Thursday, June 28, 2012

"Window Seats"

Window Seats
5 x 7"
oil on 1/4" thick gessoed hardboard

  This is my entry of DPW's "The Reading Challenge", I paint these two friends seating and reading by the window in a little coffee shop, such a cozy place for the readers to enjoy their favourite books while outside is raining.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

"Cool Water Play"

Cool Water Play
6 x 12"
Oil on 1/4" thick gessoed hardboard
  This young surfer was waiting for the perfect waves for a long time that day, when the wave came, he captured the perfect timing for his practice. It also became my perfect moment to practice painting the vivid ocean waves with the body movement.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Friday, June 22, 2012

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

"Grasshopper On The Yellow Pole"

Grasshopper On The Yellow Pole
5 x 7"
Oil on 1/4" thick gessoed hardboard

  I originally took these grasshopper pictures for my father, he is a big fan of this kind of insect. He grew up in the village, grasshopper was his favourite "pet" once, especially loves the sound of them rubbing the wings. He told me that some people even had to eat grasshoppers during the special time in his generition because there were no food supplied to the most of families in China.

  So, one day I was playing with my daughter on a playground, we saw many of colourful grasshoppers on the poles around the playground, I decide to take some pictures to show my father how big and pretty of Florida grasshoppers are. My husband made a joke, said " That could be a great 'dinner' for somebody!" %#$$#&(*&&*(@#$) I know what he meant!--That is only in the past, we are much better now! =)

  Anyway, it becomes a perfect object for me to paint for this week's "The Insect Challenge" today, hope you like it! They are really impressive!

"Grasshopper On The Red Pole"

Grasshopper On The Red Pole
7 x 5"
Oil on 1/4" thick gessoed hardboard

Friday, June 15, 2012

"The Smart One"

The Smart One
6 x 12"
Oil on 1/4" gessoed board
  Do you know what I mean by that title?--Sometimes, you think that you have a smart phone, then you become smart?? Look at that puppy under the umbrella, he knows how to enjoy life, as well as to protect himself from the sun roast. :-)

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

"Love Knot"

Love Knot
9 x 12"
Oil on Canvas Panel
  This is my entry to this week's " The Gift Challenge" on DPW. It is a gift from my parents, they gave it to me before I came to the US few years ago. Love knot is very traditional Chinese culture, it is tied by one line from the beginning to the end, and the shapes are various, they are all symbolize love, prosperity, solidarity, etc.. This one is in a heart shape combine with a beautiful vase, represents love and peace, protects my family everyday.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

"Tides In"

Tides In
8 x 8"
oil on 1.5" gallery wrapped canvas

The look from painted sides

Monday, June 11, 2012


8 x 8"
oil on 1.5" thick gallery wrapped canvas

The look from painted sides

Sunday, June 10, 2012

"Buddies"-Commission Work

6 x 8"
Oil on gessoed hardboard

  This painting is my commission work for a gentleman who wants to paint this picture as a gift for his brother's coming birthday. In the painting, his brother and his grandson were having special conversation, the expression on their faces were very impressive. I am so motivated to paint it after receive this photo reference which is taken by the gentleman himself. He is also a very talented photographer and landscape oil painter. I am so honored to do this special work for his family. We are both very satisfied with the final result, then after asked for his permission, I post this painting as a record of my portrait/figure painting achievement.

  This commission work is the first one ordered by a person that is not from family or friend. Working for a person that you don't know is a part of motivation, a little bit of pressure...but makes me concentrated on the work and to do my best satisfying the customer. I am grateful for this opportunity. Hope his brother will enjoy the painting on his birthday!

  Everyone welcome to leave a comment and advice to me about this painting! I really appreciate that too!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

"Striped Shadows"

Striped Shadows
7 x 7"
Oil on gessoed board

  Here is my entry for this week's "The Stripe Challenge" --by Carol Marine. I went to the local park one day, it was hot hot hot day at noon, the benches on the pier are made by striped metal, no one wants to get grilled sitting on it, so I get chance to take a picture of it. The bench and the balustrades and their shadows made a great composition. To get the perspective right is quite a challenge -- I kept telling myself "don't get lost in the stripes" when I was painting the shadows. Hope you enjoy the painting.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

"Endless Performance"

Endless Performance
6" x 12" x 2 pieces
oil on 1/4" gessoed board

I decide to paint this ocean scene in two pieces to express the dramatic moment of the powerful, endless ocean movements. It can be displayed side by side or separate.

6x12" Part-1

6x12" Part-2

Friday, June 1, 2012

"Polka-Dot Steps"

Polka-Dot Steps
6 x 6"
Oil on 1/8" gessobord
  This painting is my entry to DPW's "The Polka-Dot Challenge". I LOVE polka-dots on most of everything! After my baby girl born just 3 months old, I can't wait to get this pair of polka-dots shoes for her to try on, so that they can match her polka-dots clothes! The little colorful polka-dots are sewed on the surface of the shoes, they look soooo cute and tickle my heart everytime when I see them. Unfortunately, they are too small by the time my daughter knows how to walk. But they are her 1st. pair of shoes, and become one of the collections of her "the first memories"

  Thank you Carol Marine for the great opportunity to let me show off my favourite polka-dots!