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Plein-Air Painting in Long Island, New York (4) - American Landscape Painting


The Palm, Long Island, New York I

 

The weather was gorgeous.  I really liked the area around East Hampton so I decided to stick around a little to make more paintings that portray beautiful architecture in the area.

 

 

Painting Miss Amelia's Cottage, Amagansett

 

Amagansett I (14"x20")

 

Amagansett II (12"x16")

 

 

 

The Palm, East Hampton, Long Island, New York I

 

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Image Size: 13 x 19 inches (33 x 48 cm)

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On the Road (2) - the South, American Landscape Paintings


Benson's, Bonita Springs, Florida I

 

To me, traveling for a workshop often means arriving there just in time, getting the job done, and packing up to go home.  Especially in the U.S., I rarely have extra time to do anything else.  However, my workshop organizers and participants alike sometimes go out of their way to show me around their neighborhoods.  In the region called the American South, I have done several workshops in the past few years.  And in each place I was a happy recipient of the Southern Hospitality from people I worked with.

 

In Tulsa, Oklahoma, the gallery staff took me straight to the Philbrook Museum of Art that's housed in a historic villa, after a busy day of painting.  A student from the same Tulsa workshop then showed me around the downtown Tulsa just before the sun set.  In Dallas, Texas, a student came from Louisiana with a lot of photos of  her favorite spots in her state.  Her vivid description and visual images of one particular spot moved me so much I asked her to let me do a demo from her photos as reference.  In Bonita Springs, Florida, an old male student, a long-time resident of the area, spent lunch time each day telling me about the history, geography, and life in general that he knew so well.  He also knew that I wanted to see the real life of the people there.  He strongly recommended I visit a town of migrant workers.  I'm glad I did.  These short glimpses into their personal lives make my workshop-related travels so special.

 

 

Immokalee, Florida I (11.5"x15.5")

 

 

"Tulsa, Oklahoma I" (21.5"x14.25")

 

 

"Thibodaux, Louisiana I" (13"x19")

 

 

 

Benson's, Bonita Springs, Florida I

 

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Hakodate Sunset I, Japanese Landscape Painting


Hakodate Sunset, Japan I

 

A railway station
filled with local accents
I go into the crowd
to listen for mine

 

(by Takuboku Ishikawa, translated by me)

 

For Japanese poet Takuboku Ishikawa (1886-1912), Hakodate had something special that made him say that he would like to die there.  One of the well-known figures in Japanese literature, most notably for his tanka and free-style poems, Takuboku wrote many poems that tug at our heartstrings.

 

He lived for less than half a year in Hakodate in his short, poverty-stricken life of 26 years.  The time he spent there was perhaps the happiest for him thanks to the camaradarie with his colleagues.  He was also reunited with his family there.  His family grave has been set up in Hakodate, near Tachimachi Cape, overlooking the Tsugaru Strait that lies between Honshu and Hokkaido.  To read some of his poems, visit this link (in Japanese).

 

 

Hakodate Sunset, Japan I

 

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Moored, Tokyo II, Japanese Landscape Painting


Moored, Tokyo, Japan II

 

Although Tokyo was my home for several years in the past, the truth is I feel more like a stranger every time I go back there.  An ever-growing, forward-looking megalopolis, this city never ceases to amaze me with new buildings, new technologies, new trends, (and should I mention a new government?), not to mention the sheer number of people!

 

However, even among modern high-rises, one can still find a scene that is reminiscent of the past.  In today's painting, I depicted one of such spots in the shitamachi area that I enjoy visiting while in Tokyo.

 

 

Moored, Tokyo, Japan II

 

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Arcachon I, French Landscape Painting


Arcachon, France I

 

I did this painting on location from the beginning to the finish, during which I probably experienced four different types of weather conditions: overcast, windy, rainy and sunny.  Plus the temps were lower than I expected and I was shivering as well.  Nonetheless, I felt great when I completed the painting and I must say I even enjoyed the crazy weather changes in a short period of time.

 

So after this one, I attempted another painting of a small shipyard nearby.  I was halfway done when a local French woman came up to me to see what I was doing.  She said she liked my work and asked me if I knew anything about boats that I was painting.  I said, "please tell me. I'm interested."  She told me that these are traditional fishermen's boats unique to this region, called pinasse.  She went on to say that they were named that way because wood from local pine trees was used to make these boats.  Yes, I had seen a huge pine forest not far from there. Mmm, interesting.  I had to write it down.  So I lay down my painting brush to look for a notebook for a brief second... that is when the sudden gusty wind took everything away and dropped it on the wet sand - my half-finished painting (face down), palette (face down), brushes, water, easel etc., literally everything.  My second painting that day was lost but the whole experience was very valuable to me.

 

I am pleased to be invited as a guest of honor to the 3e Biennale d'Aquarelle du Bassin d'Arcachon, August 19 - 31, 2014.

