Saturday, December 15, 2012

Guess Who

                                                                            8" x 10"

Done for the DPW challenge
I am not good at doing portraits. So I was very happy to get the subject's  likeness in my initial sketch. But after I wet the WC paper, most of the pencil's marks disappeared. oops! And then I could see where I did wrong but the Antwerp blue color is so permanent that it was impossible to erase any mistakes. :-(

Hope you still like it. But try to guess whom I was trying to paint? :-)

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Tenderness in Winterland

9" x 12" (23cm x31cm)
Arches 300lb (640g) CP WC paper.

I'm very busy and yet when I saw this Winter art challenge, I suddenly felt like rushing to paint the winter scene, appropriate for the season.
Thank you for all comments, very much appreciated.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

The Lacemaker

9" X 9"  Arches CP 300lb WC paper

Done for the PADT challenge.

I have not painted humans for quite a while, so indeed it was a long process and quite a challenge to do a copy of Vermeer's The Lacemaker. 

I made a mistake of using untested permanently staining  (bright yellow) color and as a result, I lost my "white" for highlight on her collar. Nonetheless, I'm quite satisfied in the end to have this lacemaker painting to call my own.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

                                                     Watercolors on rough Arches paper
                                                                  15cm X 30cm

This is my interpretation of The silver goblet by French artist Jean-Baptiste Simeon Chardin. I almost "lost" the painting when clumsy me stood up, for a break, and spilled all the dirty water on the whole painting. Phew!

Done for the PADT art challenge.

Thursday, November 15, 2012


This is my interpretation of the beautiful challenge photo by Lee A Brown of ADNW.

I have not painted for so long, due to my passion du jour, ceramics. I felt a little rusty resuming painting, but I'm now pleased with the result. Hope you like it too.

Thank you for any comments.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Dragon Teapot

                                                                 8" X 11"
 This is the year of The Dragon, according to the Chinese Calendar. Dragon and Turtle are the symbols of Power and Longevity, so I combined the two in the same design for Good Luck.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Bamboo Teapot

I have not been painting, for ceramics has been my current passion. This is a low fire ceramics teapot, totally hand built with the panda as the handle. Oh yes, I did the paintings on both sides, front and back. It could be a functional teapot, but I will never use it for fear of... ruining it.

Ceramics is so fun! I have also made many little knickknacks that I really like.

Thank you for any feedback. :thanks:

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Spools of Thread

                                                          Watercolors on 6" X 6" canvas
                                              Done from The Rookie Painter challenge photo.

This is my first experiment to paint watercolors on canvas. I bought this paste a year ago and I just now used it to prime my linen canvas. The surface made me feel that I was painting acrylics, although all paints are watercolors. The fun thing is if you make a mistake, you can just wipe it off and re paint again. I've made a lot of mistakes because I had to rush rush for the deadline. I've got no time to fix my mess, but I will do so in spare time, which I wonder when!!! I'm taking a ceramics class right now, at the local university. No, we are not making pots nor bowls. It is more like sculptural items and I just love it. It is so much fun.

Thank you for looking. Any comment is greatly appreciated.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Tomatoes, Big and Small

                                                         Acrylics on 12" X 12" canvas

This is my interpretation of the PADT beautiful challenge photo.  
At first, I was intimidated by the sight of leaves. Yes, I have a fear of painting foliage. But I needed to make a painting to match my previous Stack of Bowls, so I decided to include just a few leaves. I'm happy with my painting and I hope you like it too. 

All comments are very much appreciated, thank you!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Stack of Bowls

                                                              Acrylics on 12" X 12" canvas

As I plan to soon enroll in ceramics again, at the local University, I've tried to paint as much as time permits. Now if I could get in the class, maybe my paintings will stop for a while. We'll just see.

Here my work was done from The Rookie Painter challenge photo. This is the first time I ever painted strawberries and I'm quite pleased with them.