Saturday, April 28, 2007

Lilac Garden: Brooklyn Botanical Gardens

Lilac Garden, 36 x 36, acrylic on canvas, SOLD
After several weeks of diligent work, and a slight delay due to some virus that knocked me down, I finally completed a new landscape! This landscape comes from photos I took at the Brooklyn Botannical Society's lilac garden a few years ago. I was struck by the colors and the sunlight streaking between the lilac trees and turning the grass a brilliant yellow green. I had started this painting earlier in the year on a smaller canvas, but something wasn't connecting for me. So I put it aside and picked it back up again at the end of March, but this time started it on a large canvas. That seemed to be the solution. This painting, for me, is as much about space as it is color. I hope you enjoy it!

In regard to new work, I will be spending the month of May producing watercolor paintings on canvas and watercolor board. In addition to preparing existing work for upcoming shows and grant applications.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Lian Xin in the News!

Today's Downtowner newspaper in Cincinnati has an article featuring Lian!

In addition to this Final Friday's studio opening (April 26th, 6-10:30pm), she will also be appearing at Hyde Bark on Wednesday, April 25th from 5:30pm to 9pm for Yappy Hour to celebrate the opening of the movie Year of the Dog.

Lian has been busy painting since the last Final Friday, so even if you came to the March 30th show there will be new work to see! Lian and I look forward to greeting you there!


Thursday, April 12, 2007


(15 x 30, acrylic on canvas, SOLD)

The latest in the From Beyond the Ninth Wave series comes: Creidhne, (pronounced krev-nee) the God of metal working, the son of the goddess Brigid (the last painting in the series I completed) and the god Tuireann. He was one of three brothers (Creidhne, Goibhniu and Luchta) known as the Trí Dée Dána--the three gods of art. Together the three brothers forged the weapons for the Tuatha Dé Danann.

For this painting, I used an image of rusted metal. I loved the colors in the rust, and as I worked on the painting, I intesified the yellow to give the image a feeling of the precious metal gold, Creidhne's favorite metal to work with. Though not visible in this image, there is a layer of irridescent gold and metallic red glazed over the less intense sections to give the painting a subtle shimmer and feel of gold.

In other news, I am busy working on my web gallery . It is challenging work, since I am very new to web design every step is a learning process. I fully expect to have it ready this month, so keep an eye out for that!


Wednesday, April 04, 2007

The Art of Lian Xin!

Things have been busy here at DoAn Art Studio. I spent much of March experimenting with some new materials and working on the newest painting for the From Beyond the 9th Wave series, which I just finished and will be posting soon. Also, I am about half-way from finishing a new landscape painting, and about to begin some watercolor paintings on canvas! I am very excited about all the new work I will be showing in the next few weeks. Until then, I wanted to share with you a new, emerging artist who has been sharing the studio with me:

The Art of Lian Xin!

The Open Studio last Friday, March 30th went very well. Lian was very excited to meet and greet all the guests (people, dogs, and even one cat!) who came to see her work. Many people found it hard to believe that she really did the paintings, I suspect because, surprisingly, the pieces actually have a sense of composition and a very unique style. With the help of Natalie Hagar, I made a short video documenting Lian's painting process.

Because her work was so well received, I will be adding a page to DoAn Art devoted to Lian's Art. The page will have a gallery of her work and information about ordering personalized work by Lian. The paintings are made from non-toxic tempera paints on canvas boards and are sealed on the front and back with a UV-Varnish, which preserves the tempera and protects the canvas board from moisture. A picture bio appears on the back of every painting. (see image)

It is not my intention for Lian's work to be merely a novelty, but truly unique works of art that people can enjoy and appreciate! Not only are the paintings varnished to make them lasting works of art, but the paintings are very affordable, due to the low cost of the materials used to create them. If you can't make it to the studio to see Lian's art, then keep an eye out for the launch of Lian's gallery page, which will be going up this month!

DoAn & Lian Xin

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