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Plein Air @ Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve, Palo Alto, CA. 加州风景水彩寫生

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Being an outdoor painter, checking the weather forecast is very important. It was a beautiful day yesterday, I didn't bother to check and was excited to find a great new nature preserve. There were many kinds of birds, the dramatic sky, distant mountains... What a perfect place to paint a landscape in watercolors. Marilyn saw me painting and took a photo of me, she mentioned that it was going to rain. It did start raining only a few minutes after she left. I was crazily in rush packing my staff, while a nice gentleman was passing by and offered if he could help. I should say thanks instead of "No!", and wished he were an umbrella... It is so easy to miss an opportunity to show one's appreciation. I hope to meet this person again to say a big Thanks!
So far I have been quite spoiled with our lovely California weather. I really am grateful in life, no matter little thing or big, they all inspire me to paint.
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Plein Air @ Santa Clara University , CA. 加州风景油畫寫生

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It was gray, not a cold day. Beautiful campus at the old mission Santa Clara. I didn't realize that school started already. It took me a while to park my car. I had been to this campus many times, so I found a lovely spot to paint. Some flowers were blooming already, the trumpet flowers and palm trees in front of my eyes. Everything looked great, but I needed to go to the restroom. I tried not think about it and focused on painting. This natural physical challenge was not easy work around... I would finish this painting at my studio.

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Plein Air @ Moran Lake, Santa Cruz, CA. 加州风景油畫寫生.

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"Cherish your own emotions and never undervalue them." -- Robert Henri


It wasn't warm, about 50 degrees this morning. There were many surfers at the beach already. Some of them were not young, still so brave. I really admire them all.

Light is the source of the reality, can change the way you look at everything. Later the sun came out, felt warm, but my painting didn't look right any more... It was the challenging part of painting out.

I've learned for years that creating a good piece of art, artist should respect one's own emotion first. What do you think?


Plein air @ Emma Prusch Farm Park, San Jose, CA. 加州风景油畫寫生

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Switching to oil 12"x12".  Beautiful and warm after days of rain. There were many free range chicken, who were huge and friendly. They knew they could get food from people I believe. No food from me today. First time plein air at Emma Prusch Farm Park, San Jose, CA, and the first time I painted out in oil, I had to concentrate. Still they were cute, I took some photos for future painting project😊.

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Carson House - Almaden Historic District San Jose California

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This property, Carson House, located at Almaden historic district, San Jose, California. It has been placed on the National register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior.


The one I painted was based on the sketches I did on Christmas day 2017. After the painting was done, I did some research to view the old photos, and realized that there was no cactus in front of the house. I wonder how old those cactus are. The red color fruits on the cactus are very beautiful too. It made me really want to visit this museum as well, but it was closed. Next time I will make it.

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Carson House 1854 

One of three complete adobe house in New Almaden made of creek gravel and adobe mud. From the plaque on the wall: 

In 1855 a plan of the settlement of the Hacienda, including all home…