Sunday, January 31, 2010
Saturday, January 30, 2010
Came back from a night shift early this morning, and to my delight the full moon was still shining brightly in the sky. Instead of going to bed, I sat at the dinner table by the window and did this quick sketch in acrylic in 20 minutes. The moon vanished out of my sight in just 5 minutes before the crack of the dawn.
Friday, January 29, 2010
Standing in front of the window, and looking at the blue and sunny sky and the hedges with snow, I started my third painting for the day in oils.
After the first painting done, a glimpse into the wooded area out of our living room window pumped me into second quick acrylic sketch. It was already 10 a. m. and the snow-covered hedges along our driving way was bright with sunlight.
Thursday, January 28, 2010
I had to get my wife out of the kitchen interrupting her cooking to do this quick sketch in acrylic when I caught sight of the receding sunlight in our backyard through the kitchen window, which is, I totally admit, annoying to my wife.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
I am always attracted by the interplay of the cool shadowy light against the warm sunny light towards late afternoon in winter. A glimpse out of our living room window is enough to send myself into action trying to capture that particular moment when the shadow casted by our house and trees started to engulf what is in front of my sight.
Monday, January 25, 2010
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Bright lights shine through the windows of the three houses across the bay lifting up repressive heaviness of the dark wintry night. Briefly drifting back to me is my distant memory of an equally dark and cold winter night on a far and remote corner of China where alone I was with a book in hand with heavy snow falling outside the window and with boiling kettle sizzling on a coal burning stove.
Friday, January 22, 2010
On my way to the Coral Center to do some shopping , I stopped at the Dinsdale Park. It was dark, and cloudy with strong gust of wind, and impending heavy snow fall in the air. Did a quick acrylic sketch sitting in my car surrounded by palpable serenity and field of snow.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Monday, January 18, 2010
Sunday, January 17, 2010
This is the moment that I always savors when I find myself standing on the partially frozen Assiniboine River with my easel in front of me , surrounded by fields of snow , the russhing river , and the absolute silence in every direction . With late afternoon sunlight on my back, I can almost feel the fresh breath of a new season on my face.
Saturday, January 16, 2010
This impressive house on the corner of Louise Avenue and 14th Street was briefly lit up by the warm wash of late afternoon sunlight. I wish I had more time to work on this painting before it was getting too dark and light changed too much of its appearance. I remember the first time I ever caught sight of this impressive manor house a few days after I came to Brandon from China almost 20 years ago. It is forever part of my earliest memories of Brandon now.
Friday, January 15, 2010
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
I sort of claim this quiet spot to be mine due to the fact that I have painted here so many times now. I have not been to this quiet spot for a while behind the hedges where the tiny shed is due to the cold weather. It is warm enough and sunny enough for me to come out to this spot to paint this afternoon with snow up to my knee caps. However, the sun vanishes behind the clouds as soon as I start. I try, nevertheless, to retain that fleeting moment based on my fresh memory of the sunny few minutes, and paint it accordingly.
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Monday, January 11, 2010
Finally it was warm enough to allow me to paint outdoor today. Did this quick oil sketch before sunlight totally receded. It was nine years ago today, my sister and her family left China for Canada. I remember it was such a warm day too when David and I went to Winnipeg to meet them at the airport. 9 years have passed , and so much has changed since then.