Saturday, March 31, 2012

Oil pastel a bit more efficient on toned paper, Tulip

Knowing that portfolio oil pastel is not the most opaque. I applied white first to build up a foundation so the later colors can show up.

I doubt about my reason of using toned color. It is, at least, a more accentuated background than plain white.

Oil Pastel as an insufficient medium on toned paper, 草丛中的向日葵 Sun flower in field

I am trying Portfolio water soluble oil pastel on dark beige toned paper. I am not sure this is the result I want to see. At least I have learned that this oil pastel does not have an effective covering quality. It is more transparent, less opaque.

The merit of its transparency is the curse of its opacity. I understand that there is nothing wrong with oil pastel, it's my lack of experience and knowledge.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Another landscape of my imagination

Yesterday's sunset has many too colors. Today I made this one on two main color, green and red. Yellow, orange, earth, dark green were used as blender to bring this piece of work to unite.

Monday, March 26, 2012

The landscape of my imagination

This is purely my imagination. I searched online for landscape inspiration, but I did not want to copy any.

I started from the mountain ridge, then the sun, without knowing rising or setting sun.

Then I put up light blue and dark blue for the sky, with purpose, red and violet.

It ended like this.

I feel something wrong, but don't know where. Anyone care to critique?

Saturday, March 24, 2012

My first brush with pastel

In my afterschool art class. i tried pastel. I am not sure if I will like this method in the future, but the powder is quite something. I am so not used to it. The color is so thin, there is no layer.

Anyway, I am uploading it as a reference for the future.

日出 Sunrise

日出 Sunrise

Seems centuries since I painted last time. Actually only a couple of days.

Finally, weekend finds me. I am poised in my doodling/scribbling/drawing/painting.

I did dry pastel at school today, afterschool art class. It was fun, but was very new to me, I am not sure if it is right. I am here using oil pastel, I feel so comfortable.

Monday, March 19, 2012

冷月 winter moon


I use all the colors that connects with blue, and white. Here they are"
White, true blue, blue, blue violet, violet.

I made this cold moon in a flat solid frozen winter night.

 照鸭子画鹅 duck



I painted this one with blue as core color. blue water with green, blue sky with red, but the core color is blue.

One friend suggest me that the duck should be in the middle of the water, instead of just on top. So I did this change.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

大漠孤树 Desert tree

大漠孤树 Desert tree

The background paper is yellow, earth yellow with a few green splash. I did this one by searching "landscape yellow orange"

Lake Sunset 平湖落霞

This time, I will show you the original paper.

I search the keywords, landscape green purple, then I did this one.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

In the woods 林中

This is a piece of green paper. Uneven green covered the whole page with a very casual texture.

What should I do?

I search images online with the keyword: landscape green. A ton of green landscapes jumped in front of my eyes. I did this one.

When I finished, I asked Manu what it was.

He said, a swamp, with light and shade here and there.

Fair enough.

Autumn river 一条大河

Big river 一条大河

The background is yellow and pink with green spots. No blue sky, so I just drew. At the end I called it autumn river, because it had such a strong rich warm tone.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Ocean waves

Ocean waves

I always wanted to use acrylic or tempera or any paint to paint, because they are not as transparent as watercolor, and can layer, cover, add and all sorts of things.

The paper are the result of after school art class students playing around. They had fun, experimented color theory and absolutely relaxed and released. I got some new, out of my box inspirations. Win win solution.

Beach bangalo

Beach bangalo

The the little boat house came to shore and became a Beach bangalo.


Thursday, March 15, 2012

Boat in the sea

The little house became a boat and lived in the sea. (quote from my not yet made story book)

Rock house by day

After the water town at night, some youtube friend commented that it was a good story.

