Thursday, November 29, 2012

Coco Drink Drink Coco

This painting teeters on the edge of being a add for Coco's a ubiquitous tea drink chain in Shanghai and beyond.  the have a passion fruit, green tea drink I like.  The slogan for Coco's 都可茶饮, seems strangely awkward in Chinese adding to it's value as poetry.  It roughly literally translates as:  All can tea drink.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

blending east and west

Crane, Dragonfly and Bird, ink and watercolor on paper.  In my tireless quest to adapt Chinese painting techniques and materials to more modern content, I find myself recombining and juxtaposing certain elements with alarming regularity.  My Chinese calligraphy has probably benefitted more than other elements of my painting from being in China this last year.  Hopefully my brushwork also gets better over time.  It should all peak when I am on my deathbed.  This painting has the Chinese phrase that can roughly be translated, `A success measures their own strength and then acts'.  The loose brush strokes transport this painting from just a post-modern ironic narrative to something a touch more visceral.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

November show

I also have quite a few paintings up in November at the the Hillsboro Arts center.

November show

I also have quite a few paintings up in November at the the Hillsboro Arts center.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Owl in a tree (with a detail of the owl)

This is one of the large painting I have been working on. It measures about 4'x7'. It hangs as a scroll. I'm trying to figure out how to mount large scrolls by myself. It is labor intensive and I definitely haven't perfected it yet. This one has a respectable amount of negative space for the viewer to fill with whatever it is they look to fill empty spaces with.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Hello Kitty, Paintings with Words

I've been putting a lot of words into my paintings lately. Hello Kitty is one example. I think doing a lot of paintings with Chinese calligraphy in them has inspired me to use English....especially since most people who see the paintings don't read Chinese.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Pile of Practice Paper in Pittock Mansion

July 17th to Nov. 14th Uncertain Times show at Pittock Mansion. See a pile of newspaper. Come back each week to watch it turn yellow.