Saturday, April 30, 2011

"NYC Girl"

8"x10", oil on canvas

This painting is done for "This Week's DPW Challenge: The NYC Lady Challenge"
A reference photo was provided by DailyPaintWorks(DWP).
My main concern for this painting was to give abstract quality to the background reflecting the shape of her jacket and long diagonals created by her leg and the white ruffles, so pulls the viewer's eye to the object which she is focusing.
I used the warm and cool grey palette.

Reference Photo

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

"Wild Pink Flowers "

6"x6", oil on gesso board

It is spring time in LA.
All the hills are covered with wild flowers: poppies, ice plant, daisies... I picked some pink flowers for my daily painting while I was walking dogs this morning.
For this painting, I added some graphic elements to the back ground. Also I used split complementary colors; Red Violet to BlueGreen and YellowGreen. It was quite challenge to do this painting. Subtle change of color and values in the flower, composition and design, hue and value ... evreything.

My puppies, Lucia and Sydney taking nap.
(Sydney is male, Lucia,small one, female)

Friday, April 22, 2011

"Red Roof "

10"x8", oil on canvas board
I'd like to share a painting I did on one Saturday for a month ago. This is a view from the hill at Pierce college looking down San Fernando valley toward North.
I live far at the mountain ridge on the right top corner of this painting.
I feel good with this painting, still I think I treated too literally. While I was painting this, I was thinking Cezanne. I am quite interested in Cezanne's composition. I wonder that any influence of Cezanne has reflected in this painting. Well....

I love the beginning of this painting posted below. It has spontaneity and abstracted quality I always seek. I labored hours more from this stage. On such a small size of surface. Why!?

Below is a photo I took that afternoon. My painting is done in one afternoon on the spot, not painted from the photo at all. But see how exact my painting is to this photo. It is scary!!
Only thing I did is I tried to frame the camera as same as my painting when I was taking the photo.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Friday, April 15, 2011


6"x6", oil on gesso board
I am quite happy with this painting; The composition, reflextion makes this painting unique, I think. The mix of realism and abstractness of suface is creating allegory.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

"Azalea IV"

11"x14", oil on canvas board

It is so interesting to see the gradual changes from the first painting "Azalea I". I am going to do more of this approach from now on. I was excited when I added Red into back ground. ( I didn't have any Red in my setting)

Friday, April 1, 2011

"Azalea I"

9"x12", oil on canvas board

Recently, I am trying to do the different approach with composition and colors in my painting. More abstaction rather than just copying what is there. I am quite happy with this first painting of Azalea. So I did three more paintings of Azalea.