Three-legged Crow (Chinese Sun spirit)

painting

Three-legged crow (Chinese Sun spirit)

I finished this painting about a month ago, but didn’t have time to photograph it properly until now.

A three-legged crow (三足乌) or Golden crow (金乌) is the Sun spirit in Chinese mythology. It lives in the Fusang tree (扶桑), which is a giant mulberry tree in the Eastern Seas, and travels the sky in a carriage every day. Originally there were ten crows and ten suns in the world, but they bothered people by coming out all at once and making the world burn, so some archer shot nine of them down, making the species nearly extinct. Now there’s only one left.

Waves and seagulls

sketchbook

A spread from my sketchbook after watching the first part of Lisa Congdon’s Sketchbook Explorations class on Creativebug:

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Here’s a link to the class:

https://www.creativebug.com/classseries/more-sketchbook-explorations

Don’t know what to draw, draw a dragon

drawing

I haven’t drawn anything for a few weeks now because I injured my right hand while lifting some heavy boxes, but now it’s finally  better enough to draw with a pencil (it turns out drawing with pens requires a lot more physical effort).

Anyway, I wanted to draw something and just chose the first thing that popped into my head, which happened to be a dragon. Being a big nerd when it comes to dragons, I wanted to draw one that’s anatomically convincing, so I started with a skeleton sketch, then printed it out and traced it for the final drawing.

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watercolor tulips and leaves

painting

Painted these two watercolors the other day. It was hard to photograph them both without getting the colors wrong, so here are separate photos of each one:

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leaves #1 1

I’ve been playing around with Adobe Illustrator lately, so I used it to make these leaves into a pattern. I’ve never done this before, so it took me a couple hours to get everything right, but I think it turned out pretty cool. Here’s a photo of how it looks on leggings and pillows in my Society6 shop:

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I also like the phone cases:

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watercolor florals

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I painted these two watercolor florals today, which was a great way to procrastinate making an end-of-term test for my students. Still had to do it afterwards, but at least this way it didn’t feel like I’ve spent all Sunday working.

I like the left one better, in fact I even uploaded it to my Society6 Shop. Here’s a close-up picture:

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I also like how it looks on iphone cases, pillows and cards:

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a sketch of my parents’ cottage kitchen

digital art

I spent the weekend with my family at my parents’ cottage debating about future wall color in the kitchen/living room which is in the middle of the renovation process. I made this digital sketch to illustrate my version.

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Some sketchbook pages

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Dragon City #3

painting

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

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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

A portrait of my niece

drawing

Made a pencil sketch of my youngest niece from a photo:

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two spring-inspired watercolors

painting

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spring #1 1

spring #2