Monday, December 31, 2007
Saturday, December 29, 2007
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Christmas time is a very busy time for me because I am preparing for my first time sales at MAAD, the Red Dot Museum on Jan 5 & 6. If you are free, please drop by.
Maad @ Red Dot Museum
28 Maxwell Road
5-6 Jan 08
11am to 7pm
Oil on Stretched Canvas
Size: 18 x 24, $120
Monday, December 24, 2007
A copy of Van Gogh's painting, but not in the color. I used blue tone here. I don't quite like the original greenish yellow.
I am always wondering how Van Gogh creates those curly stroke in his painting. I tried with brush, but couldn't get it right. I have those sticks for watercolor painting, somehow I try to use it and it gives me this curly lines of tree trunk, branches and texture in the ground fantastically.. I never expected that the watercolor sticks can be used in oil painting as well. Such a nice discovery.
Oil on paper
Size: 6 x 9, $35
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Saturday, December 22, 2007
I like the vintage looking photos. This is a print that I created using my photo with digital collages. I love the chinese character written by late Chairman Mao. His style is distinguishably unique.
I would love to have a print for my wedding (too bad I am already married) or bedroom decoration.
This painting is painted on a piece of acrylic treated watercolor paper so the oil won't seep into the paper as in normal case. As this is a heavy weight watercolor paper, the painting is hard and straight. It is easy to be framed.
Oil on paper
Size: 6" x 7", $35
Friday, December 21, 2007
It's so fun to use thick oil in painting. This little house in the night makes a perfect painting using thick oil. I use the acrylic treated watercolor paper for this painting.
If you have spoiled a watercolor paper which is very often due to the characteristics of watercolor, don't through it away. You can coat it with acrylic and use it as oil painting paper.
size: 6" x 9".
Thursday, December 20, 2007
I was thinking of using watercolor to do this piece, but later changed to oil. It's not easy to get the rich and dark color using watercolor.
With a baby at my house, I don't want to use oil very much because of the smell. But I like to paint in oil. I like the rich and bright colors.
Oil on Canvas Panel, Ready to be framed.
Size: 12" x 16", $65
Monday, December 17, 2007
This is for celebration of Christmas. I create the piece by print the underpainting of the painting into a watercolor paper. I painted on top of the it the flowers and others. The underpainting gives a very rich texture that is not possible for me to create using watercolor alone.
Size: 8" x 10" / 18 x 23cm, $35
Friday, December 14, 2007
The whole painting is inspired by the three pink flower in a glass jar. I created the busy table with objects borrowed from other places.
I'd like to use neutral colors and lines in my painting these days. It is very interesting to make a painting exciting by applying various levels of grays.
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
This is a semi-abstract still-life painting. I try to use lines in the work. I think I should go to learn some monotype techniques as I like using lines very much.
I start by placing some colors around the paper without exactly clear the type of objects they are. After that, I draw lines around them and it became clear to me the bottles and the flower. After that, I put more color so that the objects are in shape. It is a nice way to develop paintings as it is very spontaneous.
Monday, December 10, 2007
Thursday, December 6, 2007
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Monday, December 3, 2007
Sunday, December 2, 2007
Friday, November 30, 2007
A little house. I'd like to work on something totally different from what I have been working on recently. It is a fresh feeling for me to work on this pretty piece. I love the cute feeling of the painting.
Size: 5" x 7" /13 x 18 cm, $30
Thursday, November 29, 2007
After a week spending intensely on painting the sunflower still-life, I want to do something relaxing. I choose this small size paper for fun.
I have a reference photo of this painting that taken long time ago when I traveled to Hongkong. It was a stone pond filled with some autumn leaves. It was on a rainy day, the rain was till dropping. The place was in a temple and it was very quiet. You can still feel the wetness and the sound of rain drops.
I put it on a frame that perfectly fits the small painting. It looks much beautiful than the picture below.
Size: 5" x 7"/12 x 18 cm, $30
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
I have a spare frame that can be used to display 4.5" x 4.5" painting. So I painted this sunflower since I am very familiar with the topic. It can be a good gift together with the frame I think.
Size: 5" x 6" / 13 x 15 cm, $30 (without frame), $40 (with frame, excluding s & h)
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Saturday, November 24, 2007
This is the final work. I achieved what I'd like to see with passionate sunflower and mature pears together. The tonal contrast is good and the colors are nice. I like the mood it conveys. It almost fits into what I had in mind except one or two small places. If I can modify a bit of their color, it will be nice.
I love the pear in the bottom. It shines so beautifully with the vase.
The original painting has more in the top. I crop it so that sunflowers are pushed up and the whole composition is more powerful.
Size: 9" x 12"/24 x 32cm, $65
I am working on another version of the same topic. I concentrate the flowers in the middle this time. I feel satisfied with the current development and stop here to think about what to do next.
It is a very demanding process during the painting. There are so many decisions to make as to what color suits the best of a particular section and what form to use. I have to stop constantly to take a break or play with my 5 month old daughter for a while to come back to the work.
People say that painting is a relax activity, but not for me, at least now.
Friday, November 23, 2007
I am doing more experiment with the color and lines of the same topic. I got some interesting results of the color, but not quite sure about the whole painting structure. But I feel it definitely getting more and more interesting.
This is something with certain effect I want to achieve. I want to convey certain mood and spirit.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Friday, November 16, 2007
I was down with a very bad flue and didn't paint for 2 days. Although I am lying on bad, my mind is full of things that I want to paint.
Here is a sketch of another sunflower and pears. I love the combination. It is a messy sketch. I don't have the mood to do a nice painting today. But I do like the stoke of watercolor pencils.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Another still-life. Last Sunday I went to the beach near my house and found some lovely sunflower in one of the house near the beach. I have this still-life setup before but with different flower. It was named Summer Time. But with sunflower, it should be autumn time, although in Singapore, there is no season. Sunflowers blossom all the time.
It is very difficult to put your first stroke in the white paper. The start of the painting is always exciting with sharp contrast with the white paper. I love what on the paper right now.
But with the development of the painting, you get more and more difficult to manage the contrast and colors. Sometime, I have to through away the whole painting after it's done because it does not turn out right.
Size: 14"x 19.5"/36 x 50 cm
Monday, November 12, 2007
I always have some problem to paint the right lower corner. It is not successful this time and I have to crop the whole painting to get rid of it. The painting has to be cropped to a small sized one. It is 40 x 50 cm and now is 28 x 38cm.
Size: 11" x 15" /28 x 38 cm, $80
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Friday, November 9, 2007
Thursday, November 8, 2007
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Frangipani tree is seen in many houses in Singapore. I planted two in my house as well. I love the flower. This is a sketch of a such a house. I am still thinking on the size of paper I should use to depict this topic.
This is my four month old baby. She doesn't like to do push up normally. But today she is very happy to do so. This is the first time I capture her happy moment in doing push up.
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Monday, November 5, 2007
Sunday, November 4, 2007
I didn't paint today instead I went around Singapore to shop for a new apartment. I cannot believe that the price has gone up so much that I don't think I'll buy one right now.
The one particular house that I looked at last March costs one million more now. I hope I had bought it at that time. A tiny apartment with 800 sqft costs 1.7 million, not even in a best location. I cannot even set my studio at such an expensive apartment.
Just a record of what I did today.
Saturday, November 3, 2007
I have some guests coming today for a dinner. The courtyard is finished in the late night after the guests left. I have to agree with what some other artists feel that it is difficult to make green appropriate. This painting is full of greens. It is challenge to make them look right.
Size: 16" x 20"/40 x 50 cm, USD$70, SGD100
Friday, November 2, 2007
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
I managed to finish this large painting today. It's fun to paint in large pieces than the small ones. But I need to paint some small ones later. For some topics, you need to use a small paper.
Size: 16" X 20"/40 X 50 cm, USD$300/SGD$450
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Normally I don't paint the same painting more than once, but this time I painted another sunset fairyland. I try to experiment the glow of the lights during night.
I like the previous one more.
Size: 16" X 20"/40 X 50 cm, USD$300/SGD$450