Wednesday, May 23, 2018

"Demo in Tuscany 2018 1 - 2"

After my workshop in Paris, I did another one in Tuscany Italy. The scenery in Tuscany is absolutely beautiful. These are two demo paintings I did in the first day.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

"Demo in Paris 2018 1 - 3"

I have arrived at Paris a few days. Today is the third day of my Paris workshop. Here are the 3 demo I have done so far. The group of painters I have is very international. We have artists coming from France, Australia, Israel, Swaziland, The Netherlands, and United States. I want to thank Philip Levine for organizing this wonderful workshop. My wife and I have enjoyed Paris very much.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

"Demo at Scottsdale 2018"

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This is my 4th time teaching at Scottsdale Artists' School. I had relative large class of 17 people. This first demo is as usual: simple objects, bright center of focus in contrast with dark background.

Monday, April 16, 2018

"Demo at Ponte Vedra Beach 2018 4" --- Sold

Putting figures into a landscape painting is exciting, but I have not done this much. This demo painting was done with a photo I took a couple of years ago in Xidi China. I thought I might not have enough time to finish, but it turned out all right. I may do more paintings like this in the future.

Monday, April 9, 2018

"Demo at Ponte Vedra Beach 2018 3" --- Sold

The perspective of this canoe is rather challenge, but I have really enjoyed the graceful curves.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

"Demo at Ponte Vedra Beach 2018 2" --- Sold

I love to paint buildings, you know that. This is a black smith's shop in Louisiana. I took a photo, and did this painting reference to the photo. I feel the color scheme for this painting maybe too cool.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

"Still Life Workshop at Austin"

I would like to announce my painting workshops in Austin for 2018. I will teach a 4-day still life workshop on June 20 - 23, and a landscape workshop on November 10 - 12. I have just created a webpage for the June Still Life Workshop. Please check the info and sign up.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

"Demo at Ponte Vedra Beach 2018 1" -- Sold

This is another palm tree demo. I did this at Ponte Vedra Beach Florida.

Thanks to so many friends responded to my last post. I understand there are issues we should not openly talk about, but have we noticed those issues are all important issues. Well, let paint more palm trees. because all those trees are supporting each other and forms a beautiful scene, and it helps us to make a beautiful painting.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

"Demo at Ft Lauderdale 2018 3" --- Sold

When I was at Ft Lauderdale, it was just after the Parkland high school shooting. It was about 20 mi away from where I teach. I just simply can not understand that the current US government does not do anything on gun control. I thought we live in a civilized country. We have long passed the barbaric time that everybody have to bear arms to protect themselves. It was shocking that the government considers giving teacher guns is a good idea to make school safer. It is so sad to see Washington is not willing to do anything on gun control to protect its own citizens, especially children. The problem is the guns themselves, people can get crazy by zillions of ways. If they can not get the mass destructive weapons, the damage can be a way less. Why common sense is so difficult to grab for our "leaders"?

Sunday, March 25, 2018

"Demo at Ft Lauderdale 2018 2" --- Sold

I painted this demo from a photo I took at Xidi China. The photo showed a very busy scene, I simplified it significantly. The painting has demonstrated a good play of opacity vs transparency. The brushwork has shown a good spontaneity. The color needs some work. It is over simplified.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

"Demo at Ft Lauderdale 2018 1" --- Sold

In February, I taught two landscape workshops. Compared with my still life painting, my landscapes still need more development. I am learning while I am teaching. It is a little scary experimenting in front of students. Well, sometime, there is not much choice.

Monday, March 19, 2018

"Demo at Lindale 2018 3" --- Sold

I feel I am slowing down quite a bit in everything. I am still posting paintings I did two months ago. In this modern life, we are much busier than ever before. Everything is getting more and more complicated. We are more and more controlled by the digital technology. I really long for the good old days.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

"Egg Plants and Turnip"

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I did a small daily painting yesterday. Life is cyclic. My art career started with doing small paintings daily. Then I have tried all other directions. Now, I am coming back to it. I feel the most tangible way to run your own art business is still selling small paintings on the internet. Life gets more complicated, painting time is harder to come by. Very few artists can survive if they do not have a rich family. So down to earth, and face the reality. As a beginner artist, do small,  and learn a lot.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Where is Paris?

I want to tell you a funny story. I am preparing for my trip to Europe, and I want to check where we will go. It happens to be the day that I had a major internet failure in my house. I was not able to check Google maps online. My wife is am AAA member. Just like the good old days, she went and got me a paper map of France from the local AAA office. I spread it wide open in front of me and try to find Paris.  I searched and searched on this giant map for a long time, but lo and behold, I just simply CAN'T FIND PARIS, the capital of France... I gave up, felt so embarrassed . In the evening I had dinner with a couple of my friends. I asked one of them this stupid question: Where is Paris? He showed me on his phone. Yes, I saw it. Paris is in upper middle of France. After I got home, I went to my map of France again. You know what I still CAN NOT find it!!! .... I was so confused. ... Suddenly, I realized what is going on. Here is my answer:

Where is Paris? .... IT IS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MAP.

