Work has been quite hectic this week, so no painting for the week. Instead let me share a photo of me in front of my work at the Microsoft Employee Art Exhibit!
I am going on another workshop this weekend, this time for plein air painting.
At the show, originally uploaded by flyingroc.
Anyway, I'm entering this into a local art show. Wish me luck.
I signed up to the daily paintworks website and my goal is to post at least painting a week and put it up for auction. I'm not really sure if people will buy my work or not, but I am hoping to run this experiment for a few months.
I'm trying to apply what I learned from the workshop into my acrylic paintings. I added an orange, and naples yellow (hue) to my palette; and also started using pthalo blue again.
But I think what's most useful to me from the workshop was Qiang's lighting system. Switching to halogen lights makes a huge difference. Also, frankly, I thought Qiang's "north light filter" was a gimmick, but it actually works really well.
Snack Time, originally uploaded by flyingroc.
Last day of the workshop. We painted in the morning, and in the afternoon Qiang talked about the business aspects of painting. I am not selling my paintings yet, but it was an interesting talk. As I said goodbye to him he said "I hope to see your work in galleries one day." I'm sure he was just being polite but I was so flattered I was nervously laughing like a moron.
Time for Coffee, originally uploaded by flyingroc.
I entitled this community gathering because I imagine all the objects clustering around to chitchat. In the same way as this community of artists gathered around in the workshop. I really feel like I've benefited so much from this, and there's still one day to go!
(he helped me a little bit with the bottle, and a lot with the composition)
Went on a fun trip to Alaska with my friends Rob and August. The area we went to, the Kenai Fjords peninsula is really stunning.
I didn't want to lug around a bunch of painting gear, so I brought a couple of sketchbooks and some watercolor. I must admit, watercolor is not my favorite painting medium. I still like the way this one came out though.
View from the cabin, Cooper's Landing, originally uploaded by flyingroc.
Earlier in the day, it was pretty cloudy, and I set out to paint the typical Pacific Northwest scene. A lot of clouds, and a lot of green.
I'm happy to report that this painting got accepted to the Microsoft Employee Art Exhibit! It will be exhibited along with about 40 other work by other Microsoft employees at the Microsoft Commons area.
Three pears, originally uploaded by flyingroc.
This was the last of my paintings for my oil painting class. I really enjoyed the class; technically, I still have one class left this Wednesday, but I'm going to go on a trip to Alaska with a couple friends! I don't think I'll bring my painting gear, but I hope to get a sketch or two in.
Clowns, originally uploaded by flyingroc.
According to flickr, this is the 100th painting I've added to my "paintings" set. I think I've gotten better at this painting thing.
It's been a little bit over 2 years ago that I took my first painting class. I've been obsessed ever since. Hopefully I can keep improving.
In a Bowl, originally uploaded by flyingroc.