This is my dear friend Alice as the queen of tigers. She asked me to turn her into a cat. Since she was born in the year of the tiger, I decided to give her tiger eyes, coat, and tiger-eye earring. However, my first attempt did not turn out to be cat enough for Alice. So this is the final version of the painting. I think it is very cool especially for a realism painter like me.
This is Alice's "Don't mess with the tigers" look. I painted this on the Christmas day. It is so appropriate because it was the one year anniversary of the death of young Siberian tiger named Tatiana. She was killed in the tragic incident on December 25, 2007 at the San Francisco Zoo.
Size: 6 x 6 inches Medium: Acrylic Support: Ampersand Gessobord
This is a portrait assigned to me as the year end challenge in DSFDF run by amazing artist Karin Jurick. I don't know who this person is, but apparently he is working from my photo. I just want to say that he is much more handsome in photo than this painting. Hope he would like it. I would love to exchange paintings.
UPDATE: I've found out that this is a very talented artist Tom Pohlman. I'm so thrilled to exchange portraits with him. What a great news to start the new year. (January 1, 2009)
Size: 10 x 10 inches Medium: Acrylic Support: Stretched Canvas
An idea of painting a raven watching a total lunar eclipse had been on my mind for a long time. I finally got around to start with this project and had fun especially with the lunar eclipse. While painting, I also thought about having this raven carry a moonstone as an extension of my Treasure Seeker series, but dropped that idea. I might come back to it in the ACEO format.
Size: 9 x 12 inches Medium: Acrylic Support: Gessoed Board
It's always a big challenge for me to paint birds. In this painting, I tried to learn about different types of feathers a raven has and how to depict the iridescent shine. It's not perfect, but turned out to be a handsome portrait, I think.
Size: 11 x 14 inches Medium: Acrylic Support: Wood panel
I spent many hours on this painting, trying to get into a wildlife art competition. It has turned out okay, I think, but don't know if it's good enough to be accepted. My friend photographer Deb Simon gave me permissions to use her beautiful photos. Thank you Deb! You are wonderful.
Medium: Acrylic Size: 5 x 7 inches Support: Ampersand Gessobord
I painted this portrait of Mexican Gray Wolf as a study before starting a larger one. The Mexican Gray Wolves were eradicated by humans. By the 1950s, the Mexican Gray Wolf had been eliminated from the wild. Today, an estimated 300 Mexican Wolves survive in facilities at the US and Mexico.
Medium: Acrylic Size: 2.5 x 3.5 inches (ACEO) Support: Scratchboard Sold
I experimented with a scratchboard. Scratches help depict realistic animal hairs, but I could not get the vibrant colors I wanted with acrylic paints because the unscratched part is black. However, the result is interesting. I just need more planning and practice.
I've been tagged by wonderful artist Erika. This means I have to expose unusual things about myself to the world and find seven others who would willing to do the same. It's a fun game and helps get to know the persons you are interested in. There is no obligation to play this game, but if you want, these are the rules:
1. Put a link in your posting to the person who tagged you. 2. List 7 unusual things about yourself. 3. Tag 7 other bloggers at the end of your post and comment on their blogs to let them know."
My seven mysteries: 1. In 3rd grade, my painting won some award and I was chosen to do a painting for the entire school to enter a large competition. Unfortunately I don't know what happened to that painting; they never returned it to me. lol 2. I scored full 800 points on the math in SAT. 3. I refer to all animals including bugs as "persons" or "people." 4. I had a close friend from Mexico. He spoke only Spanish, no English, and I had no training in Spanish, but we could always carry conversations and understood each other. Nobody knew why. 5. I used to do Tarot reading for my friends and family since I was at high school. I even participated in a psychic show in San Francisco and got paid by reading Tarot. 6. I had a 9 to 5 job only for one year in my entire life. Always worked and still work at home. My job is freelance technical translator. 7. I have traveled Japan, US, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Indonesia, Australia, and Italy. The most memorable things are not the beautiful temples, majestic scenery, or historic buildings, but the little creatures I met and came contact with.
I am tagging the following artists who are my great inspiration; if you have already been tagged by someone else, just ignore my tag. Remember this is just a game. Please participate only if you want to.
Size: 8 x 10 inches Medium: Acrylic Support: Ampersand Gessobord
This is our Frankie. He passed on October 12, 2008. He was only 10 years old. It’s always very sad to lose pets, especially young ones. This is my tribute to Frankie. He is now in heaven surrounded by beautiful stars.
Medium: Acrylic Size: 6 x 6 inches Support: Gesso board
This dog belongs to a friend of mine. More than a year ago, she showed me photos of her dog named Phoebe. I have been wanting to paint her for such a long time, and now finally did it! I wonder what Phoebe was thinking about when the picture was taken. She is a rescue dog. Like all rescue animals, Phoebe must have some incredible stories that we will never know. I just feel deep emotion in her eyes.
Animals and environments are very important issues for me, so I want the next president to work hard to protect animals and take immediate steps to reverse global warming that has been ignored under the current administration. As you might all know, Sarah Palin, vice president candidate for the republican party, is NO friend of animals. She likes to kill animals, specifically wolves and moose, and support commercial development over nature conservation. Check these links:
As you all know, John McCain picked Sarah Palin for Vice President. But do you also know:
As governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin proposed paying a $150 bounty for the severed left foreleg of each dead wolf. She has championed aerial gunning of wolves and bears and approved a $400,000 state-funded campaign to promote this awful practice.
Please check THIS VIDEO. Wolves need your help now!
This is my entry to a weekly challenge for Karin Jurick's dog "Jack." Karin started this challenge to commemorate her beloved Jack. I'm honored to be a part of this. Karin, thank you for posting this painting on your blog.
At Zazzle.com, I have created four different designs of T-shirts for the upcoming election. The message is "OBAMA for the Voiceless". The designs include Wolf, Leopard, Tiger, and White Tiger eye paintings. These are two of them: