China Doll

My husband and I went to an antique store a few days ago. This pretty doll was standing at the corner of the dark shelf. I had to have her.

Acrylic on Watercolor board   7″ x 6.5″

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After Spoleto Festival

It was such a wonderful experience to participate in the Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibit in Charleston, South Carolina. Everybody was so kind and delightful. I had a great time meeting many people. Thank you very much everybody! Oh! I also received the 1st place for my painting. Unbelievable!!

After 17 days of Festival, I feel like a balloon which lost a lot of air. I know that I need to start working on a new painting because I developed many ideas. But somehow I am not doing anything yet. At least I finished the bottle painting which I started for the festival. It might be a bit too late, but I finished it! I feel very lazy.

Acrylic on Watercolor Board   6 1/2″ x 6 3/4″

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Hollyhock

When I was a little kid, my mother bought me a toy garden. It consisted of a lot of different plants, flowers, and all other garden necessities. It was quite delicate and detailed. The flower parts are separated from green stem parts. I could attach any flowers to any plants. I have not seen this beautiful and rather sophisticated toys in anywhere. As the matter of fact, as far as I know, I was the only child who had this toy in my neighborhood. I was kind of obsessed by this garden for a quite long time. By press the center of the flat plants with the needle type tool into the hole of the ground, it stand up and ready to accept the flower parts.  There were at least twenty different flowers and shrubs. The hollyhocks were my favorite tall flowers in my little garden. I always planted…placed the hollyhocks next to the fence and then somehow placed the tulips in front. Then place the rose bush. Of course one side is with yellow flowers and the other with pink. There were also small bricks which was probably a half of the finger nail size. They could be used to border the flower bed or walk way. It was such a beautiful garden I created. It is very strange to recall such a long time ago memory….much more than a half century ago.  The Hollyhock became a time machine and sent me back to be a seven years old kid again.

Acrylic on Watercolor Board   5″ x 6.25″

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Translucent

I am not quite sure what is the name of this plant. I thought that it might be “Nandina”. But “Nandina” is not translucent. Anyway, when I saw this plant I thought about the glass marbles I love to paint. But unlike the glass marbles when the light goes through these beautiful red berries, they glow and create unearthy colors. They are the Nature’s fancy jewel.

Acrylic on Watercolor Board  6″ x 6″

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Apple flowers

I started to paint landscape, but end up with apple flowers again. They are just beautiful. If you look at them very carefully, they have all kind of colors. Especially green, light violet, and pink are breath taking. They are the flowers of dream. I am waiting for Spring.

Acrylic on Illustration Board  8″ x 8″

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Clive Cussler and old bottles

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Last weekend we went to Summerville for lunch. On the way back home we stopped by one of the antique stores and found a few bottles. This ink bottle is one of them. The cobalt blue is so pretty and goes well with other colors.  Of course I set old and new bottles for later paintings and took many pictures, almost like a kid playing with dolls. It was a fun.

When I paint, I usually listen to the audio novels. Somebody told me that it is not a good idea listening to music when we create images. Well…it is OK with me. Right now I am listening to the novel by Clive Cussler. His outrageous stories are fun and keep me going. Somehow he usually set Japanese in the bad side. Oh Well…somebody need to be bad…Anyway, listening to his crazy story and painting colorful glass bottles, I melt into Setsuko’s dream land. It is nice!

Acrylic on Illustration Board   7″ x 7″

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Climbing Roses

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The background color of this painting is dark green. I was fixing with Photoshop, but I changed my mind. When I started to tweak the image, something else always go wrong. So black is it.

I worked in my backyard today. It is a mess. Since spring is almost here. I need to work hard and prepare for the blooming season. This winter was so warm that my climbing roses are just about ready to bloom. When the hurricane hit us last fall, we needed to cut a large tree and trim back this climbing rose. We were kind of worried about the blooms. But it is full of buds now. It will be beautiful.

Compared with the apple flowers I posted today, this climbing rose is hard to paint. It will be good if I paint the tree from distance, but small and multi petal flower with white color does not have gayety for zooming up image I think. May be I should light up the tree at night and see what will happen.

 

Acrylic on Illustration Board  7.5″ x 12″

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