A hint of colours make a difference

A hint of colours make a difference

My recent discovered favourite medium – OIL STICKS are so pleasing, fast and convenient to use.  They almost act like oil pastels, but contain no wax and give you a type of texture that regular oil paints would not.  When the oil sticks were completely dried, I...
36″ x 48″ canvas

36″ x 48″ canvas

I am amazed to find that the temperature and the variation of colours I am surrounded by has an immediate impact on my subject!  The minute I escaped from the severe Edmonton winter and arrived in warm Phoenix, Arizona, this is what I...
New layer of portrait painting workshop

New layer of portrait painting workshop

       A series of 4 3-hour workshops with Oksana Zhelisko at Paintspot in Edmonton.  Thick, bold strokes with big brushes, not to get caught up with small details and each painting was supposed to be done within 3 hours.  Oil sticks and scraping methods were also...
Oil Stick Workshop

Oil Stick Workshop

The first two photos were done exclusively with oil sticks whereas the last two landscapes were mix with sticks and oil paintings.  In both cases, oil sticks add the extra texture, fast and direct effects on paints.  They are my new favourite...
Drawing and Painting from live models

Drawing and Painting from live models

    From a quick 20-minute sketch to 3-hour drawing/painting from a live model in Watts Atelier in San Diego.  Getting the right proportion of human figure is the most challenging and I have a long way to go, but human bodies and faces are by far the most favourite...
A 8-day Art Boot Camp in San Diego

A 8-day Art Boot Camp in San Diego

Nothing but drawing and painting 12 hours a day for 8 days in San Diego – this is the best decision I have ever made in my 3-year art career!  What an eye opening experience for me – all the teachers are extremely gifted and the level of their achievement...
My FIRST teaching career – Let’s Face it 2018

My FIRST teaching career – Let’s Face it 2018

    This is a series of portrait video lessons by several guest teachers and I am one of them.  I will cover my mentor Russian artist, Nicolai Fechin for a mini lesson and a Japanese woman artist, Shoen Uemura for a main lesson!  The registration will start on October...
St. Albert outdoor art show

St. Albert outdoor art show

         Could not be a better weather to be taken place an outdoor art show, 2 blocks away from the famous St. Albert Farmers’ Market.  Indeed we know how to enjoy our short summer...