrylic, again

Posted by | May 4, 2012 | 0 Comments

Pear has interesting shape and it’s one artists’ favorite painting subjects. I couldn’t find a good looking pear in a typical shape. That’s what I can get the best at this season. Again, the color is not even close to what it looks. Too green.

Filed Under: Acrylics, Fruits, Still Life

Apple and Pear in Acrylic

Posted by | May 3, 2012 | 0 Comments

This is a still life painting practice after value study last week. I feel like I’ve improved a little bit. The apples looks more tempting! πŸ™‚ The green is till not quite close to the real color. It should be more yellow. Same as the pear. Also, it looks nicer in picture than it is. πŸ™‚

Filed Under: Acrylics, Fruits, Still Life

Value Study – Apples in Acrylic

Posted by | April 26, 2012 | 0 Comments

I am doing value study in apples, mainly in black and white or one color. Value is arguably the most important element in creating believable, dynamic images. If you master the value, you can paint anything in still life. It is so challenging to paint what you see in correct value tones.

Filed Under: Acrylics, Still Life

Poppy and House – Acrylic Painting

Posted by | April 19, 2012 | 0 Comments

After 6 basic acrylic painting lesson, here is our final painting project, based on a photo. It was painting on 12×12 in stretched canvas, ready to hand on the wall. No frame needed, which is very convenient. It is hanging on the wall in my studio. πŸ™‚


Filed Under: Acrylics, Flowers

Narcissus in Acrylic #2

Posted by | April 6, 2012 | 0 Comments

After a few weeks painting, I notice that I’ve improved. Today I made a few changes to the narcissus flower painted two weeks ago. I mainly added some highlights on the leaves and corrected the shapes of petals. Compared to the first version, it looks much realistic. I am very happy with the result. I am more comfortable making changes now. That’s beauty of acrylic painting – you can make changes anytime you want. πŸ™‚


Filed Under: Acrylics

Calla Lily in Acrylic

Posted by | April 5, 2012 | 0 Comments

Calla lily is also one of my favorite flowers. Calla lily originates from South Africa, and is utterly elegant with its simple form outlined in gracious curves. The smooth sweep of the petal-like spathe encloses the columnar stamens, capturing shadows and holding light in the most enticing ways.

I spent more than 3 hours to paint this calla lily. I found it’s hard to paint the smoothness of the petals and the way shadows follow the curving shape.

Filed Under: Acrylics