November 4, 2013

The Show

It has been a while since the last update. Here is the news of my show in San Francisco. The show runs from Oct 25 to Nov 23, 2013. There are about 25 pieces of my works in the show, including figurative paintings, landscapes, cityscapes and still life paintings. Most of the works are painting from life. Please go check them out. I hope you'll like them. :)

May 9, 2013

Streets of San Francisco

Coit Tower S.F, 11"x14", oil on panel

Hi Friends! 

Hope it's not too late to announce this news. I have some new paintings in a coming group exhibition - "Streets of San Francisco", together with other good artists. Please come visit and say HI if you're around the area! Please check out the link to see other paintings.

Looking forward to seeing you guys!! :))

Opening Reception on Friday, May 10, 2013, 6-8pm
Christian Daniels Gallery
950 Leavenworth St.
San Francisco, CA

September 11, 2012

Less is more

Head study from life. Charcoal. 24x18". May 2012

Sometimes less is more. This is a really quick study I did in May. Even though it's only a quick and simple sketch, I really like it since I was able to capture the character and mood of the model during that moment.

August 7, 2012

Bob with Red Head Wrap

Bob with Red Head Wrap. Oil on linen. 12x9".  Aug 6, 2012

I just got back to San Francisco and had a really great time in Taiwan, spending time with my family and friends.  I did some portrait drawings with many great artists there and I was truly inspired by them.

This painting I painted today took about 3 to 4 sections, 15 ~ 20 minutes each section. Felt really free while I was painting it. Since it was a quick study work, the focus was on applications of color and brushwork.

July 18, 2012

Head Drawing from Life

Pencil.  24x18 inches.  June 2012.  Process # 3 
Process # 2
Process # 1

February 17, 2012

What's on my easel - Feb

Artist Self-portrait ( unfinished ). oil on canvas. 30x15". Feb 14, 2012

This painting in early progress is an attempt of looking at myself and a record of my painting life as well. There was no specific set up for the lighting when I started to paint. Instead, I simply walked into my studio, took a look into the mirror and tried to capture the moment reflected right there and then. It's about one and half hour. I took a photo because I felt that at this early stage I was able to capture the colors quickly and almost effortlessly. For the next stage, I hope that I could continue to paint with the same spirit. Painting from life has always been my passion, it helps to train my eyes and allows me to learn how to observe the objects. It is a challenge that I absolutely enjoy.

February 16, 2012


I did some 8x8 small paintings for the coming group show at Waterhouse Gallery. If you have time, please come by and check out all the wonderful works. Hope you like them!

Small Gems Exhibitions
Opening February 25th, 2012
Waterhouse Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA 
Song of Ocean. 8x8. oil on linen. Feb 2012
A Leisure Afternoon.  8x8. oil on linen. Feb 2012

Sweet Dreams. 8x8. oil on linen. Feb 2012

Artist's Palette. 8x8. oil on linen. April 2011

October 25, 2011

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. 8"x 8". oil on linen. Oct 22. 2011

The weather has been nicely in San Francisco lately. Last Saturday I went to the beach near by San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. I actually don't know what the beach's name is. It's usually filled with people. I knew for me it was better not to paint those people at the first attack of the scene I'm not familiar with, especially when painting in a limit time. After finish this painting, I was a little surprise that it turned out alright and I kind of like the composition.

October 22, 2011

Washington Square, San Francisco

Washington Square, San Francisco, 9x7, oil on canvas. Oct 17, 2011.

I have been wanting to paint this scene since the first day I took the school shuttle and passed this park about one and half year ago. I decided it was finally time to paint this scene early this week. Those trees were really beautiful. I stood in front those tall trees and was unsure about how to capture the moment. I had less than an hour to paint the light on the trees before sunset. It was really a challenge and I think I learned something from this experience. I really had a lot of fun and I'm thinking about going back to paint it again.

August 29, 2011

“There are moments in our lives, there are moments in a day,
when we seem to see beyond the usual.
Such are the moments of our greatest happiness.
Such are the moments of our greatest wisdom.
If one could but recall his vision by some sort of sign.
It was in this hope that the arts were invented.
Sign-posts on the way to what may be.
Sign-posts toward greater knowledge.”
-- Robert Henri

A great quote explaining what I wish to achieve with my artworks.

July 31, 2011

What's on my easel?

oil on canvas. 30 x 20 inches (painting in progress)

This painting is still in progress. I visited Seattle, WA last month and did some plein air while I was there as well. The Kirkland lake is one of my favorite places around Seattle. It's hard to find this kind of scene in San Francisco. There were bunch of people at the lake yet all the busy crowds created a harmonious and balance feeling somehow. Nature is the best designer.  Hope to finish it by September.

July 30, 2011

Little Girl with Toy Cars

oil on linen. 28 x 22 inches

My intent for this painting is to focus on the expressive brushwork and composition. I hope to bring out the character of the little girl by using the contemporary subjects and at the same time still maintain the beauty of oil painting. The place I depicted in this painting is outside of 901 Columbus Coffee Shop at San Francisco, near AAU Chestnut Fine Art building. The little girl was playing with toy cars with her friend. I felt touched by the little girl at that moment and decided to paint the scene and keep the impression. 

Below picture is the study work of "Little Girl".

oil on canvas. 14x11 inches