Sunday, July 31, 2011


6"x6", oil on gesso board

How do I make an interesting painting with just two tomatoes?
What color will be good for the wall and floor?
To go analogous, or to go complementary:
that is the question: whether they are nobler in the mind to suffer......
I am no Hamlet, but I am a serious painter.
Every beginning of painting is like I am just stepping a white room to find my way into problems. I don't yet know what I am trying to solve and how I am going to solve them.
After all, I enjoyed to paint these tomatoes and making a composition. The translucent surface of tomato is quite intriguing to paint.
The title for this painting is " Tension ". I sense the tension between two tomatoes.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

9"x12", oil on canvas board

I hesitate to post this painting because this painting is one of those quite experimental, problematic and not quite resolved yet with composition, color balance, brush me.
Seems like I am treating paintings as labor instead of free flowing creative activity lately.
In this painting, the first problem I have created was adding the reddish background behind the apple. Somehow, I like to add some geometric shapes to the still life painting. Then work with red, I used yellow green on the flowers.


Saturday, July 23, 2011

"Unfinished Symphony - Roses in B minor"

6"x6", oil on canvas board

I started this painting a week ago over the old painting mostly of BG and RV. I thought that I had to work a lot more on this painting. But I reached at the point where I was not happy about losing the beneath colors from the old painting.
So I stopped because I didn't know what to do.
Now roses are gone. Also time went by. I am getting more comfortable with this "Unfinished" painting.
I tend to over work lately, I am going to call this painting finished as "Unfinished". The title of this painting would be "Unfinished Symphony" or "Roses in B minor"?
This painting remind me of Franz Schubert's "Unfinished Symphony" (Symphony No. 8 in B minor)

It is a small painting after all. There are plenty of roses waiting to be painted.
In the future....
I might like to adopt the painting process of painting by layers .

Friday, July 22, 2011


5"x7", oil on canvas board

I did a this setup on the lawn in my back yard. I wanted to paint this under the natural lighting. Blazing afternoon sun made a poor daisy facing the sun wilt right away.
It was lot easier for me to paint outdoor. I didn't feel like going into the detail which indoor still life setting often delude me. Also with the rapid lighting changes, prevent overworking which is most beneficial for my obsessive mind.

Friday, July 8, 2011

"What I Paint With"

6"x6", oil on gesso board

I did this painting for this week's DPW challenge.
I painted over the old painting, mostly Red and Green. The handle of the knife, the shadow of the paint tube, the bright Red and dark Green areas are undisturbed from the old painting.
It has turned out to be a fun process of the making a painting.
The choice of the Green and Red handle brushes was made to work with Red and Green of the old painting. The new color added were Blue and White, which are the color of the paint tube.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

"Bougainvillea "

6"x6", oil on gesso board

I love beautiful hot, flaming Bougainvillea during fiery hot, dry summer days.