Friday, December 30, 2011


Bundle up & took a wintery hike this morning. Despite the chill, I enjoy being in nature & taking that inspiration back to my studio.

Monday, December 26, 2011


A grey winter sky hangs over the lonely landscape... muted whites & blues against foggy blue haze.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Wednesday, December 14, 2011


It does not happen that often, full moon shining over snowy landscape. Reason enough to play with my various blue pigments. Finding the right color relationship can translate into a magical tonal landscape painting.

Sunday, December 11, 2011


Full moon at 7:30 AM, the wonder of a December frosty morning never cease to amaze me.

Saturday, December 10, 2011


nothing like a bit of snow to turn the winter landscape from bleak to winter wonderland ...

Sunday, December 4, 2011


Despite my business, I'm always looking out my window... a landscape doesn't permeate one's being in one day. There's always something I catch that makes me bring out my paints.

Friday, December 2, 2011


November has been mild, but we got some chilly mornings...what  better time to turn on the overn to warm up the kitchen ... when I find the time, my sketches from my kitchen turn into gift items on ZAZZLE

Sunday, November 27, 2011


According to my horescope for today, I should use my feelings as my inspiration...kind of accurate, since I've been spending alot of time on meeting my illustration deadline this whole week.

Friday, November 25, 2011


I've been painting forever in various styles & endless different subjects. Painting horses seem to be a subject I avoided. Lots of horse farms near me, so I have no excuse. This sketch is from a reference photo. Trying to understand the shape of a horse has been harder than painting an impressionistic  landscape  out my window. One should not get too comfortable, I guess this justify spending so much time on this one sketch.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011


from time spend in charming CONNECTICUT, to the immense solitary views of the Catskill Mountain ... all important part of my artistic development ...

Saturday, November 12, 2011


landscape remains my principle subject...crystal clarity of a bright, cold late-autumn day ...

Sunday, November 6, 2011


From visiting a farm stand to working up a small sketch, & a little extra magical help from photoshop ... I have a new design! I love creative days.

Saturday, November 5, 2011


Montgomery Place Orchard in Red Hook, NY, is a wonderful Fall detour, the farm stand has many heirloom apples...beautiful display, & yummy samples...Just came home with many varieties to eat & draw...

Wednesday, November 2, 2011


Well, it's that time again...we got this powerful snow storm over the weekend! No more colorful foliage to paint. The muted blues & whites of a chilly foggy morning at 7AM, makes this a very simple & fast sketch to finish.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011


I'm born in Hong Kong, so Halloween for me is the most unusual holiday. I love everything about it. Especially the inspirations I get around this time of year.               Whether I'm visiting a card store or clicking thru GCU, the visual treat is always fun to my artist eyes.                  

Sunday, October 23, 2011


just experimental with this new shade of color pencil from Utrecht, the perfect dusty shade to define the colors at 7am ... the pink sunrise glow lasted only 5 min, a touch of soft pastel finish this morning sketch

Sunday, October 16, 2011


not a day for painting outdoor ... the north wind is coming on strong ... the comfort of MY STUDIO offers me a tranquil place to observe changes in cloud formation, foliage, & the many moods of nature ...

Thursday, October 6, 2011


sad to see the summer garden colors are behind us, looking forward to fall colors...wonderful weather this fall weekend, lets hope I find the time for some pretty sketches ...

Wednesday, October 5, 2011


for an impassioned sketcher & doodler, nothing beats coming upon something so special that it begs me to drop everything to get out my sketchbook...coming upon this magical tree house was a bonus to attending a beautiful country wedding in Vermont...

Tuesday, September 27, 2011


my love of sketching comes in handy for a one-of-a-kind wedding present ... this drawing will also come in handy when I work up some new designs for myweddingcollection

Friday, September 16, 2011


the beautiful foliage on a vegetable is more paintable than the vegetable itself...

Thursday, September 15, 2011


harvest moon was shinning bright this whole week, this is a great time to visit the local farmer's market...endless inspirations, for cooking & painting

Friday, September 9, 2011


summer is way too short up in the mountain, the hummingbirds are visiting less,  they are still at the feeder...but this might be the last time I see any dragonfly in my garden...

Friday, September 2, 2011


after crazy Hurricane Irene, our little creek have turn into a roaring river, must respect mother nature...

Friday, August 26, 2011


once again, drawing over a charcoal rub makes it easier...the lines to this sculpture are pretty obvious to my painter's eyes, talent is desire, the rest is practice practice practice...

Thursday, August 25, 2011


After trying various mediums, a charcoal rub turns out to be the best way for me to sketch this marble statue at the sculpture court at the Metropolitan Museum. Like everything else, the more you draw, the more you know. It gets easier by choosing the tools to express the image. The wonderful thing is that there is something new to learn no matter how much you already know.


TIME spend at the Metropolitan Museum is always well spend. At the airy sculpture court, chairs are provided for resting, or a quick sketch... the simplicity of a charcoal rub with a few highlights with a kneaded eraser is all I need for this sketch...

Tuesday, August 23, 2011


To balance off my immense solitude in the country, I look forward to my breaks in New York City. If one cant be in Paris, NYC is the next best thing for an artist. So many opportunity to observe, explore, & discover. With this sketch, I'm giving my feet a break from too much exploring, once again, using the light & shadow to capture the mood of a Summer afternoon at CENTRAL PARK...while I was sketching, the earth moved in the East Coast!

Monday, August 22, 2011


shimmering light & velvety darkness that reveals itself in the hours between dusk & dawn ... the silhouette of the tree trunks is done with a few strokes of PITT 4B graphite, & a touch of pastel to indicate the pond, VIOLA

Tuesday, August 16, 2011


a most unusual thing happened this week while I was gardening, a butterfly landed on me...I wonder if this will bring me lots of good luck...whatever the reason, it's reason enough to go into my studio & work up more butterfly designs...

Saturday, August 13, 2011


LOL...spend all morning trying to stay on top of all these social media stuff, a very frustrating morning... went to the local berry farm to de-stress, baking a rasberry pie might be the only creative thing I do this weekend!

Friday, August 12, 2011


Beneath a Full Moon... this watercolor sketch is from my visit to an old friend; since I moved from the Connecticut shoreline area, old neighbors with beach houses come in handy...more opportunity to explore ways to paint water

Monday, August 8, 2011


well, from abstraction ... I needed to define it more to express this great feeling of peace of a foggy sunrise ...


same sketch as yesterday ... working from memory, I'm refining it more to be more realistic, something beautiful happened that I did not intend ... with every accident, you make a choice, use it or correct it ... will have to look at this tomorrow


continuation of my summer pond series ... I'm taking an abstract approach to this ... at 5:30AM, except for the shape of the pond, it's one big dark shape ...


the nature of being an artist is to change constantly... which is why I love quick sketches, I'm free to experiment & explore ... I'm spending more time this Summer with ways to paint water, this sketch happens because I feel like I'm on top of the world while swimming in the pond one lovely Summer morning ... the pond contrast nicely with the dark pines

Thursday, August 4, 2011


from a small sketch on July 19.... finally got around to working up a finish

Wednesday, July 27, 2011


"hope your Summer is off the hook!"... that makes a good verse for a friendship greeting card ... being a working artist, one is always in tune to all the possibility ...