No matter how stupid I am, I still paint and willing to share. If you are interested to see how I paint, please join us in Paris and Tuscany. We still have a few openings. Please check my website to sign up.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

"Demo at Lindale 2018 1" --- Sold

This is my first demo at Lindale workshop. Dark bottles and some fruit. I really don't know what kind of fruit at the front is. I don't think it does not matter. They are for the taste of the eyes. They manipulate the light the fruit way.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

"Demo at Lindale 2018 4" --- Sold

My true love in art is painting portrait and figures. All of my still life learning has been aimed toward to paint human well. I was teaching a workshop at Lindale Texas last month, and I did this demo at the last day of the workshop. We had a great model Megan. It was so wonderful painting this study.

Monday, February 26, 2018

"Demo at Sacramento 2018 3"

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Nowadays, I sync all my social media together, and I have reached another milestone. I have found recently that the number of followers on my Instagram account has passed 50,000. Thanks to all the friends who like my art.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

" Sunflower Study 021018"

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I did another small sunflower painting. It happened that my son Jonathan was home. He made a time-lapse video for me. I have upload this video on Youtube. Please click: Sunflower time-lapse to watch.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

"Demo at Sacramento 2018 1"

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Finally, I start to post my 2018 workshop demo images. I have done two workshop teaching so far for the year. This one is my first demo in Sacramento CA.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

"Sunflower Study 020618"

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February is the time I paint a few individual flowers. I hope I can progress a little every year.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Ponte Vedra Palms

This winter is cold, very cold. In addition, according to Phil the Groundhog, we will have 6 more weeks of this cold winter. Well my fellow artist friends, should we go to Florida?  Paint a few palm trees and practice your understanding may be a warm idea.

In February, I will teach two landscape painting workshops: Ft. Lauderdale (2/20-22) and Ponte Vedra Beach (2/24-27). So far we still have a few openings at Ponte Vedra Beach. Please visit: Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach for detailed info and sign up.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

"China Trip 2018"

I am very excited to announce our "Painting in China 2018" trip is ready for registration. From September 6 to 21, we will spend 16 days together in China. We will climb the Great Wall, and visit the Forbidden City in Beijing, see the Terra-Cotta Warriors in Xian, play with the adorable giant pandas in Sichuan Provence, and the most special, we will visit the mysterious and legendary land of Tibet. During the trip, we will have 6 painting events. I will share my oil painting approaches.You may get the general information about this trip on my website:, and send your request by email: We will provide detail information about registration and preparation for the trip, and answering all the questions you have. This is a very special program. Please join us.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

“Demo at Ada 2017 3" --- Sold

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My still life, especially floral, paintings get looser and looser. I have been enjoying the freedom, and the musical impression of the 2D paint distribution. I hope this flow of color does not get too sloppy. I thought I still have the balance between representational and abstract. I maybe wrong.

Friday, January 26, 2018

"Demo at Ada 2017 2"

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I really enjoy using dark background for my still life paintings. It is so effective to enhance the light effect at the center of focus. Still life is relatively easy to paint. However, to make a still life painting interesting is not that easy. I try all the tricks to push the envelope.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

"Demo at Ada 2017 1" --- Sold

My last workshop of 2017 was at Ada Oklahoma. This is my first demo. recently, I really like to combine turquoise colors with the warm red and orange colors.

Friday, January 19, 2018

"Demo at Nashville 2017 3" --- Sold

This is my last demo at Nashville last November. It was very enjoyable of having this delicious color play. Still life is more a design process rather than a realistic rendering. We have much more freedom than we think we have.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

"Carnation Study 011618" --- Sold

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I have painted many roses and sunflowers, and feel relatively comfortable painting them. However, I have not studied thoroughly other kinds of flowers. My general impression about carnations is a colorful whole bunch of mess. I never examined the anatomic structure of this flower. I did a close study of a pink carnation. My brush work was a little restricted and the painting looks mechanical, but is a good start. I need to do more to develop the skills.

Monday, January 15, 2018

"Workshop reminder: Lindale Texas"

My 2018 teaching will start very soon. First I will teach a 3-day still life workshop at Sacramento on Jan 19 - 21, then I will teach another 4-day workshop at Lindale TX. So far I still have a few openings at Lindale. Please contact Maureen Killaby at for information and registration. See you.