Favorite Paintings 2019: Republic

Going to Republic Washington Was the best painting trip of 2019. One benefit of joining a painting group is that you get to travel to places that you might not have thought to go to if painting by yourself. The small town of Republic is north and somewhat geographically center of the state of Washington. 

The hilly landscape is different from the rain soaked coniferous forests of the Puget Sound, but also different from the arid vistas of Eastern Washington.

I had such a great time painting there, I hope I could go back again. I even sold a painting! I never got to take a good picture of it, but here it is:

The people in Republic were nice and welcoming. One of the highlights was meeting this guy who was riding a mustang that he caught and then raised himself! A real life cowboy.

 When things get back to normal, a painting trip is definitely in the cards for me.

Favorite Paintings 2019: Arboretum Path

This was a painting done during a paint out with Plein Air Washington Artists group. I really miss painting with my artist friends. This path at the Seattle Arboretum has been the inspiration for many a local painter, including Jane Wallis's award winning painting

At the time I was still trying to figure out how to carry my painting setup on my bike. There's my bicycle with my painting gear, with another painting from the same day. 

It's been quite rainy during the weekends lately, so I haven't yet gotten on my bike to paint this year. The coronavirus has also made logistics a bit tricky with the bathroom situation, but I hope I get the chance to go bike and paint soon!

2019 Paintings Retrospective

I set out to do 100 paintings in 2019. It was a big challenge, and I just managed to do my 100th painting on December 30. I put together a highlight video of some of my favorites. Enjoy:

This was more of challenge than I thought initially, even though most of these were really small paintings. But I feel like I've really improved as an artist by taking on this challenge. I'm a big believer in brush miles; that your work improves just by doing a lot of it. And I've been quite gratified to hear some of my friends actually tell me that my art has visibly improved as they followed my journey on Facebook.

In addition to practice, I've also taken lessons from Jim Lamb, Darrell Anderson, gotten some great advice from Jamie Bollenbach, and even online critiques from Phil Starke. One thing I've learned landscape-wise is to not just work on making far things look far via aerial perspective, but also to try to make near things look near, with values, color, and even thickness of paint.

I'm trying to start blogging more regularly again; I think I'll start by talking about some of the works that I enjoyed the most from last year's series in the next few weeks.