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Saturday, August 30, 2008

Yellow Bird and Pink Flowers and Labor Day Weekend Sale

My husband is away for a long business trip for several weeks. Without his "disturbance", I can paint in the weekends as well.

My husbands is overall supportive of my pursuit of art. But sometime, when things go wrong, such as my baby is sick, he will quickly tell me that you should not spend so much time on painting, being a mother is your first priority, bla bla. ...

To be more relax, I pick some cute subjects and small size to paint in the weekends.

The Visual Art Street Team of Etsy which I am a member of is having a Labor Day Weekend Sale. I am also participating. Buy two of my prints, you can get the third one free. Please do visit the sales of the team members at:

http://www.etsy.com/treasury_list.php?room_id=4449

and
http://www.etsy.com/treasury_list.php?room_id=4619

Watercolor on paper
Size: 6.5" x 9.5", $40 + $5 S & H

Friday, August 29, 2008

Monardas or Bergamots Ilustration Prints





I am very interested in the intricate structure of this flower Mondardas or Bergamots. When I saw some photos of them, I think I have to make them into my art.

To reflect the structure, I use illustration. I think illustration is the best way of showing the patterns and complicated structures.

All of my prints are Giclee print with Epson printer and its pigment ink on heavy archival paper. The size is about an A4 paper size, just nice to fit into a standard A4 frame.

Print size: 8.5" x 11.5", image is about 8" x 10.5", $18 + $5 S & H

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Daisy

This is a daisy in the daisy land. Every flower is so beautiful. It is so satisfying to paint them and see the bright colors coming out from the paper.

Watercolor on paper
Size: 6.5" x 9.5", $40 + $5 S & H

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Autumn Garden

This is a larger painting that I worked on today. It is 16" x 20". I am extremely careful when I paint large paintings. I painted it in a very controlled way.

first wash
I normally try to make color to be final at first wash. But it is not possible most of the time. The colors are just not strong enough for the darker ones. But two to three layers of colors will be maximum for me. I don't like to lay many layers because colors tend to loose their vibrancy after three or more layers.

Some people can produce beautiful colors with many layers. I guess you need to do it very carefully and use very high quality colors, paper and soft brushes. Most important, you have to wait till the paper get completely dried.

I really love the colors in this painting. You can only paint well when you get excited about it.

Something to note about the painting techniques used:
  1. The black is produced from mixing phthalo green with cadmium red. It is really great to produce a greenish black
  2. I used masking fluid to mask out the tree.
  3. Tissue paper is used to create the texture of the purple flower.

Watercolor on paper
Size: 16" x 20", $350 + $12 S & H

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Owl and Pink Poppies

These two are ink drawing with watercolor painting. I bought some color ink pens. I draw first the outline of the objects and then apply the watercolor. After that, I may outline more on some objects to emphasize them. The left part is a bit faded and that creates interesting contrast.

Watercolor on paper
Size: 7" x 10", $40 + $5 S & H

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Orchid and Quinacridone Colors

I went to the town yesterday. I normally go to visit the town around the famous Singapore orchard road area for dinner, meeting friends, buying art supplies or simply to take a walk. It is very good sometime to get the modern and metropolitan feeling. The creativeness seeping from everywhere in the town reminds me that whatever I do, I must try to learn to do it in an innovative way.I am so excited that I bought a tube of Quinacridone Rose yesterday. I always want to try the Quinacridone colors because they are very bright, but cannot find any in the shops. This is the only tube I can find. I should try to buy them from Internet next time because it is really good. Look at the orchid with quinacridone rose, it is so bright.
This still life is inspired by a photo of a women with a red Chinese Cheongsam in a fashion magazine. I like to put orchid with an oriental structure such as the window.

Watercolor on paper
Size: 10" x 14", $135, $7 S & H

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Port on Table

Shadow is something very interesting in a painting. In this painting, the shadow plays a big part of the whole painting. It consists of different colors blue, gray and purple.

Watercolor on paper
Size: 10" x 14", $60 + $7

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Red Poppies

I painted this poppies while I was waiting for the hydrangea to dry. This one has not much detail, just by placing colors in a big brush. I love the black and red combination.

Watercolor on paper
Size: 10" x 14", $60 + $7 S & H

Hydrangea

Hydrangea has many small flowers to form a big one. It is quite difficult to paint if you want to paint each of them. I am not a patient person to do so. Thus I only paint some of them. The good thing of human eyes is that they can visualize others in the same form as well even if you don't paint them out. Just like if you paint some apples correctly and place some other apple like objects between them, people tend to think they are apples. This is good for me.

Hydrangea is something I love to paint. I also like to paint orchid which is the national flower of Singapore. Others like Peonies, poppies, plum flower, magnolias,.. There are so many more that I haven't paint yet. It is good that I won't have no topic in future.

Watercolor on paper of 180gsm.
Size: 10.5" x 14.5", $60 + $7

Monday, August 18, 2008

Spring Time


I have never tried using ink drawing with watercolor painting before. Today I really wanted to do it and came up with these two small paintings. It is very interesting. It allows me to paint patterns of flowers, but with nice flow of background.

