Drawing for Wood Engraving

I painted this image with acrylic long time ago. I liked the composition so I decided to recreate the same image with wood engraving. As the first step, I flipped the image and recreated the image with ink. It was kind of hard to create the image with only black and white. The grays would be manipulated with the density and thickness of lines. But I need to have this value mapping in front of me when I curve. Of course the value patterns will change, but at least I have some guide lines.

Last night..until 2 o’clock in the morning…and all day today I worked on the wood. I am obsessed! But I do not know when I can finish this.

ink on paper 6.25″ x 4.75″

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I placed three old glass Christmas Ornaments in the antique green bawl. They are beautiful together. But the metal part of the ball is rather heavy and three balls do not like to start up right. When I try to take a picture, they turn around and the metal parts go down. It was quite hard to keep like the way I painted.

Acrylic on Gessoed board. 7″ x 5″

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New Marble

It is a beautiful day. I can not believe that we need to be inside of the house. But even I who go out and check out everything stay home. The only time I go out is to buy something. I got a mountain of food today and a case of beer! We are going to work on our back yard when the sun is getting down. The mosquitos are not out yet…so perfect time! Then we go to our screened pouch and drink some beer. We are going to make our limited life as fun as possible…Oh! I just got a new marble. It is slightly larger than others but very pretty. It will show up in my painting a lot in the future.


Acrylic on gessoed board. 5″ x 7″

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Christmas in South

We are staying home more than 10 days. Since all classes became on line, it was a very busy week to take care of the transitions. Finally everything started to settle down and I find a little time to finish this image. We are not sure if the Piccolo Spoleto Festival show will be held this year or not. But I just found out I will be in the Christmas in South show. So I am going to start painting many Christmas Ornaments now on. Someone asked me before if I get bored to paint same objects. To me all paintings are different and I enjoy painting any thing shiny.

Acrylic on gessoed board. 7″ x 5″

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Dream of colors

I found a tiny kaleidoscope my parents bought for me. It was in one of the boxes I set aside for later cleaning. The images were so clean and beautiful. I forgot the time passing by and just keep looking at the dream like colors.

Acrylic on gessoed board. 5″ x 5″

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Jurassic Park

I have just read Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton. It was quite entertaining. So I added a little dinosaur to my painting. I do not remember where this little guy came from, but just sitting on my desk for a while…like 20 years….my goodness…I am surrounded by so many little things and love them.

Acrylic on gessoed board. 5″ x 7″

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Old bottles

I found this red bottle at one of the antique store in downtown Charleston a few years ago. Love at the first sight! It does not matter whatever it is, a person or an object, our inner core touched each other’s. Then the small green showed up. It is wonderful!

Acrylic on Gessoed board. 12″ x 9″

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Quiet corner in my room

It is raining all day today. Weather forecast says Tomorrow will be very cold. It may turn into snow…so they say. I will make a good cup of tea and read my new book then.


Acrylic on Gessoed ¬†Board. 12″ x 12″

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Long time ago, I read “Lost Horizon” by James Hilton. Time to time the image of this incredible sanctuary comes back to my mind. This is my ultimate dream. This might be the reason I kept painting flowers.

Acrylic on illustration board. 8″ x 7″

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Wood engraving

I am learning the technique for the wood engraving. At this point, I am in the mist. I do not know where I am nor where I am going. But at least I am having a fun. It will be great if I can take some workshops for printing itself.

wood engraving. 7″ x 5″

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