Autumn

We did not go anywhere for a while. We just stayed home like any other person in the world. But when the anticipation of Autumn is in the air, I feel like “it is a time, let’s go somewhere. Let’s check out something wonderful and eat something good!” I don’t have much courage to go to the crowded area yet, but walking in the woods would be inspiring.

Acrylic on wooden panes. 12″ x 12″

 

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Moving on

I went to Hobby Lobby to buy some boards. There are already Christmas Ornaments in several isles. Usually I ignore those too early items. But somehow this year, I welcomed those colorful ornaments. I am ready to move on to the new chapter of my life. I believe everybody does.

Acrylic on Wood Panel. 8″ x 6″

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Taking a picture of my painting

When I finished a painting, I take a picture in the shade outside as other artists do. Since I spray plenty of varnish on my painting, it is quite hard to take a good image because of the shiny surface by vanish. I tilt the panel. I take pictures from all different directions. If I can get one good image out of 15 images, I am lucky. This is the struggles I go through every time when I finish a painting. Then I manipulate the image using Photoshop so that the image can maintain the original appearance. If the image is small like this one, it is rather easy, but when the image is large, it will be a nightmare to avoid the shinny parts. Now I am getting better with Photoshop, but still I encounter many problems.

Acrylic on Wood Panel. 8″ x 6″

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Casein paints

I painted this image with Casein paints. Casein is the milk based paints. I have never used this before simply because I never knew such a thing existing. My friend Judy called me a couple month ago and told me there would be a competition for Casein paintings. I pay $50 for this entry and they send me a set of paints, paper, and brushes. OK I thought, it would be fun. Since I was busy…I always have an excuse….I did not touch these paints until I read the e-mail notifying me the deadline would be in a few days. OK I thought again and started to paint as I usually do with acrylic. Since I did not like the paper they sent me, I replace it with my favorite multi media board. Until I used this Casein I thought all paints in tubes are not much different. I was wrong! This paints do not have much elasticity and just chalky! Judy told me that the Casein medium will help a bit. I do not think so! I used just water to thin down the paints so that I can apply to the paper surface.

After a bagful of my complaining, I realized my fault. Since the tubes are quite large, I automatically believed that this paints should be applied like acrylic or oil. But if I used this like using water color or gouache, then this would have worked much better. Anyway I finished the casein painting. Oh!…the finished painting surface and paints are so mat…I sprayed the varnish. Colors became darker and deeper than not using the spray.

 

Casein on illustration board.  7″ x 7 5/8″

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Acrylic paints

I went to the local art store a few month ago. I do not remember what was the reason I was there for. But I found so many acrylic paints from many unknown companies. I am sure there are quite famous, but I seldom check the new products, so I do not know anything about them. Anyway I was excited and purchase many tubes…some of them are not even in tube…. plastic bags?  When I was cleaning my work area yesterday I found those totally forgotten acrylics. Awesome! I am going to play with them today.

Acrylic on wood panel. 8″ x 6″

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From Debbie

My friend Debbie gave me her grandmother’s glass.  I am not sure if this glass is wine glass, vintage champaign glass, or something else. But it sure is pretty. I was shaken with joy when I found those beautiful glasses in a package from her. Thank you Debbie. I finally found the doily for this glass and painted the first version.

Acrylic on wood panel. 6″ x 8″

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Christmas in south

I have just received a letter notifying me the cancelation of “Christmas in South” Show. This is unavoidable cancellation. But each time I receive the letter of this kind, I just shake my head and try not to be sad. This year turned out to be tough one for everybody.

8″ x 6″   Acrylic on Wood Panel

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Spring of the eternal youth

This is the line mapping for my next wood engraving. I tried to simplify my original sketch, but I do not think that I know what the simplification means. Now I am engraving this…and the scary thing is I am enjoying the intricate lines.

When I am curving those skinny lines, I think about a lot of things. Most of the time I think about the values and textures. Sometimes I walk down my memory lane and think about people I know and met. It will be fun if I can meet them in the spring of the eternal youth and go over our new path again.

 

Ink on paper      7″ x 5″

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Video

I made a video about the glazing with the acrylic paints for my painting class. It was a quite challenge to me. But I thought it turned out to be OK. When I tried to post the video to my class site, I realized it was too large…..My painting had been already glazed. …”Oh, No!!!” I hit my cheeks with both of my hands like a boy in the Christmas movie. I needed a new underpainting for glazing demo. So I painted another achromatic image for my second video. But this time I became a little brighter, I made my video in two segments. ….But one of them turned out to be still too long! I really needed a strong cup of tea and a big slice of fruit cake. Anyway, I did the third try with the second image which was already glazed…and done!

This is the first image for my glazing video. I am learning….slowly…but learning. It is a good thing I believe.

Acrylic on wood panel   6″ x 6″

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Wood Engraving

I enjoy the wood engraving. The process itself has some magical effect on me. I need to convert the image into the black and white combinations. Thickness, directions, and length of the lines create all kind of values and textures. That is quite different from pen and ink drawing. Instead of just draw and see what happens attitude, I need to plan two or three steps ahead almost like playing a chess game. It is probably because I am a baby printmaker and do not have much experience. I have much to learn about this new media.

I also have a big challenge. I do not have a clue about the printing itself. I know at least what kind of paper do not work, because they did not work when I printed. I am in quest to find the right paper for me. Unfortunately, because of the current situation, I can not go to the Artist and Craftsman art supply store and pick up several different paper. I tried all different paper I have at home but they are not quite good enough. I like to try thin but strong Japanese paper next.

Wood Engraving   6.25″ x 5″

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