"Why not go ahead to make up a story, it doesn't hurt a thing." I thought.  I then did this one.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Water town at night

The flowers on purple paper doesn't show up as satisfactory, because I did not make out any layer. It looks very shallow.
How about a water town at night, here you go:

Frothysia on purple paper

I have these recycled paper, I painted them purplish blue, That's the left over color from century ago. Actually a few months or years ago.

What should I do then. I looked around my classroom. There was my artificial flowers on top of the shelf. So, I thought about my mother's flower, 迎春花, and did this frothysia.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Georgia O'Keeffe New York with moon

If you search the title online, you will find the picture of this painting.

I like the color contract and clean shape., the very effective use of color and line. I did this. However, I am not sure if I will do this wit class. Maybe 5th, middle school.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Spring comes with flowers

Spring comes with flowers. It is time for all the flowers art, may it be painting, drawing, decoupage, sculpting, photography, may it be all.

I am planning the spring art projects with blossom.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Georgia O'Keefee, Not from my garden

I used to do on silk, those huge flowers, orchid or something. People saw and said that reminded them of O'Keefee. So I always wanted but never had the courage to try her style.

Today's after school art class. I did this in oil pastel.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

A teacher's thing

Being a teacher, you get to have these little treats from time to time.

My wish list

Before I forget, or find out, I would like to write down these artists, or project ideas that I would like to try either myself or with class.

1. Alfonse Mucha
2. George Barbier
3. Georgia O'Keefee
Gustav Klimt
Eric Carle
Keith Haring
optical illusion
shape/form/shading/color blending
color wheel

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Drawing with fabric pen

I am not sure when I am going to do this with my class, but I am sure kids will like it.

All I need is old light printed t-shirt and sharpie.

However, I used this one with a fabric pen that I bought in Paris.

This is my try on the free company shirt
I started by some urban skyline, then carried away.

I uploaded the video of the drawing and promised that if I get 20 comments for wearing, I wear them.

Of course I got more than 20 "wear them".
Of course I wore them. Kids saw and wooooooooed.

Impressionist trees

Every art class ends with some good watercolor paper in trash. Some more and some less drawn. I collect and use them.

This piece of paper is heavily drawn with oil pastel, yellow, green, blue and purple.

I remember seeing Monet's peuplier yesterday. I search more trees and landscape images and came out this autumn trees scene from my imagination.

One thing I am learning, the dark purple background is difficult to cover with yellow.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Inspired by Claude Monet Twilight

After two pieces inspired by Claude Monet, it seems that I am in the mood of Monet. Ok, keep it up. I browse through internet and this is inspired by Twilight.

Friday, March 2, 2012


Claude Monet (French pronunciation: [klod mɔnɛ/mɔne]) (14 November 1840 – 5 December 1926) was a founder of French impressionist painting, and the most consistent and prolific practitioner of the movement's philosophy of expressing one's perceptions before nature, especially as applied to plein-air landscape painting.[1][2] The term Impressionism is derived from the title of his painting Impression, Sunrise (Impression, soleil levant).
Source from Wikipedia

Inspired by Monet Zen, jardin d'eau

Inspired by Monet Nympheas

Friday after school class. I see students doing their drawing. Why not me. So I took out the "M comme Monet" from our art room little reference shelf and did these.

I have not yet tried with students, but I think it will be good.

Here are some reference from

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Construction paper crayon on black paper

The annual Music Week is coming. I am going to prepare the back drop for the students performance. The second grade theme is space.

Last night I painted this watercolor paper with tempera, in attempt to make scratch paper.
This morning I tried,  the tempera got stuck on paper, unable to do scratch. So I ended up drew with construction crayon. Finally I did not waste paper for nothing.

Students did better than me.

I am happy with this project.

From now on, I will save every single watercolor paper. I know I can cover it up and make a new piece of work. I will try different color background.

I painted this watercolor paper with tempera, in attempt to make scratch paper.

The tempera got stuck on paper, unable to do scratch. So I ended up drew with construction crayon.

I feel the above Saturn not right, so I did another. Pretty fun.