Dragonfly visit

  Since I was a young boy I love to watch dragonflies, I love how they fly around the water its tiny transparent wings catch the sunlight. Silently they made each landing with no effect at all. I would spent … Continue reading

Memory of Spring

Even we are into September but  it been very hot and humid here. the hot weather makes me wish for Spring when the nights were cool and days fills with blooming spring flowers. Just finished this painting, a watercolor, “Memory … Continue reading

What’s old is new again

When i was in art college, I major in abstract painting but after I graduated my works slowly my painting moved to realism. Few years ago, I had this idea to combine the two styles of paintings together. I did … Continue reading

An artist’s day off


butterfly with coneflower

Lately, in the morning when I woke up, I have numbness and tingling feeling on my left hand and fingers. I figure it must be my long hours of holding the knife I use for the paper cutting.  Usually it goes away after the first half hour after I woke up.

However, today when I started to do the cutting the tingeing came back. I decided to give my fingers a break and took the day off. I went to visit some galleries and took pictures.

Hopefully, I will able to resume my cutting tomorrow.

Painting for Mothers day

painting for Mothers Day

magnolia painting for my mother

magnolia painting for my mother

I painted this magnolias painting as my mother’s present for my mom. When I saw the new Canadian magnolia stamps, right away think of my mother.

The Chinese name for Magnolia is (Mulan) jade orchid or tree/wood orchid and my mother’s name is jade in Chinese. The Disney movie Mulan was base on a Chinese Legend Mulan, a beautiful young woman dressed as a young man to take her father’s place to flight the war. Knowing her elderly father would not able to survive if he went.  In Chinese culture, magnolia symbolizes the beauty and strength of a woman.

 My mother is a true example of Mulan, she experience much hardship when she was young but she able to kept her dignity through out. She is like a beautiful magnolia blooms after the hard cold winter.

Watercolor on paper, 10”x10”

Waiting for Spring

Although the streets are still covered with snow from the last snow fall and it is still very cold here in Toronto. I noticed there seem to be still light in evenings when I going home. I have been thinking about the approaching spring and looking forward to see the magnolias in bloom again. There is an old magnolia tree near my studio which produces white blossoms unlike the more common pink ones. Every year, I would make sure not to miss the opportunity to see its beauty in full bloom.

white magnolia

Here is one of my paintings inspired by the white magnolia, watercolor on paper, 16”x20”.