Thursday, January 24, 2008

Spring Afternoon

Spring Afternoon © 2008
3.5"x 5" watercolor

Most artists focus on one type of painting. Every medium crates a different beauty. Different styles show their own elegance. They are difficult to compare and so hard to give up any of them. So, I paint more than one style.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

On the Way to Market

On the Way to Market © 2008
3.5'' x 5'' Watercolor

People like to ask me how long it takes to paint a detailed-style painting. I wish I could give them an answer but I can't because usually I work on several pieces at one time to avoid the "numbness" of working on one piece all the time.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Good Friends

Good friends © 2008
3.5'' x 5'' Watercolor

Sometimes I walked out of a show with not much impression about what I saw, but recently my eye was caught by some outstanding oil paintings, good painting speaks for itself indeed, even though I wasn't trained in such a tradition, it moves me. They are just incredibly good. I am glad that I can view such master works often.

Monday, January 14, 2008

A Spring Day

A Spring Day © 2008
13.5'' x 18'' Watercolor

Today we had a big snow storm again, the bright light coming through
the large windows in my studio was excellent as the snow fell silently. It was a happy painting day.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Before Sleep

Before Sleep © 2008
3.5'' x 5'' Watercolor

I've been working on a big piece of a detailed painting for several days now. Sometimes the more colors you put on, the messier it gets since it is a water color painting. It's very important to know when it is the right time to stop.

Monday, January 7, 2008

Toasting the Moon

Toasting the Moon © 2008
3.5'' x 5'' Watercolor

I just sold this painting yesterday, it's a detailed style miniature landscape, although it's an ancient scene, it reminds me of good time with family and friends.

Friday, January 4, 2008

After Rainfall

After Rainfall © 2008
13.5'' x 18'' Watercolor


Today I spent some time in an art gallery. There were oil, watercolor, acrylic, pastel, aqua tint and gouache paintings, it's quite impressive. I was fascinated by all the different materials that artists used to paint on. They painted oil paintings on paper, linen, panel, silk, hardboard, copper, Masonite, ivory and, of course, canvas.

This is a bit different from Chinese paintings which are painted on various types of paper and silk. It would be interesting to find out why there is such a difference in materials between the two cultures.

I put this rose painting on today. Can you tell the paper is as thin as a cicada's wing?

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

A Thousand Blessings

A Thousand Blessings © 2008
13.5'' x 18'' Watercolor

Yesterday it wasn't just New Years Eve, but also my daughter's birthday. We celebrated both, it was just fantastic. Today is the New Year, I called my mother who lives in Taiwan, we had a great conversation, we are going back to see her. My mother and I are both in high spirits and very excited for this trip. I look forward to seeing all my family! This is my New Year wish and gift!
Besides all this, my husband's novel (Dream of the Dragon Pool: A Daoist Quest) was just named Book of the Year for fiction 2007 ( It is truly a new year! This is why I've put this new painting entitled --A Thousand Blessings up for today.