Thursday, July 29, 2010

"A Promise"

Oil on Gessoed Masonite

Before I posted this, I had to think about how this painting came about, even though I only started it two days ago, changed it, let it sit there and finished it today. Then I remember it was a landscape with a big Agave in front and a graceful Mesquite tree in the back and a strip of light in between the two. I still have the picture in my file, but come to think of it, it's really not bad, but I started over and here it is. 
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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

"A Day In November"

Oil on Gessoed Masonite

This piece evolved from a presentational to a non-presentational. I found that it is easier to "switch" from one to the other, rather than to start an abstract from nowhere, which I do sometimes, because quite often I end up losing the freshness and the momentum. The images in the mind are hard to hold, and the paint, once on the canvas, solidifies the image; one has no choice but to keep going, innovate and know how and when to quit.

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Saturday, July 24, 2010

My Recent Small Paintings

Route 66, 6x6
Oil on Gessoed Masonite

"Red Friday", 6x6
Oil on Gessoed Masonite

I painted these two paintings one after the other.

I'm loving the small panels because I can paint quite quickly and spontaneously with lots of paints. Modifying and doing over are quite easy. They can also provide me a feel of what bigger paintings with the same theme can look like.

Today, for the record, I set up an ebay store to sell my small paintings. I don't know how it'll go, so I'm a little nervous. I don't really know what my paintings are worth and what the market is like. There are tons of paintings out there, some are originals, some are copies. But I know that if I keep on painting and get better everyday, some people might appreciate my work. I have everything to gain, especially, by doing it, as an incentive to keep painting. Wish me luck! I will soon put these up to my ebay store when I sum up courage. Please come visit!

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

"The Merchant", 6x6
Oil on Gessoed Masonite

The fun thing about painting Abstract is "walking" without knowing where you're going. "Walking in Beauty", as a very dear friend of mine used to say, is the journey we all embark upon. There's no one path that isn't worthy of traveling. At the end, then, like this painting, it is how we make it better by changing, eliminating, and choosing a view.

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Saturday, July 17, 2010

"A Pair of Pears" by Li Mahalik

This pair of pears took me longer to paint than it should have. They are fairly light in color in life with very little red (yes, I picked them, duh), even when I used the spot light, the shades were still quite light. It was a disaster this morning when I looked at it. Then, I went back and made a few attempts to darken the shades. I think I've learned my lessens.

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Thursday, July 15, 2010

"Peaches and Cream" by Li Mahalik

Oil on Panel, 8x6
After painted a larger version of this, I went back to paint this smaller one to see how I could do better. The pink and white blossoms were a challenge because it was hard to see where one tree ends and the other begins. I discovered that once we notice the subtle change in shades we can exaggerate the values and colors to make it more painterly. This one is far from perfect, but I've learned an invaluable lessen from doing it.

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Sunday, July 11, 2010

Oil on Canvas, 8x10 July 2010 #2

This painting is painted from an image in my mind, with mostly a palette knife and a brush.

I'm getting better with using the palette knife, like how and what to paint first, and the usage of dark color to light color, etc. I think I'll explore this technique more often because I really enjoy doing it. It's more like painting the abstract which I've always enjoyed doing.

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Friday, July 9, 2010

Lost Dutchman's Mine
Oil on Canvas, 14x18

Just finished this larger version of the painting I did a week ago. It has a lot more detail and took me a lot more time to paint comparing the sizes. I don't know which one is better, the big one or the small one. But each attempt teaches me a lot, and this one, about the contrast and the values of colors.

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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

"In the Blue"
Oil on Panel, 8x10

This is a quick study of a beautiful bush out in the front yard of my house.

Everyday when the sun is setting, casting the shadow of a handsome elm tree on my neighbor Dorothy's lawn, this bush with little delicate white flowers on it's long, wispy stems seems to sing with amazing grace against the deep blue across the street.

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