Monday, February 15, 2010

Ukrainian Catholic Church of Brandon

It is warm enough for me to venture out painting today. Drove to the location where this Catholic church is located  and did this quick oil painting 16"x20".

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Saturday, February 13, 2010

A Beautiful winter afternoon

It is beautiful outside with crystal clear blue sky , and with snow dazzling in the sun. Painted this view standing outdoor early in the afternoon, and had to stop a few times to warm myself up inside.

A glimpse out of the window at midnight

It will soon be  New Year's Eve back in China. I can not get to sleep somehow, and looking out of the window I decide to paint for a bit. Fengping  has gone to work overnight shift today , and the street light outside is quite bright lighting up everything in sight including the tire tracks left on our driveway. Big heavy snow starts to fall, and my distant past back in China seems to have lit up my memory lane. Somehow, there is an overwhelming sense of loneliness and nostalga arising in me while painting what is in front of me at  this quiet moment of this snowy winter night.

Friday, February 12, 2010

On a snowy afternoon

It was snowy but not that cold. I was able to do this painting outdoor this afternoon. However after standing there for an hour or so, I had to stop when almost all  my brushes were frozen solid.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Late winter afternoon

A quick acrylic sketch from our doorway looking out into our front yard with our driveway and hedge, trying to give a sense of how deep the snow has accumulated over this winter.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

In the receding sunlight of late afternoon

A quick acrylic sketch done from our doorway in the late afternoon when the light of the day is quickly receding.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

In the last glow of the day

Another quick acrylic sketch of the snow-covered junipers in our backyard casting their long shadow across the snow against receding afternoon sunlight.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Junipers and hedges heavy with snow at noon

Painted again this view of our backyard standing outdoor this time braving 20 below temperature. It is just so enticing to do it indoor through the window.

Heavy with snow

Junipers with heavy load of snow.

Friday, February 5, 2010

A brief sunny moment

It is so cold outside when I start this painting in oils.  What attracts me to this view is the brief appearance of sunlight in the sky with such a radiance that my eyes are  dazzled by its light, and can hardly open. My oil paint starts to get stiff with cold that I had to stop painting in half an hour.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Supper time

It is dark, cold and snowy towards late afternoon. Standing in our backyard I did this quick oil sketch of our snow-covered junipers and hedges, with Dan's house in the backdrop. It is so quiet outside that the only sound I can hear is my own breath.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Evening sky viewed through our window

Just before supper, looking out of the window, I saw the sky glow with such vibrant light and color that I set up my easel right on the dinner table amid food and dishes and did  a quick acrylic sketch .

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Moon at dawn

A quick acrylic sketch of the full moon still visible at dawn on a winter morning.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Glow in the sun

It always makes me excited to see the snow glowing in the late afternoon sunlight. No matter how many times I paint this view, it is just not enough for I always feel so inadequate as a painter.