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Back to landscape painting–the comfort zone!

I really really want to paint portrait. But I suck at painting portrait. I can only draw and sketch people but I don’t know how to paint people with watercolor. They said you can learn and master something by practicing very hard but I guess I probably need to enroll for a course or two!

I have not given up yet 🙂 Just went back to my comfort zone and rolled around there a bit. Here is the result.

Kofukuji Temple, Nara, Japan

 

Hana Mitsuki

I love painting flowers. I’d like to think I am doing fine with all the details/lines on petals and leaves and etc.

But once in while, I do not care about details at all and just draw and paint what I see at first or second glance. Like I did with Hana Mitsuki flowers here.

It is refreshing and the outcome is not so bad.

Hana mitsuki flowers. I have no idea how to call there lovely flowers in English though...

Hana mitsuki flowers. I have no idea how to call these lovely Japanese flowers in English though…

Still life painting—still a long way to go

When I first started painting with watercolor, I mostly painted landscape. I still love to paint landscape but also have started to explore more style. Lately I have been into painting still life picture. One thing I lean is that light and shadow are very important!

I’m still learning and cannot yet master all the work of  light/shadow but it’s fun and refreshing all the way 🙂

I like the way the pages look yellowish and century-old

I like the way the pages look yellowish and century-old

See you in November, Japan!

I’m going to Japan again this November for work. After about a week in Hiroshima where the workshop will be happening, I will go to visit some friends in Tokyo. I might not be able to go to Kyoto, my favorite place though I bet it will look magical in autumn. But we will meet again someday!

 

Three story pagoda in Kiyomizu temple, Kyoto when I visited back in 2012. It was spring and one red ume tree and one white hakumokuran tree were starting to bloom.

 

My color palette (as of previous years)

I started my watercolor class about 2 years ago and absolutely fall in love with it. Everything seems softer and more romantic when painted in watercolor. At first I tended to paint with very vivid and strong color but these days, I like to paint in softer color.

So basically my watercolor palette used to look like this…

Color Palette

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Oh so strong.

Will have to paint the palette as of these days to see the difference. Judging some the picture I painted yesterday?

Huge difference!

 

U.S.A. lighthouse collection

For some reasons, I love lighthouses. Often find myself browsing for lighthouse pictures from google image and looking at the beauty for hours. So late last year, I chose 9 of my favorite U.S.A. lighthouse pictures from several sources and painted postcards to my watercolor classmates and teachers.

Thanks to the owners of the original pictures whoever you are.

This is one collection I am very proud of 🙂

Lighthouses are such beautiful construction!

Lighthouses are such beautiful construction!