I post casually as painting is just a hobby at the moment. All the works were created by me at my home in Melbourne since 2019. It has become a small collection. I do most of my painting in acrylic. I am also experiencing in watercolour. Sometimes I do drawing and sketching in other media too.

  • Town centre of Stawell, 1

    2022

    Watercolour on paper

    23x30cm

    I went hiking at the Grampians National Park in Victoria this April. Stawell is a small town nearby. The buildings are old but with bright coloured walls. When I walked down the street in an early morning, everything was fresh and crisp.

  • Lighthouse and sailing at Portland

    2022

    Watercolour on paper

    30x23cm

    I went to Portland in Victoria, Australia in April this year. The lighthouse was small but beautiful. It was on a slope just next to the residential houses. There is a port in operation in Portland. I think it is mainly to load timber or other forestry resources on to vessels. I could see people do sailing in the coast as well. This town is not big but has several tourist spots like cave, tram, botanic garden and strawberry farm.

  • Duck, punting, lotus

    2022

    Acrylic on canvas

    60x90cm

    Around December to February which is Summer time in Australia, there is beautiful lotus flower blooming in the Royal Botanic Garden in Melbourne. It might not be my first time to see lotus flowers. But it was definitely the most stunning presentation of lotus blooming.

    Lotus is growing on one side of the lake. The flowers are outstanding. They would never be covered or overshadowed. They are just next to the walking path. They are floating in the lake which is in a good lower level than the path. The petals, the buds, the seed heads and the leaves are so translucent to be seen, so tender to be touched, so earthy to be smelled.

    Punting is a paid activity in the lake. Though I never try it, I am sure it would bring the lotus even closer which would be a good experience.

    Through all these encounters, I created this painting. I especially wanted to paint a reflection of a sunny day’s sky on a river. And it is very common to see a bird or a duck taking off or landing on a river. I always think that it is fascinating.

  • Crepe myrtle, jeep, walking the dog

    2022

    Acrylic on canvas

    40x50cm

    Crepe myrtle can be seen in every streets in Victoria. Many can be seen in the garden of residential home. They are so common. The flowers come in white, pink or red. The full bloom is very stunning. The tree bark is beautiful too. It is in creamy white with light brown patches.

    I was so attracted by the full bloom of crepe myrtle. The colour and intensity of the flowers brighten every corners of the neighbourhood. Once I drove by a street and saw a beige jeep parking along three lined pink crepe myrtle. It was like a flash in my memory. After some days, I couldn’t remember where exactly the spot was. I was so eager to find out the place. It took me a week to search the usual driving routes of my day-to-day routine. At the end I got it in Bluff Road at Sandringham.

    The drive for this painting is the full bloom of crepe myrtle. A beige jeep and a woman walking with a dog are the background good to have. That was what I felt. Of course it is absolutely fine if the audience thinks the jeep or the woman or even the dog is what they like.

  • Cotton, study 1

    2022

    Watercolour on paper

    16x23cm

    I’ve got a bunch of dried cotton in my living room. I like it white, fluffy, natural and wild. Although its madness look, it goes well with anything. And it lasts longer than I think. It has been here for more than a year.

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  • Lavender, study 2

    2022

    Watercolour on paper

    15x23cm

    Lavender is easy to grow in Australia. But the most common type is different from those I found in France. The one I had was called the English Lavender. It was smaller in size. It needs pruning and the flower stem should be cut after blooming in order to promote growth of more flower buds. I would keep some good flower stems and leave them to dry. I would discard the dried bunch after the flowers withered. It was quite fun to have this plant which doesn’t need much care.

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  • Lavender, study 1

    2022

    Watercolour on paper

    15x23cm

    The lavender that I planted last year bloomed most of the time throughout the year. I would cut the flowers and dried them. When they were freshly cut, the colour of the flowers was bright purple like in this study. The colour would turn duller and blueish day after day. I like the colour and the fragrance of it. I do massage sometimes. Lavender is one of my favourite aroma.

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  • Sunflower, study 2

    2022

    Watercolour on paper

    30x23cm

    First I saw on news about pick your own sunflowers in regional Victoria, I then visited the facebook page almost everyday to check when they would open. Sunflowers are harvested once a year in February and March. Every year the farms are open just for two to three weeks. The farmers couldn’t tell the exact date of opening as weather plays an important factor.

    Finally the very first pick your own sunflowers farm in Dunnstown announced its opening day. I went on the first week as it was recommended to go at their full bloom and before they were being cut by visitors and barely left any. Not every one going there would pick the flowers. Some of them went there just to take pictures.

    The farm was big. I didn’t know exactly how many sunflowers there were. I wandered around to take pictures and to find some flowers to pick. Wherever I was, I was surrounded by flowers and saw no ends. Everywhere was sunflowers. There could be tens of thousands. At the end I picked ten flowers to bring home. They kept on blooming beautifully and had last 10 days in a vase at home. There was long enough for me to study them and to do a few painting.

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  • Sunflower, study 1

    2022

    Watercolour on paper

    30x23cm

    When I ran out of idea, I would get a bunch of sunflowers. They are big and overwhelming. The shape and form are easy to draw. The colour is bright and energetic. My spirit is uplifted by merely looking at the flowers.

    I usually got sunflowers from the supermarket or the florist. But the flowers didn’t really bloom. I would say they were dormant and looked like dying. Maybe their life ended at the time they were being cut at the farm.

    The flowers of this study were chosen and picked by me directly from a sunflower farm. I shall tell you more in my next post.

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  • Lotus, study 2

    2022

    Watercolour on paper

    23x30cm

    Lotus is better viewed in rainy or gloomy days. It is a plant that purify my thoughts. Its delicacy and luminance of the flower makes me sink deep into my soul.

    Watercolour’s transparent and spontaneous nature suits lotus studies very much. Painting the petals is a joyful experience. The whiteness of the paper gives the brightest bright.

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