 

 

Arcachon, France I

 

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Le Vieux-Nice VI, French Landscape Painting


Le Vieux-Nice, France VI

 

I am honored to announce that I've been invited to exhibit my watercolors in the Printemps d'Aquarelle 2013 to be held in Saint Cyr sur Mer (Var), France next month.  The third edition of the exhibition showcases works of 18 watercolor artists from France and other countries.  Multiple pieces of original watercolors that I'm planning to display will include new landscape and cityscape paintings of various parts of Provence.

 

I am also pleased that I will do a 3-day workshop "Capturing Light and Atmosphere of Provence," May 20-22, and a demo on May 23.  For more information and enrollment, please visit this page.

 

 

Le Vieux-Nice, France VI

 

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Tai-O II, Hong Kong Landscape Painting


Tai-O, Hong Kong II

 

If I were to make a video of my travel bloopers, I should definitely include footage of my visit to Tai-O.  Tai-O, a small fishing village in Hong Kong, will be one that I will never forget because of what happened there.

 

I was already excited to see the village even before I arrived there, so imagine how I was when I got there.  In short, I lost myself in the sights and fell in a canal.  I wanted to get a perfect viewpoint and walked down the steps to get close to the water surface.  When I noticed the last few steps covered with moss, it was already too late.  I slipped and started going down in water, which was not too deep but mucky.  There was nothing for me to hold on to, so I kept slipping while desperately trying to keep my camera above the water, and by doing so cut my wrist on the stone step.  I still don't know what stopped me from sinking further but miraculously only my pant legs were soaking wet.

 

A friend of mine who traveled there together was horrified and ran to a nearby cafe to fetch a first-aid kit for my wound.  I truly felt sorry for her because my carelessness scared her.  To a small circle of my close friends, I am known for doing pretty daring things to find a better view or get to a perfect spot for a painting.  I think now she is one of those friends (but, dear friend, if you're reading this, I am really sorry..).

 

 

Tai-O, Hong Kong II

 

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Street, Macau I, Macanese Landscape Painting


Street, Macau I

 

You don't have to spend a long time to understand why scooters are everywhere in Macau.  In addition to being the most densely-populated area in the world, Macau has many narrow streets between buildings, hills, and limited space for parking.  It seems to be just the most convenient mode of transportation for local people.

Every day scores of tourists flock this small peninsula city.  The lure of world-class casinos, shopping and dining is undeniably strong.  I have no idea how many of them actually rent a scooter to get out of a casino, but even a fraction of them could be a big number to crowd city streets even more.

 

 

Street, Macau I

 

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La Grand-Place, Brussels, Belgian Landscape Painting


La Grand-Place, Brussels I

 

Chocolate, waffles, coffee, beer, mussels, fries... Belgium has a lot to offer to satisfy a hungry traveler's appetite.  But one also finds a lot there that is simply a feast for the eyes - the Grand Place in Brussels, for example.  This is not as big as some of the other world's famous squares but what a beautiful square it is.

 

To feel the grandeur of La Grand-Place, one has to be standing in the middle of it.  To really understand the historical importance and power of merchants who thrived in this commercial center, one has to see and marvel at exquisite guildhalls.  Although each building may be different in size, style and appearance, it is amazing that all the buildings surrounding the square create harmony together on a very sophisticated level.

 

Once our eyes get enough satisfaction, it's time to satisfy our stomach.  Here or near the square, all kind of restaurants and cafés await.

 

 

La Grand-Place, Brussels, Belgium I

 

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La Grand-Place, Brussels, Belgium II

 

 

La Grand-Place, Brussels, Belgium II

 

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San Pedro II, California Landscape Painting


San Pedro, California II

 

I like visiting the waterfront area in San Pedro.  A seaside promenade walk while admiring beautiful boats and cruise ships is always nice, but, for me, to see a gigantic industrial zone of the Port of Los Angeles in the background adds a sense of excitement to an otherwise tranquil scene.

 

There's also a working harbor for fishing vessels that I love to paint.  Here's one of my attempts showing some of the hard-working fishing boats anchored for the night.  The sun had just set behind the hills in the back while the fog was rolling in.... it was a golden opportunity for a painting I couldn't pass up.

 

 

 

 

San Pedro, California II

 

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Carmel Valley Village I, California Landscape Painting


Carmel Valley Village, California I

 

Panoramic views of the river valley, misty mountains, enticing vineyards… meandering through idyllic scenery like these, I found driving into this small village to be a pure delight.  Carmel Valley Village can be reached from the mountains or from the coast.  Either way, watching what unfolded outside my car windows made me want to stop many times for quick sketches.

 

However, this village and the surrounding area is a popular travel destination, so traffic can be heavy and people drive pretty fast (You really have to keep your eyes on the road).  In this painting is a restaurant near the village center - a small glimpse of life on the little bit quieter side of the popular Monterey Peninsula.

