A painting a day #14 “Radiance”



It been one of those nasty Autumn day, dark , cold, rain with strong wind even threat of snow. I stayed home all day and in order to bright up my day, I worked on this painting, “Radiance” on 140 lb cold press Fabriano paper, 10″x8″




Art and weather

iris in winter

I don’t know about other artists, I notice I tend to choose subjects opposite to the weather. Yesterday was a very cold winter day with strong wind. After spending an hour outside taking photos of snow, I started to work on a painting of iris.  Iris is a spring flower and likely not to be seen here for few more months. However painting it make me forgot how cold it was out there.

In the summer, my studio has no air conditioning. On a hot day, I would paint waterscape, ponds or lakes to keep cool.

I guess it is mind over matter with little help by art.

Winter iris, watercolor on arches 140lb rough paper, 12”x20”

Escaping the heat while making art


moth orchid with moth

All week the temperature keeps climbing and my studio became more and more uncomfortable with the heat and humidify Early this week I thought if I focus on my work I might able to forget the heat. It almost worked.  However, today it reaches to 35c and with the humidity it was more like 45c.. Even with the three fans going I was still sweating without moving much.

Later, when I step out the hall way to get some water and was surprise it was actually cooler there. As it turned out, someone has the fire escape door open, there was some breeze coming in.

This gave me an idea to move my studio outdoor! At the end of my street is the Grange Park with many mature old trees. I packed up my camping chair and all the art supplies I need then headed to the park.

Almost all the park benches at the park were taken and I was glad I brought my own chair. , I found a shady spot under an old maple tree and set up my outdoor studio. There were lovely breezes coming from two directions, it was such a relief from my over- heated studio. Even the noises of talking, laughers and occasionally of dogs barking are not much a distraction for me. In no time I completed the art work I had spent the last two days working on..

“Moth orchid with moth”, It is another of my watercolor with paper cut. The main image are the white Phalaenopiss Orchid which is also called “Moth Orchid”. I added the paper cut Moth with the columbine flowers in paper cut in this piece, kind of playing with the name of Moth. The painting is 22”x18”.