Friday, July 23, 2010

On the easel

I'm working on this big painting (not really that big but...) of 40x30. It's from a photo I took in Hong Kong last year. I'm still trying to figure out how to do larger paintings. And I don't want to make the painting look too realistic. This is where a field study will be so helpful--unfortunately it wasn't possible to do one there then.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Opera Garnier interior (SOLD)

Oil on linen, 24x18

This one took me a week to do--I worked on it a little bit everyday. I decided to paint on my porch for better light and ventilation, but then it was hot.

I took the photo for this painting on the tour in Opera Garnier. I was fascinated by its rich interior, especially this sculpture holding the lights. It just makes you want to sing--I guess that's the point, isn't it?

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Two watercolors

Montmartre street, 10x7

Montmartre music, 10x7

Somehow the most paintable photos are mostly from Montmartre. No wonder painters all flocked to there in the past.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Opera Garnier sculptures



These are more like drawings. They are the group sculptures on the facade of the Opera Garnier. I love sculptures, and was so impressed by the French architecture. There is nothing like this in the US! So grand. So rich in details and beauty. Everywhere you look, the Paris streets greet you with visual treats. My camera could hardly stay in my bag.

We tried to get tickets for a show in Garnier that day, but got there too late. The only two tickets left were 200 euros each. Well we didn't want to see the show that bad to pay that much! And really, it was because--we spent too much time across the street in the Galerie Lafayette.

Afternoon snack in Galerie Lafayette. With a cup of coffee, it's a perfect pick-me-up. So delicious.

Cute salt and pepper shakers in the Lafayette Gourmet store.

French girls in front of the Opera Garnier. Love the flower in her hair.

If there is one thing I can complain about Paris, it's--too many smokers! They are everywhere!