Watercolor on paper
Size: 6" x 7"

Friday, August 15, 2008

Amaryllis and Anniversary Special


I miss my computer work very much recently. These two are reproduction from the a watercolor painting I painted today.

My one year anniversary of this blog is near. I am thinking of having a big sale on this site and my profile web site Lily Pang Art. The sale will be from Sept. 15th to Oct. 15th. A one month sale. I am still working on the web site.

Today is Friday again. Have a nice weekend to everyone!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

African Violet

I love African Violet. This little plant has so many varieties and types of flowers. I used to plant many different types in my office when I was working. I watered them using fish water from a fish tank that my other colleague had. My office was facing east and had really good sun. The little plants thrived so well. They provided me so much relaxing moments during working hours.

Today I had surprise of the color raw umber. It is really opaque comparing to other colors. I had the habit that try to finish everything at one go and used a bit thick of this raw umber. It gives so many particles and the surprise result of dots here and there. I think it is nice.

Watercolor on paper
Size: 6.5" x 9.5", $40 + $5

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Port Near Window and On My Desk, Wednesday

This morning I woke up and found that Michelle from "A Painting A Day (Almost)" sent me an award. It really brightens up my whole day. Michelle paints beautiful abstract landscapes. If you want to learn some techniques that she use such as how to transfer a photo image into a canvas, you must visit her blog.

Today is Wednesday, I'd like to follow Marian's "On My Desk, Wednesday" topic. I think it is a nice idea to share some interesting things about the working environment.

BTW, Marian does some fantastic paintings on canvas bag and tiles. She painted birds and flowers with bright colors and unique design. If you want to have your log painted on a canvas bag, she is one you can ask. Take a look of her website and her store at Dawanda.

I moved my studio from third floor to the first floor living room near my daughter's playground.

This is the working table with fresh finished painting.

Baby playground My computer desk and part of the working table with spray ater

I am thinking of moving studio up stairs again because my daughter wants to paint as well while I am painting. Haha..


Watercolor on paper
Size:6.5" x 9.5", $40 + $5 S & H

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Sunflower

I think sunflower is every painter's favorite. I love to paint it.

I bought a toy magnetic easel several weeks ago. When it was just bought, my baby was not so much interested in it. But today I found that she enjoys it very much. I cannot wait to the day that I teach her how to paint. Or maybe she teaches me.

Watercolor on paper
Size: 6.5" x 9.5", $40 + $5

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Happy Birthday Singapore

Today is the 43rd birthday of this little dot country Singapore. I painted this queen anne's lace because I think it looks like fireworks to celebrate this very special day.

Having been living in Singapore fore decade, Singapore is a sweet home to me.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Wild Flowers

I like the combination of these two types of wild flowers. The colors are so nice.

Tonight there is Olympic opening ceremony. It is conducted by the famous Chinese film director Zhang Yimou. It must exciting. Don't forget to watch it!

Watercolor on paper of 180gsm
Size: 10.5" x 14.5", $60 + $7

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Dandelion's Dream

I have a print that has the same name. I thought it would be interesting to paint it in watercolor. Here it is. I was doing some experiments with the wet-on-wet painting technique for the background several days ago. It was quickly used here.

Watercolor on paper
Size: 6.5" x 9", $40 + $5 S & H

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Red Cliff

I love to paint houses and water and the sun lights. You can create dramatic painting from them. I exaggerated the cliff here from dark blue to red try to achieve some impact.

Watercolor on paper
Size: 12" x 16", $95 + $9

Under the Blue Sky

A lot of masking fluid is used here. I am not sure if there is such scene existed anywhere. I love to create beautiful scenes.

Watercolor on paper
Size: 12" x 16", $95 + $9

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Red Building

I saw a photo from a website and immediately thought it would be fun to paint it.

It was really fun to pour the watercolor in the paper and let it run to create the texture of the building.

Yesterday I took some photos from the Sembawang park that is near my home. It is the only park near the sea that has natural beach in Singapore. I usually took my baby there when sun is down. Yesterday I went there earlier and first time had experience with the light of sunset in photo taking. They are really magic. At least one of them will be in my paintings.



Watercolor on paper of 180gsm
Size: 11" x 14", $60 + $7 S & H

Friday, August 1, 2008

Autum at My Home

This is a bigger painting than those I painted recently. I was very careful when painted this and tried not to spoil the freshness of the paint when I painted the wall. I was running in and out of the living toilet all the time to wash the brush and change water.

It is very easy to get paint dirty after using something like cadmium red, orange or yellow. I cannot just rinsing the brush, I must squeeze it to get all the paint out in order not to get dirty paint when I use it again.

I am a very inpatient person and always try to get something done as fast as I can. I paint sometime during the feeding session of my baby. She takes very long time to sallow a mouth of food. While waiting for her to sallow, I sometime paint a bit. But this turned out to be disaster most of the time because I didn't wash my brush properly.

You must be settled and concentrate in order to paint watercolor.

Watercolor on paper
Size: 11.5" x 14", $90 + $9 S & H