Saturday, March 27, 2010

This week's portrait

oil, 16x12

Last week's still life

It was quite a complicated set-up. I threw out my first composition because I tried to include everything and it got too busy. The second time I cropped the composition and made the horse more of a focal point.

John Ebersberger's portrait workshop

I took a John Ebersberger's two-day impressionistic portrait workshop two weeks ago. These are what I did in the workshop.

First a color sketch done by palette knife:

The portrait:

His is a very different way to paint. I'm still trying to absorb what he taught. Of course the main point is about color. Ebersberger studied with Henry Henche in Cape Cod school years ago. They did a lot of color block studies and "mud head" studies, mostly using palette knife. It's a very impressionistic way to paint.

John Ebersberger's portrait. Great outdoor colors.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Arcadia Gallery in NYC (2)

Joseph Todorovitch's paintings:

Forgot whose painting this is:

Francis Livingston's paintings. Love the compositions and colors.

Daniel Sprick's works:

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Arcadia Gallery in NYC

Went to NYC to see Robert Liberace's show but it's already taken down two days ago because most of the paintings are sold---the show was supposed to be up until this weekend. But we still got to see a few of his paintings and drawings.

Jeremy Lipking's paintings and drawing:

Monday, March 22, 2010

Robert Liberace workshop

Been busy taking classes and workshops and haven't got around to update my blog. Even missed my own group show opening yesterday!--because I was in a Robert Liberace figure drawing workshop for three days on the weekend.

Here are what I got:

First day

Second day

Third day

The workshop focuses on figure in action. Actually that's Robert Liberace's specialty--to depict figures in movement. He's a truly great artist and very good teacher too. I have learned a lot in the past three days. He taught me to observe more closely what's really happening on the human body so my drawings can become more refined and sophisticated and go on to the next level.

He's having a one-person show in Arcadia Gallery in Soho, New York for two weeks until this weekend. I'm going to see it. Here is an example of his work.

Robert Liberace teaching

I think I'm going to take his figure painting class too. He teaches figure painting on Fridays in the Art League School in Alexandria, VA.

PS: The models he uses are amazing. Especially one older guy--you can see everything, I mean everything, on his body. I've never seen models with such clear muscle definition. You can even see every vein. He said he lifted weights for many years.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Two head studies

I haven't painted portraits for a while so this is a start. The colors are a little intense. Need to work on that.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Thursday class with Escobedo

I was in a painting class taught by Louis Escobedo in Easton all day yesterday. I really like his paintings and techniques. So colorful and lively. I did two still-life studies.

This is the teacher's still-life painting--not yet finished.

These are my two studies:

Art of the Figure Show--McBride Gallery

I will be in a group show called "The Art of the Figure" in McBride Gallery in Annapolis. The show opens March 21, and runs through April 4. The opening reception is at 2 pm, March 21. Here is the show web page:

Some paintings that are in the show:

And one of mine: