Dreaming of Summer

It is so cold outside. I filled up the bird feeder in our backyard and made a cup of tea. Of course, my tea had to come with a slice of the Southern Style Red Velvet cake. It was good. Then I painted this Canna. A queen of the summer backyard. I think that I am always looking for something which I do not have….warmer weather.

Acrylic on Bristol   6.25″ x 8.5″

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Christmas cookies

I baked many cookies for my husband’s kids yesterday. I mean children in his art classes. Whenever I bake cookies, I feel like Christmas is coming. I turned on the stereo for Christmas music and baked one kind to the other. Yes, we still have the stereo with huge speakers on the both sides of the unit. Anyway it was fun.  Today, I am going to clean the flower bed in front of the house and plant some pansies.

Acrylic on Illustration Board. 7.5″ x 8.5″

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I have a cup of coffee in my hand and thinking about this year. It will be soon the past. How many times I went through this process? But it is always good to anticipate new year. I feel like I got another chance to start all over again.

Acrylic on Illustration Board. 8″ x 8″

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It is finally the fall. The weather might not be cool yet, but definitely it is here. I found these pretty pumpkins at the grocery store yesterday, and could not refuse to take home with me. They are so pretty, much prettier than the orange ones….. well… they are also nice too! Actually I might get them …… I love the autumn.

Acrylic on Watercolor Board  9″ x 5″

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Old family photographs

I was scanning our old family photographs a few days ago. Some people I know, some I don’t. There are so many of them and a quite few are over 100 years old. My goodness, will somebody look at me in a photograph 100 years later and wonder who I am? Anyway, I painted some of them and thought about those known and unknown people. When I was looking those images very carefully, very strange feeling stared in my mind. I almost could hear what they were talking about and see the way they were getting ready to be taken their images. I really thought that I heard the conversation between them and a photographer as well as the background sounds. If people can travel the time, this is the closest thing I can experienced.

Acrylic on watercolor board  8″ x 7 3/4″

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Whenever I do not know what to paint next, I have a tendency of taking out my fabrics with stripes. Especially blue one! Probably because I learned how to use colors and edges through striped material when I was a college student. You do not worry about anything but just follow the formula and before you know it, a painting is done. This magical feeling is what I am looking for .. I guess. I really do not know what to paint! I need to have some visual excitement!

Acrylic on watercolor board  7″ x 8″

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Tree Park

I painted so many images of the tree park where I take a walk just about everyday. The light and shadow change the appearance of the passage ways quite dramatically. Last time when I encountered the beautiful play of the light and shadow, I run back to my home and pick up my camera to capture the wonder of the nature.  But when I went back to the location, all are gone. Wow! I missed it! This is another image which I was lucky enough to capture and be able to recreate.

Acrylic on Watercolor Board   14.5″ x 6″

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