Dragon City #3

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The paint is finally dry, so I was able to take a photo:

dragon city #3

I also took a couple pictures of the painting process:

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It’s not the first painting in this series, so here are some of the older paintings and sketches:

white forest  |  oil on canvas

white forest (dragon city #2)| oil on canvas

dragon city  #1 |  oil on canvas

dragon city #1 | oil on canvas

Dragon City sketch

Dragon City sketch

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two spring-inspired watercolors

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spring #1 1

spring #2

flying by

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bird spirit (flying by)

I wasn’t even planning on painting something mythological when I started this one. Actually, I wasn’t planning anything at all – I just had some vague ideas about what colors and shapes I want. But then this white figure started taking form, and there were feathers, and I realised it’s going to be some kind of bird spirit. I love it how unpredictable paintings can be sometimes.

red birds

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My latest watercolor:

red birds

It’s really simple, but I like how it turned out. Even with the paper being all wavy.

And here’s my in-progress photo from Instagram:

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Chinese Wind god

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Here’s my latest oil painting:

wind god

I’m rereading Pu Songling’s Strange Tales of Liaozhai, so there was a lot of Chinese mythology on my mind lately. The Wind god idea is not from the book though. I was impressed by the Wind god temple in Tainan that we accidentally stumbled upon during my latest trip to Taiwan (by getting off the bus randomly in an unfamiliar part of town), so I looked up some information about Chinese wind deities on the web.

There are different variations of the Wind God’s appearance in Chinese mythology. Some texts describe a bird with a deer’s head, and some tell it the other way around – a deer with a bird’s head. There are also mentions of leopard patterns and a snake’s tail. I chose the bird-body-deer-head version.

Here are some in-progress photos of the painting:

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P.S. Art Prints of the painting (along with canvas prints and other products)  are available in my Society6 shop:

http://society6.com/product/wind-god-f7v_stretched-canvas#6=28

The Forest

painting

Another watercolor:

Green forest

I painted this just before leaving for Taiwan three weeks ago, and I was thinking about all the green I remembered from my previous trips there. Also, I’m still rereading The Lord of the Rings, and I just got to the Fangorn chapters at that point.

White forest

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Here’s my new oil painting. I finished it just before leaving for Taiwan almost three weeks ago, but didn’t have enough time to photograph it properly until now.

white forest

I also took some in-progress photos. I had to use my phone, so the quality of the images is pretty low, but you can still see how the painting changes.

white forest progress 1

white forest progress 2

white forest progress 3

white forest progress 4

white forest progress 5

white forest progress 6

P.S. Art Prints available in my Society6 shop.

Taiwan photos #3 (Alishan)

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Sunset:

Alishan 8

Alishan 7

Alishan 6

Sunrise:

Alishan 3

Alishan 4

Alishan 5

Alishan 1

Tea plantations:Alishan 2