I started to painting 30″ x 30″ landscape painting. I used to paint this size or much larger quite a lot. But these days the smaller size is more preferable to me. When I make mistakes or like to change its composition, I can do that without so much pain. But now I am gradually shifting toward the lager in dimensions and relearning the different approaches. Do I like it? I do not know…but very frustrated to cover such a large area. I want to take a break and paint a smaller size instead. But if I stop then I will never go back to the larger size…so I am keep working on it. I hope that I will post the result very soon on this blog.
This painting is done a couple weeks ago and waiting for a total dryness. When an acrylic painting is covered with a layer of varnish, it is a good idea to dry for a while.
Acrylic on Gessoed Board. 6″ x 6″
I did not think so much about where the marbles go when I set this composition. There is no unity concerning to the color. But it turned out to be fun.
Acrylic on the Gessoed Board. 12″ x 12″
I started to use a gessoed board and like this kind very much. Instead of simple thin board, this has the back supports. Because I really like what I experienced, I purchased totally 9 more panels which sizes are up to 12″ x 16″. I sanded and gessoed 5 layers, the panels became very smooth and easy to add the details. It was a quite job to prepare all 9 of them but it was worth spending the whole day working for my painting supports. Oh! I also can paint side of the panels because I gessoed them too. The patterns of this pink strips continue to the four sides of the panel and requires no frame. How cool is that!
Acrylic on gessoed board. 6″ x 6″
Acrylic on Gessoed Board 16″ x 12″
I started to go to the antique and vintage auctions these days. The specific one I go lasts just about all day. There are so many interesting objects. Gradually I started to talk with some people who are usually the antique dealers. They are very kind and bored, and often give me much information about everything. This is better than going to school I think…anyway, I purchased quite a lot of things in this auction. Most of them are absolutely no use for everyday life but fun to see. This glass candle holder is one of the pair I purchased a couple weeks ago. It is not old but Irish crystal and very pretty. After I painted this image, I do not know what to do with it. I just need to paint more with this.
I also bought a hundred and fifty years old tea cup and plates. I guess three or four generations of family members cherished this set and now I am lucky enough to admire this beauty in my hand. This tea cup was made in England February 1871 and carried to Charleston, and now in a hand of a Japanese painter….interesting!
Acrylic on Illustration Board. 8″ x 12″
I love to eat a banana split.
Acrylic on Illustration Board. 12″ x 6″
I dreamed of painting the images with powerful brushstrokes for a long time. But finally I became a peace with my very realistic approach because brushstrokes are not for my way of painting. I think that I am an illustrator rather than a painter. I like to talk about something through my painting. It sounds a bit strange when you see my bottles and marbles. But I am always chattering about something … like “Look at this blue bottle….Can you see the blue light through the bottle hitting the red marble and changed its color to violet? Or can you see the reflection of the stripes on everything? Look at a marble which is ready to roll off the picture plane. What I like to talk about is usually not significantly anything, but just small chattering. I realized that I do not like anybody to admire the brushstrokes, instead look at all details and listen to my chattering or contemplations. My goodness, I am a talker.
This is my little secret garden. I usually do not like a wildness, rather like the civilized nature…or garden. The landscape image I like to paint is not a reality….somehow surrealistic. The image between the reality and dream is the most interesting subject matter to talk about. What am I talking about in this image? No birds are singing…No air is moving….no indication of the time of the day….total quietness….not lonely…not sad nor happy…..just standing there and feeling a total contemplation with life itself.
Acrylic on Illustration Board. 10 3/4″ x 7 3/4”