A Microscopic View

“A Microscopic View,”  watercolor on paper, 8″ x 8″, Chun Wang


The process that made this art was completely extemporary…well, at least at its early stage. I was making another painting while accidentally dropping paints on to this paper which formed patterns in a way that looks like some landscape. I then deliberately turned it a microscopic world (since I was sort of into cells and stuff). This seems to be my most abstract work in my life – even though I still tended to make it figurative!

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Between Clouds and Waters

“Between Clouds and Waters,”  watercolor & ink on paper, 5″ x 5″, Chun Wang


This piece was inspired by traditional Chinese paintings in terms of subject and style. What gives it a distinct modern touch is the brightness of color, which is generally absent from the traditional Chinese. I also played a bit with the concept of wash v.s. pen & ink, so there is that interesting contrast between spontaneous shapes and pinpointed strokes – maybe this can be a stepping stone towards a unique style of my own.

Kitty fun

The photographed version came out first – it was fun to have my painting interact with light. Then had a second version remaking it with a different mood.

Here is another version of it – inspired by the situation where Chinese (especially, Beijing) pupils are in when they play in the notorious heavy smog.

Rodin study

During a visit to the Legion of Honors in San Francisco I studied some of Rodin’s sculptures, or essentially craved volumes that perfectly worked with light. Volume, or depth, and light, are two central elements to a painting’s success. I nevertheless approached the sculptures with a different emphasis in my paintings of them: to me it was way more interesting to replicate the figures’ facial expressions than to paint realistically the light or volume – that could be an assignment from a drawing class but seemed tedious.

A watermelon

I learned a ton from drawing this piece, e.g. how to create 3D effects, paint shadows of objects, and that varying colors’ tones and brightness is very important for a good drawing. Thanks to Mr. Wenxian Wang’s tutorial videos.


The piece is hanging on Tao’s bedroom wall now, but as I take closer look at it, I think I can do better for my next practice!