A Painting Trip of Xiangxi (Western Hunan) China

A Painting Trip of Xiangxi (Western Hunan) China

Note: The article below recounts a painting trip to Xiangxi (Western Hunan), China in 1988, and is a snapshot of China at the time, roughly a decade after the end of the Cultural Revolution and Deng Xiaoping opened up the country, and right before the 1989 crackdown...
What to bring on a plein air painting trip?

What to bring on a plein air painting trip?

I have written about the benefits of small plein air painting and how and why it can help improve color observation skills. Suppose you are totally convinced and would like to give it a try or you simply love to paint outdoors, what should you bring? Sure, you can...
Chen Yifei and Me

Chen Yifei and Me

I’ve been meaning to write about my friendship with Chen Yifei for a number of years. I put off putting pen to paper however because he had just passed away and it may give the impression of trying to ride on his coattails. Now is a slightly better time to write about...
Song-Yuan Dynasty Landscapes and Picasso

Song-Yuan Dynasty Landscapes and Picasso

I am best known as an oil painter. But before I took the path down oil painting, I spent considerable time practicing Chinese ink painting. My experience with the East and West art systems over the years have yielded some interesting observations, one of them being...
The Long River of Drawing

The Long River of Drawing

素描的長河   I was a student at the Affiliated High School of the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts in the early 1960s. When I first saw the drawings of the human form that Prof. Guo Shaogang (郭紹綱) brought back after studying in the Soviet Union as an exchange student, I...
Light at the end of the tunnel

Light at the end of the tunnel

Miners’ Lament is the latest narrative painting that I finished. The inspiration for Miners’ Lament goes back all the way to my time in China. 《礦山悲歌》的構想起源很久,源自在大陸時期。 Prior to 1980, I worked at Zhaoqing in Guangdong where there was a medium-sized coal mine outside of...
In memory of Jin Yong and my days as an illustrator

In memory of Jin Yong and my days as an illustrator

Renowned novelist Louis Cha Leung Yung (better known by his pen name Jin Yong) passed away on October 30, 2018 at the age of 94. According to Wikipedia, he was the best selling Chinese author by the time of his death. More than 100 million of his books have been sold...