Thursday, September 18, 2014

Three Little Eggs

Oil on linen on panel, 6 x 6 inches --

We have several pet chickens, and we get fresh eggs from them. These are the eggs from our three little chicks. We got these chicks from a local feed store this spring, and they are about five months old. They recently started laying eggs. These are closed to the actual colors. Since these chicks are still young and smaller than the other hens, their eggs are smaller than the ones by their big sisters. The blue-green egg is from Kara the Ameraucana chicken, and her egg is still a half of average size.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Apple and Grapes

Oil on linen on panel, 6 x 6 inches -- Click here to bid

This is another apple from our apple tree, and these grapes are from our garden. I like the white yeast coating the grapes, giving them a velvet-like look. It disappears after handling or washing. So the store-bought fruits usually don't have this effect. I love the semi-translucency of some reddish grapes. Initially, there wasn't a red grape on the right. But I decided to add it for color, and to create a classic triangle composition. 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Rocks in the Garden

Oil on linen on panel, 6 x 6 inches -- Click here to bid

I love collecting rocks and putting them in our yard. This is a study of rocks in our garden. I was intrigued by the reflected light on the rocks. I had to keep the painting session brief because the sun light was moving and the shadows on the rocks were changing radically.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Little Cabin with White Door

Oil on linen on panel, 6 x 6 inches -- Click here to bid

I painted this at my artist friend's home. She invited a bunch of us to paint in her garden. She really takes a good care of her flowers.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Green Apple & Silver Pitcher

Oil on linen on panel, 6 x 6 inches -- Click here to bid

This is an apple from our apple tree in the backyard. It was so windy the other day that a large part of this tree broke off, splitting from the trunk. A bunch of apples are still on the branches. There were probably too many apples and the tree could not support the weight. So I decided to paint this apple to celebrate the tree. I used a silver pitcher to create reflections of the apple, and to make the composition more interesting.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Horse in front of White Mountain Peak

Oil on linen on panel, 6 x 6 inches -- SOLD

I painted this in Bishop, CA, earlier. The horse was not staying still for me to finish painting. But I tried anyway. Fortunately I had a camera with me, and took several reference photos before the horse disappeared. So I touched it up after I got back from the trip.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Horses at the Riders Club

Oil on linen on panel, 6 x 6 inches -- SOLD

There are a study of the horses I painted at the riders club in Roslyn, WA. Then, I made horses more three dimensional in the studio, while softening or losing some edges. I like the light and shadow in this scene.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

White Cabin by the Pond

Oil on canvas on panel, 6 x 6 inches -- SOLD

This is a piece I painted at the Sunnyside Park in Pullman, WA, before, then touched up in the studio today. The sun was getting low, casting long shadows on the rolling hills. I simplified the light patterns and shadow patterns in my composition, as it was already busy with a lot of stuff going on in the scene.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Sunflowers No. 3

Oil on hardboard, 7 x 5 inches -- SOLD

I painted this outside of my home studio fisrt, then touched it in the studio. I was intrigued by the subtle variation of the light and shadows around the flowers.I paid more attention to the edges in this. I love the red accents  here and there in the green-ish scene.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Laptop Rooster

Oil on linen on panel, 6 x 6 in.-- Click here to bid

This is our Welsummer rooster, Leo. We got him along with two other female chicks a couple of years ago from a hatchery when they were a-day old. Whenever I pick him up and put my lap, he likes to stretch his neck, draping down on my lap, and just relax with his eyes closed. My sweet rooster, thus the title. This painting is based on a photo I took when he was just a few month old. Leo's face was still yellowish at that stage, and it turned more red as he matured. I used orange and it's complementary blue, plus red-orange and yellow-orange.