 

 

Carmel Valley Village, California I

 

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Gwanghwamun, Seoul, Korean Landscape Painting


Gwanghwamun, Seoul, Korea

 

The 20th Exhibition of Asian Watercolour Confederation came to a close on 23 October.  For 9 days, about 110 watercolor paintings from 11 Asian nations graced the walls of the bright and sleek Han Jeon Art Center located in "new Seoul," the southside of the Han River.  I was honored to be an invited artist for this special exhibition, perhaps the last one presented by the Asian Watercolour Confederation (AWC).  AWC will undergo some changes and will be soon launched as a new organization which will spearhead the efforts to promote the watermedia in the entire Asian region.

 

I was very happy to show my work at the show.   More significant this year was that I was offered a wonderful opportunity to witness the closure of one chapter and the birth of a new organization of Asian watercolorists, together with representatives from Korea, Malaysia, Thailand/Myanmar, Taiwan and Singapore.

 

As a small memento of a symbolic visit, I painted Gwanghwamun in Seoul, the newly-restored main gate of Gyeongbokgung Palace, as it stood proudly under the city lights.  The reconstruction was a major project for the Koreans as it was left in ruins for many, many years, but their commitment and determination made it possible to have this massive structure in its original form at the original site.

 

"Through old things, we learn new things." - Korean proverb

 

 

Gwanghwamun, Seoul, Korea I

 

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More Paintings of Istanbul, Turkey


A View from the Galata Tower, Istanbul

 

In Istanbul, it doesn’t take long for any first-time visitors to notice a loud melodic male voice coming from a mosque several times a day.  My Turkish friend told me five times a day this Islamic call to prayer is announced via a public address system.

 

Since there are so many mosques, or camii as they are called in Turkish, chances are you are almost always within an easy reach of one, especially in the old part of the city.   As soon as you hear the "song," you will see many local people, mostly grown men and some boys, cleanse their hands and feet and enter their place of worship.

 

The first painting is a stunning view from the top of the Galata Tower on the Asian side of the city.  Over the hill on the European side, so many tall minarets are visible, explaining just how many mosques were built there.  The second painting shows one of the most famous mosques in the city, Aya Sophia.  Click here to go to the previous post to see more paintings of Istanbul.

 

 

Istanbul, Turkey IV (A View from the Galata Tower)

 

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Image Size: 11.5 x 15.5 inches (29 x 39 cm)
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Istanbul, Turkey VI (Aya Sophia)

 

Istanbul, Turkey VI (Aya Sophia)

 

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Istanbul, Turkey III

 

Istanbul, Turkey III

 

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Kenninji Temple, Kyoto I, Japanese Landscape Painting


Kenninji Temple, Kyoto, Japan I

 

It was a peaceful day.  As soon as I walked through a gate to enter Kenninji Temple, I felt I must have stepped inside a different world where one could forget about all the worries.   Although it's situated right next to residential and commercial streets and quite close to the famous Gion geisha district, I didn't see many people inside the temple precincts.

 

It's been almost 800 years since the temple was founded by Zen master, Eisai, making it the oldest Zen temple in Kyoto.  May peace prevail for another 800 years and more...

 

 

 

Kenninji Temple, Kyoto, Japan I

 

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La Grande Dame de Paris, French Landscape Painting

 

Old Neighbor, Paris II

 

 

People living on this street have had this brown, 324-meter-tall neighbor for quite some time.  She just celebrated her 122nd birthday on March 31.  One of the most popular iconic symbols of Paris, she's often referred to as the Iron Lady (la dame de fer) or La Grande Dame de Paris.  At the foot of the Eiffel Tower, thousands of people from all over the world line up every day to pay tribute to her.

 

Having such a famous neighbor could mean a lot of traffic or visitors to this area, but for the residents on this street and many others around here, life goes on, no matter what takes place on the Parc de Champ de Mars where she stands.  They go to work every day and take their children to nearby schools.  They manage to park their cars literally bumper to bumper just outside their apartments.  They go out every morning to a bakery for a freshly baked baguette - often with their pooch in tow.

 

 

Old Neighbor, Paris II

 

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Image Size: 15.5 x 11.5 inches (39 x 29 cm)
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San Diego Workshops


Barrio Logan, San Diego II

 

Last weekend I had so much fun with a group of 25 very enthusiastic students who attended my workshop at the Education Center of the San Diego Watercolor Society.  I did four demos over two days and in between everyone was busy painting, learning, critiquing, exchanging ideas, socializing and inspiring each other.   Here are some photos and some of my demo paintings.

 

I am scheduled to do another weekend workshop, Capturing Light and Atmosphere in Watercolor, at the San Diego Watercolor Society in September, 2011.  Register early at the SDWS website.

 

 

    

 

 

  Firenze, Italy IX

 

  Julian VII

 

 

Barrio Logan, San Diego II

 

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Image Size: 12 x 16 inches (31 x 41 cm)
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Firenze, Italy IX

 

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Image Size: 21.5 x 14.25 inches (54.5 x 36 cm)
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Julian, San Diego VII

 

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