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

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