Wednesday, August 16, 2017
A spur of the moment decision led me to the Wishing well and I did not regret it when I saw the morning sunlight streaming through the grove of spruce trees over the the Wishing Well and over the beautifully landscaped garden , and saw the freshly carved tree trunk sculpture of three climbing black bears! What is even more delightful was to encounter Nancy MacKay, the park gardener at the very moment when I put my last brush stroke onto the canvas. Thank you Nancy for purchasing the painting! Your efforts behind the sculpture and the garden are the source of inspiration for the painting
Monday, August 14, 2017
Jocelyn Morlock 's Aeromancy for two cellos , there came the BU connection again! I got to know her way way back in the early 90s when I first came to study at BU. Jocelyn Morlock, next time you come to Brandon, I would like to see you again !
Saturday, August 12, 2017
Friday, August 11, 2017
Thursday, August 10, 2017
Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Monday, August 7, 2017
Friday, August 4, 2017
Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Saturday, July 29, 2017
Friday, July 28, 2017
Saturday, July 22, 2017
Monday, July 17, 2017
Thursday, July 13, 2017
playwright , and a poet in his life time who suffered a lot and was sent to labour camp for a few years during the communist years in mainland China. It was Zhengwen who opened my early eyes to the free and beautiful world of North America in the 70s in Shanghai. I will never ever forget how we listened together one night in my aunt's home in Shanghai on a worn out record the first time for me , the Beautiful Dreamer by Stephen Foster
Beautiful dreamer, wake unto me,
Starlight and dewdrops are waiting for thee;
Sounds of the rude world, heard in the day,
Lull'd by the moonlight have all passed away!
Beautiful dreamer, queen of my song,
List while I woo thee with soft melody;
Gone are the cares of life's busy throng,
Beautiful dreamer, awake unto me!
Beautiful dreamer, awake unto me!
That very moment from the dark age in China, I started to dream! I was 18 years old then.
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Sunday, November 20, 2016
The " Dome Building" --------Manitoba Provincial Exhibit Building on Keystone Grounds in early afternoon sunshine. Whenever I get bored , I pick up my paint brush, whenever I feel unhappy, I pick up my paint brush, whenever I get tired and sleepy, I pick up my paint brush. No exception today when I felt myself overcome with drowsiness at noon , I simply packed up my French easel ,loaded it into trunk of my car, and started to drive aimlessly until I spotted the dome building with its domes sparking in wintry sunlight. That is it. I set up to paint there and then against the cold, against the wind and even against the occasional sensation of hunger until what has been bugging me all dissipate and what is left in me is nothing but the pure bliss , the painter's bliss.
Saturday, November 19, 2016
Brandon Court House on Princess Avenue painted in sub -zero temperature today at 12 p.m. The greatest challenge painting outdoor faces at this time of the year is actually not so much the cold weather as the quick change of light which forces you to paint even more fast. Spent less than two hours painting today at the corner of 11th Street and Princess Avenue . Always enjoy the special kind of light at this time of the year which tends to imbue the landscape with a tinge of visual tenderness , and a wisp of light sorrow
Friday, November 18, 2016
A quick oil sketch this morning looking out of the window. Cold and gloomy with inevitable fall of snow. However, a flick of light from the window across the street outside , and Mozart's Piano Concerto N21 from CBC Radio 2 are enough to bring a touch of warm and a sense of jubilation to what should have been a bleak landscape in my sight.