Saturday, January 29, 2011

A glimpse out of the living room window

An incomplete oil sketch of the window view of our car on the driveway early Saturday afternoon. Sunny but extremely cold.

Early morning reading on internet

A quick oil sketch of Fengping reading on Internet still in her pajama.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Just when a snow storm seemed to be inevitable, the sun came out bright and shining again. However just when you think it would be sunny and beautiful for the rest of the afternoon, then it turned dark and cloudy again. It was a beautiful and sunny azure sky when I started this painting  in our front yard, and just about half an hour into the painting, a strong gust of wind  with blowing snow changed everything in front of me into a bleak wintry view again.
A gust of wind came suddenly and instantly the weather started to change ; it became cloudy again and snow flakes started to fall. Very strange weather!

In the warm winter sunlight

Sunny morning

As I was painting this view at the doorway, the sun came out of the clouds. Finally a warm and sunny day. What a relief !

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

A view over the hedges at 8 p.m

Stepped out of the door and painted this quick oil sketch using  the flashlight in the dark. The street light in the distance which radiated through the wooded area provided a visual relief against the otherwise  dark and gloomy night.

A glimpse out of the window at 5 p.m.

A view of the back alley

With snow  up to my knees , I did this quick oil sketch standing in the back alley in the afternoon. Finally it was warm enough to allow me to do a quick oil sketch outdoor.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Same view in late afternoon

Another quick oil sketch of the same view done before supper.

Same view at noon

Came back from work for lunch and did a quick oil sketch of the same view. News came that Liuhai just got a job offer as senior software engineer !

A full moon winter morning

Early in the morning , a full moon  remained high up in the sky. A quick oil sketch before breakfast.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Junipers covered with snow

A quick oil sketch of the junipers covered with snow. Cloudy in late afternoon.

Monday, January 17, 2011

A moonlit night

Again with the help of a flashlight, I painted this quick oil sketch standing by the window looking out of the window. What an ethereally beautiful winter night!

Hedges with heavy load of snow in the last glow

Just a few minutes into this oil sketch in our backyard , the oil paint started to freeze and , it was just so cold ! but managed to finish this quick oil sketch in 20 minutes before coming inside the house to watch Jeopardy on TV.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Another view from the door a few hours later

The sun came out briefly early in the afternoon.Quickly opened the door and did one more oil sketch in half an hour.

A view from the door at noon

Partially cloudy but rather cold. A gentleman walking his dog was passing by. A quick oil sketch.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Friday, January 14, 2011

A glimer of light at the end of the day

Snow stopped suddenly, and there was a moment when a glimmer of light appeared over the night sky before it turned dark completely around 6 p.m.

Snow falling silently in our quiet backyard

A quick oil sketch at 4 p.m.when downy soft snow flaks were falling silently over our quiet backyard.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

From behind the hedges

The hedges are bending down their backs with heavy load of snow, it seems to me. A quick oil sketch in the receding sunlight.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Facing the receding sun

How the snow has been piling up on the roof and on the hedges! Forecasting more snow in next few days! A quick oil sketch standing on our patio.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Fengping multitasking at the table

A quick oil sketch of Fengping multitasking at the table after supper doing sudoku game simultaneously trying to check on what is going on Internet