Grace in 2014

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Beyond (watercolor) I sat on the corner of the bed, eyes and nose watery from a possible cold. That’s not how I hope to start New Year. But I know that that is exactly where God wants me to be…right where He is. To hold fast to Him. To rely on His grace. To spend time with Him. Not blindly nod on another selfish commitment or overwhelm myself with lists. God wants me to rest in Him alone. To discard the pleasures of this world … Read More

Merry Christmas!

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“Poinsettia” in watercolor My brother and I rode a jeep to attend worship service one Sunday morning. There were no passengers inside except for a little boy. He was wearing a long worn shirt that touches his knee. His bare feet and hands covered in grime. He held a box wrapped with festive paper scribbled with the word donations on top. While we gave him something I ponder about Christmas. Like the little boy we are all covered with the grime, … Read More

Review: Montval Torchon Watercolor Paper

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Montval Torchon watercolor paper by Canson Infinity I thought of using another product of Canson which is the Montval Torchon watercolor paper for a personal project. The weight of the paper is 270 gsm and it has a snowy appearance like texture. It gives a bumpy feel when touch and opens up like a pad. Snowy surface To test the paper I painted some scenes. 65: Flowery The paper suits my loose style of painting which is mostly wet into wet with minimal details. … Read More

Why I want to learn how to create and sell digital products

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 Course poster Digital products are convenient and versatile. For example I don’t need to make several identical pieces of watercolor background just to cater to a number of clients but I can work on just one piece and it can benefit even more people. It can also be used over and over again. Since we are talking about digital the audience reach is worldwide. In the past I have bought some digital products like eBook tutorials and I also have accumulated a lot of free digital … Read More

51: Orange Clouds

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Orange Clouds I have been painting skies and landscape for almost two weeks now. I pair those two elements together because a landscape appreciates a sky and vice versa. It is challenging to paint skies because there is a tendency to overwork things and therefore run the risk of ruining a painting. What I learned from this practice is to paint wet into wet to achieve those softened or feathery edges of the clouds. Leave enough white space using negative painting … Read More

50: Rock of Ages

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Rock of Ages Our God is a strong tower, a shelter for us in need. He is the Rock of Ages for He is our strength, our deliverer, our healer, our life, our portion. Mighty is God for His Name is above all names and His love endures forever. I am reminded of a snippet of the “Great I AM” song: The mountains shake before You the demons run and flee At the mention of the name King of Majesty … Read More

49: Overlooking

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Overlooking The process of painting these days involves drawing a squarish looking box on sketchbook as a guide before painting right away without any initial sketching. There is a certain feeling of freedom when I use Yellow Ochre to draw the horizon before dabbing the clouds with a mix of Cobalt Blue and Burnt Sienna. The experience reminiscent to lying on the beach with eyes closed listening to the soft waves–painting is relaxing. I just want to keep on learning by doing and trusting and … Read More

48: Yellow Green Patch

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Yellow Green Patch I am still doing the 500 paintings challenge. The progress is slow but I paint whenever possible. I also begin to use some reference photos from Paint My Photo for some of my landscape paintings since I have only a few photos of them. This month is also called Paint Along October for Dana and I (plus you) as we will be painting daily for 30 days. It doesn’t have to be finished pieces or daily or perfect works of art. The important thing … Read More

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