Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

"Courtyard Entrance"--View of Forbidden City

Courtyard Entrance
8 X 6"
Oil on gessoed MDF Board

  The Forbidden City is located on city center in Beijing. It is the former Imperial Palace, from twenty-four emperors of the Ming and Qing Dynasties ruled China for almost 500 years. It served as the home of emperors and their households, as well as the ceremonial and political center of Chinese government. Now the 'City' is no longer forbidding, but inviting. A visit to the Palace will enrich the visitors' knowledge of history, economy, politics, arts as well as architecture in ancient China.
  Painting this scene from Forbidden City is very joyful practice to express the respect to the ancient creativity. 
  Please enjoy some of the photos of the Forbidden City from my trip:

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

"Smilely Mouflon"--The Emotion Challenge

Smilely Mouflon
5 x 7"
Oil on gessoed MDF board
  This week's DPW challenge is to paint an emotion, so after went through all the photos I took from the zoo, here I found a smiling mouflon in front of the camera, I always believe that he's having a good time and is very satisfied with his life in the zoo, even he has to give up his wildness (sometimes I wish to have that kind of life--don't have to worry about the bills to pay, just enjoy the life). Thanks to the host Jo MacKenzie, you gave me a perfect chance to feel and paint the emotion of happiness around us. 

Monday, October 8, 2012

"I Get Power!"--Beijing Cityscape Series

I Get Power!
8 x 6"
Oil on gessoed MDF board

  One day, I decided to take my husband and daughter visiting the old neighbourhood where I grew up. I haven't been back since year 2000.
  It is located in the 2nd. Ring Road of Beijing, right next to the famous Lama Temple-Yong'he Gong, because of the historical location, some of the streets--we call them 'Hutong' got well improvement, some of them are still not yet. I remembered the old Hutong were wider street than now, I was so amamzed by its crowded!  The power pole is hooked by bunches of wires and cables to ensure every residece within the area getting the power and phone lines, so when you look up the sky, it's been divided into many kinds of shapes.
The Lama Temple-Yong'he Gong

 The old street - Hutong

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

"Fall's Messenger"--The Birch Tree Challenge

Fall's Messenger
8 x 10"
Oil on 1/8" gessobord

  Hello Everyone, I am back from my long vacation in Beijing China!! We had a great time there! The most important thing is bringing my daughter to meet my parents the 1st. time. They spent lots of wonderful time together. I feel so accomplished to gave my daughter a Chinese adventure. She seems enjoyed the culture, the people and the food (of course!
). I will post more photos from the trip later on.
  Birch trees are popular in North of China, we have few birch trees in the city of Beijing, but most of them I saw are in the parks. By the leaves turns into golden and orange colors, we are notified the fall is here. I love the colors of the leaves in this scene that I chose to paint, a bit of remain green leaves mixed with the orange's, just like a little message from fall to tell us that the golden season is coming soon.
  Thank you to the 'Birch Tree Challenge' of DPW, after finished this painting, I feel back home completely!!