Brush + Paper + Paint

I picked up my brush and paper and acrylic paint recently. After working so long with computer, painting with brush becomes a very different creative process. I almost need two different brains working with both tools. The major difference in between computer and brush painting is no "undo" button. Paint on paper / canvas also does not have separate "layer" as working with Illustrator or Photoshop, so I have to have plan in my head what to paint first and what goes later.

It took me a short while to switch my mind set, but I love it once I picked it up, then I am hard to put down my brush and go back to my computer. I have to say I love both, they are just giving me more options in creating. If you have been making art with one tool only, I encourage you to try one more. It will take you to next new level of creativity.

I have done a few series of painting with acrylic, then took good quality photography, and touch up my art digitally. Below is one of my series called "Cactus in Bloom". If you like to see more, please go to HERE.


My Hens and Chicks

The fun part of living in a townhouse is we have a small backyard. I started my small garden last summer and most plants seem growing back this spring. What surprise me the most is my Hens and Chicks grew double the size from last year. I did not know they actually kept on growing even during the winter when it was covered my snow.

There are so many chicks squeezing out now, I think I should transplant some of them soon to let them having some space to grow bigger.

One Hens & Chicks starts to grow upwards in the center, I learned that it’s the beginning of the end. The center of the plant pushes up and up and it turns into a flower stalk. After the flowers bloom, the Hen will die. There are many offsets to replace the Hen, giving the appearance that it lives forever. I think it is what life about, one dies but many come along.

I love Hens & Chicks! I am planning to plant more in this season! : )