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

The 500 Paintings Challenge

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I started painting daily on May 2012 for almost 30 days  together with other artists. After that we painted again for about 30 days on Feb 2013. I’ve learned a lot since then but it wasn’t enough. This year will be different. I am challenging myself to paint 500 paintings. The goal and the why– Use my own photos and find local subjects: I’ve often use photos of others (with permission) as subjects for my paintings. I might be eager to paint them … Read More

Painting Daily Day 25

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Today I am gently reminded by God through letters from our sponsored child, Chen-Chen. She said that we must always be happy even if we have problems. Be happy not sad. Her birthday is coming up. This painting is my gift to her. She has just graduated from elementary and will be starting high school soon. We are so happy and excited for her new journey. Thankful to God that we can be a blessing to this child through our … Read More

Painting Daily Day 24

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“Brushes and Watercolor Paints” in watercolor In my life as an Artist I have learned that there are two kinds of struggle. Happy struggle and sad struggle. Both struggles experience difficulty, suffering, hurt– all the bad stuffs. But the happy struggle chooses to turn all the bad stuffs into good stuffs. It turns it into a learning. A blessing. A point to start over. Refreshed. A chance to make it up on lost time. Meanwhile the sad struggle chooses to … Read More

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