Tulips to save the day

  I find March is a difficult month for me as I looking forward for the spring arrival  however  the temperature outside remind me winter still in charge. This Monday, I woke up to another grey day and the sun … Continue reading

A New Year, a new day with a new painting

I have a New year tradition : every year I would create a painting to welcome the new year and this year is no exception. Unlike some to celebrate the New Year by dipping into the icy water for a … Continue reading

A painting a day #26 ” tulip with green’

  Well we had our first snow of the year yesterday which made me thought of the long months of winter ahead:  I thought it will be at least six more months before I see the tulips in bloom at … Continue reading

A painting a day #2 “Backlit Orchid”

  My painting of today is from my orchid collection. I specially like the yellow ones and have a few of them in my collections. This one usually blooms in the early winter. watercolor on  140lb Arches rough watercolor paper, … Continue reading

The year of the Monkey

monkey watercolor

This year is the year of the monkey according to the Chinese calendar. I painted this babay monkey watercolor painting to celebrate the Chinese New Year, he is carry a tangerine in his mouth and the tangerine is an important symbol for the new year which means good fortune and wealth.

the watercolor is 15:x21

monkey in studio

 

Some days my stars all lined up

Yesterday morning, I got an email from one of the art sites I belong to as I sold a greeting card. later, I returned home and found out I sold a original painting at the other site. Better still, a confirmation email from a TV channel it wants to do a feature on me.

watercolor on paper 23"x23"

watercolor on paper 23″x23″

In the evening, one of my watercolors was chosen as the banner for a group I belong  on facebook. I went to bed feeling it been a rather eventful day.

wish upon the butterfly

Got up this morning was surprised to see the unusual number of emails I had over night. Most was about one photo I  upload on flickr, A photo I titled “winter berries” received many thousands views and comments: as it turned out it was feature on Flickr’s explore page. Then another email for another greeting card sold to the same buyer from yesterday!

winter berries

After lunch I went to mail my painting as I came out from the post office was stopped by the local TV station and interviewed for my opinion on the city’s plan on building subway in my area.

One last email, from the watercolor society the confirmed date for my workshop been sat.( last month out of the blue I was invited to do a master workshop for their members even I don’t anyone in it).

The butterfly effect

Few weeks ago, I was at a huge craft fair and saw one booth which sells butterflies and bugs and nothing else. The insects were framed in shadow boxes. I was really attracted by the colors and patterns of them. almost tempted to buy one but didn’t. although the seller told me the insects were farm-raised but the idea of the insect’s whole propose of life as my wall decoration just did not sit well with me.I walked away without buying any.

later, after I got home thinking I could create my own butterfly with paper and paints.  This is my result “forever spring” watercolor painting with paper cut and sculpture, some of the butteries are 3D as well, 12″x19″

butterfly detail

butterfly details 2

flower details

forever spring yellow

Art imitating life

  Last night, while in bed I look over at my blooming orchid by the window. An idea came to me: often, I use my orchids as my subject for photos and painting. It would be fun to take photos … Continue reading

My inner spring in winter

Today is the second day of extreme cold alert and with the wind is -32C. I haven’t set my feet out side since Sunday. However I have stock up enough food and art supplied and likely able stay in till … Continue reading