Friday, August 14, 2020

Art Is Fun (5) - Back to School during the Pandemic

 Back to School during the Pandemic

August used to be the beginning of the back-to-school season. This routine ritual, however, is seriously disrupted because of the spread of COVID virus. Thanks to modern technology, I am able to continue my art schooling during the pandemic. These two paintings were completed by following the instructions of Rick Surowicz (left) and David Rankin (right). It was fun.



Saturday, June 20, 2020

Art Is Fun (4) - Summer Solstice

2020 Summer Solstice

Today (June 20, 2020) is the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. I enjoy painting the scene of a calm, peaceful, doing-nothing, lazy summer afternoon. Here are two of them, the old one (left) in Chinese Brush, and the recent one (right) in watercolor.


Anna's Painting (63) - A Lazy Summer Afternoon, 2020

A Lazy Summer Afternoon, 2020 (Watercolor)

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Art Is Fun (3) - Let's Go Traveling

Let's Go Traveling


With coronavirus spreading all over the world, our artist group comes up a fun way to travel and paint. Using Google Earth, we can travel to any corner on earth, and sketch the scenery we like. 

I took my Google Earth flight and visited a nice church on a hill top in the Caucasus mountains. Can you guess which church is this?


Friday, April 10, 2020

Art Is Fun (2) - Dreaming of Spring

Dreaming of Spring
There is just too much suffering and death during this global pandemic. I can't wait for the coming of spring when life returns. So I created my own spring scene.


Art Is Fun (1) - Autumn Stroll

I was walking on a trail last fall, when a lady with three puppies caught my eyes. I took a photo of them as they walked by me. The picture would be fine if the background could be more interesting.  Then I found this oil painting of Tina Bohlman. Voila! That is a perfect match. Of couse, this is just for fun. 


Anna's Painting (62) - Bundle of Joy

Bundle of Joy (watercolor)


Anna's Painting (61) - Pomp and Circumstance

Pomp and Circumstance (watercolor)



Thursday, April 9, 2020

Anna's Painting (60) - Lassen Volcanic National Park, California

Lassen Volcanic National Park, California (watercolor)


Anna's Painting (59) - Japanese Garden at Huntington Library

Japanese Garden at Huntington Library (watercolor)




Anna's Painting (58) - Fan Lotus and Bird

Fan Lotus and Bird (ink and Chinese watercolor)


Anna's Painting (57) - Chinese Garden at Huntington Library

Chinese Garden at Huntington Library (watercolor)

Every time I went to LA to visit my sisters and brothers, we always made a stop at Huntington Library



Anna's Painting (56) - Freehand Style Peony

Freehand Style Peony (ink and Chinese watercolor)

Tried a new way to paint peonies.


Anna's Painting (55) - Mountain Clouds

Mountain Clouds (ink and Chinese watercolor)


Anna's Painting (54) - Solitude

Solitude (ink)


Anna's Painting (53) - Symphonic Bouquet

Symphonic Bouquet (watercolor)

This is the bouquet that I received from my sons on Mother's Day.




Anna's Painting (52) - Friendship Forever

Friendship Forever (ink)

I gave a painting similar to this to my best friend for her birthday many years ago.
Revisited my favorite subject recently.





Anna's Painting (51) - Chicago Rocks

Chicago Rocks (watercolor)

This rock climbing wall is near the northern end of Chicago's water front Millennium Park.



Anna's Painting (50) - Three's a Crowd

Three's a Crowd (ink)

It was fun to paint something different.


Anna's Painting (49) - Spring Scenery

Spring Scenery (ink and Chinese watercolor)


Anna's Painting (48) - New Steps on Old Paths

New Steps on Old Paths (watercolor)

It was an honor for this work to receive the Best of Show award in the 2018 Annual Barbara Luton Art Competiton.



Anna's Painting (47) - After Qi Baishi’s Red Plum Blossoms

After Qi Baishi’s Red Plum Blossoms
(ink and Chinese watercolor)

Qi Baishi (1864-1957) was a Chinese brush painting master, noted for the whimsical, often playful style of his brush works.



Anna's Painting (46) - Peony Basket

Peony Basket
(ink and Chinese watercolor)


Anna's Painting (45) - Fan Peonies

Fan Peonies
(ink and Chinese watercolor)