A painting a day #30 “center of attraction”

It is a bitterly cold winter day here which made me think of the spring tulips. it will be at least six more months to  the tulips in my garden  I painted this watercolor to cheer myself up. Hope you … Continue reading

a painting a day #28 “spring magnolia”

I love the magnolia flower, for me they are the sign of spring arrival.  During the spring the trees are covered with the large blossoms, some of the older trees often reached to over 20 feet. it was the sky covered with the white and pink blossoms.

original transparent watercolor on 140 lb Arches rough paper, 10″x8″


A painting a day # 6 “Tulips garden”

https://www.artfinder.com/manage/alfred-ng/product/a-painting-a-day-6-tulips-garden/ During the spring, everywhere I see are those beautiful tulips in parks and gardens. I especially love when they have the same type of tulips in large groups. it was a slight to behold. watercolor on 140lb Arches rough … Continue reading

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

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

The last blue irises

 the last blue irises

This is my last painting of the year 2013

“The last blue irises”

I been in my studio for 23 years, I know many of the houses in the neighborhood well from my daily walk. Many of those houses each has a small land reserved for gardening and wherever I walk by I would connect the garden with the house and even its owners.

I am particular fond of one house near my studio: Each spring, a large patch of irises would spring up from a small garden by the side of the house. They were the old fashion irises, mostly blues but another one type was the mauve and white with yellow markings. On a sunny day I would make sure to walk by that corner to visit the little irises garden. I knew certain time of the day, when the sunlight behind, it was the most magical moment. Eventually the irises found its way into my paintings more than once

However I never met its owner. Until a few years ago, I wrote a note to the unknown house owner along with photo of the iris painting, express the pleasure the iris garden gave me.

Few days later, an older woman came to my studio. She was the owner of that house and it was her husband planted those beautiful irises. She told me the irises were the pride and joys of her husband. Sadly, he has been in a nursing house, suffering from Alzheimer. She was touched and I painted her husband’s irises garden.

A couple of summer later, I ran into her outside of her house, she told me she would selling the house as it was too big for her to live there alone. Shortly, the sale sign was up and within weeks it was sold. I never see the lady again, pretty soon the new owner moved in. the old house underwent a long renovations, the entire door and windows been replaced including the little irises garden.

Last spring was the first spring without the beautiful irises. They were replaced with some trendy tall grass!

My “ the last blue  irises” is dedicated to the man I never meet whom planted the irises garden which live in my heart and in my painting.

The Photo Police

 Saturday was a sunny warm early spring day here. I was on my way to my studio and walking pass my usual path which just between the Campbell house museum and Canada life building ( a large insurance company). As I looked down I see some early tulips had just open next the the fence by the Canada Life building . I took out my camera to take a few shoots. As I was leaving a uniform security guard was already waiting for me: he informed me there was no photo allowed at their property.

Somehow I was not surprised because it happened to me every year and always happen on the weekend. I figured he was just bored and had nothing much to do to pass his time and decided to harasses me. Since I already took my shoot without protesting I smile and left.

As to Canada life I had hundred of photos of your building both interior and exterior I took the last twenty years.  I will post them and share with them with the web world!

Canada Life Buildingtulip