Archive for Acrylics

Paint Loosely and Freshly

Posted by | June 14, 2012 | 0 Comments

Here are some lessons I learned recently:

  1. Don’t necessarily fill up one big area with one color, even if it is one color. You can make it much more interesting by mixing different versions/value of one color – as long as they are all the correct value.
  2. While you are painting, remember to squint and step back often
  3. Compare values/colors/proportion/etc in one small area with everything in the whole painting
  4. Paint past the edges (past the lines you have drawn in the first place) then reshaping with the color from outside
  5. In still life where a form shadow meets a cast shadow, the edges tend to be soft or lost – two colors on either side of an edge are similar in value
  6. Painting from inside -> outside will keep your paint fresh and easier to control the edge
  7. Highlights, thin stems, thin rims of cups, small dots can be paint last
  8. Focus on the big picture, not details – only paint necessary details
Filed Under: Acrylics, Painting Basics

How to Paint Fast, Loose & Bold

Posted by | June 9, 2012 | 0 Comments

Currently I spent about 3~4 hours on average on each small painting. Many random strokes produce muddy colors. I found another artist (Patti Mollica) who is teaching people on how to paint fast, loose and bold. Wish I could have chance to join her workshop. She covers the following topics which are areas that I need to improve.

  • How to use large brushes for a bolder paint application
  • How to see distinct values
  • How to create a “road map” to assure a successful painting
  • How to translate realistic colors into bolder, more “fauvist” colors
  • How to determine what detail is necessary
  • How to add necessary detail using large brushes for a more gestural effect
  • How to compose your painting: do’s and don’ts
  • How to create space and depth with color temperature
  • How to work with a limited palette
  • How to create colorful greys
  • How to mix vibrant colors
  • How to create soft edges and value transitions
Filed Under: Acrylics, Painting Basics

Student Show 2012

Posted by | June 7, 2012 | 0 Comments

Our local art center hosts an exhibition specially for student artists every year. I submitted two still life paintings – “Lemon and Bell Pepper” and “Grape and Grape Juice”. They are my latest paintings in stretched canvas. With stretched canvas, I don’t have to frame them. I just need to paint the sides of the canvas. To be accepted, I also have to make it ready to be hung on the wall – I bought a picture hanging tool kit from a dollar store at $1.25 and installed it myself.

So excited – this is my first exhibition ever! Today is the grand opening of Student Show. There is a student performance in the opening as well.

Filed Under: Acrylics, Still Life

Avocado in Acrylic

Posted by | June 3, 2012 | 0 Comments

According to Wikipedia, The avocado is a tree native to Central Mexico, classified in the flowering plant family. Avocado or alligator pear also refers to the fruit (botanically a large berry that contains a single seed of the tree.

Alligator pear – The skin of avocado does look like alligator and the shape of avocado looks like a pear!

Anyhow, when I was painting this avocado in half,  I was kind of a little bit more relaxed than I usually am – I mixed the yellow and white,  and painted it on the canvas panel. I also used wet on wet technique in the fruit area. I like the way it turned out – it looks convincing. I think the shadow area needs to be improved but I will leave it for now.

Filed Under: Acrylics, Fruits, Still Life

Grapes and Grape Juice

Posted by | May 31, 2012 | 0 Comments

Glass is an interesting painting subject in still life. Transparency can be seen in the distortion, reflection, background color and shadow. I like the composition of this painting. In this painting, I was also experimenting how the background color impact the overall composition. I left a small corner of pink on the right behind the white plate – the little piece of pink balance the whole picture. A little bit color repetition works well in this painting.

Filed Under: Acrylics, Fruits, Still Life

Lemon and Bell Pepper

Posted by | May 26, 2012 | 0 Comments

This painting is to learn how to paint the reflection on the metal. I chose lemon and yellow bell pepper (again) because of their cheerful colors. I was looking for metal container all over the house and found this stainless steel container in a hidden closet. 🙂


Filed Under: Acrylics, Still Life, Vegetable

Yellow and Orange Bell Pepper

Posted by | May 24, 2012 | 0 Comments

Love the color of bell peppers, especially yellow and orange.  Here is another painting in acrylic.

Filed Under: Acrylics, Fruits, Vegetable

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

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