It’s been a year of painting the sunrise!

Oh man, I need to get on this blogging thing some more. 2015 is going to be more blog posts, I hope. But yes! I’ve painted the sunrise from the same spot for a year. I estimate around 70 paintings have been made during this time. So I took a good number of them and made it into a compilation video, with a progress video in the beginning. Kind of neat to see how the sketches have progressed through the year as I learned more about lighting and colour, as well as design choices. There’s still a lot of room for improvement though, hopefully this coming year will be addressing some of that.

The background music is from postmoderndisco’s EP “Chasing Memories” (which I did the album cover for, but more on that in a later post). The track is “Edge of Eden”, and the EP is available here:

Now for the paintings!! I haven’t posted them here in so long, I’ll just post some favourites since my last post. You can of course see all of them on my Tumblr for it:

sunrise painting

August 1, 2014

sunrise painting

September 19, 2014

sunrise painting

November 19, 2014

sunrise painting

November 28, 2014

sunrise painting

January 8, 2015

sunrise painting

January 21, 2015

sunrise painting

Sunset, January 27, 2015

As usual, mostly painted with Procreate on iPad and Photoshop. Til next post!

acrylic painting by caroline ji

Acrylic on paper

A master study using some variation of Zorn palette. I’ve been having a yellow phase lately where I find myself attracted to anything lemon/cadmium-ish yellow, it’s a little crazy.

Also what’s crazy is my acrylic paints here. They’re over 10 years old and were bought for some completely non-art related geography project or something. Back then I didn’t know much about paints or different hues/properties/what have you. (I barely knew how to draw, much less painting.) So I got 5 tubs (500mL lol) of which I thought were simply just black and white, and the primary colours. I had a good look so many years later, and they’re actually titanium white, carbon black, bright red, primary yellow, and phthalo blue. I’m pretty happy with these colours actually, except for carbon black. Way too cool (especially for this painting) and it was a bit of a struggle to add warm colours into it while maintaining the value. Good colour mixing exercise I guess but nevertheless, I’m surprised that the paints still work and the colours are doable.

erin in oils

Oils on 6″x6″ panel

megan in oils

Oils on 8″x10″ panel

grandma in oils

Oils on 5″x7″ panel

Some oil paintings I did in workshops with Keita Morimoto … one of my favourite contemporary painters. :) First two are alla prima, last one is through multiple sessions. It was my first time learning how to use oils, very interesting medium. (First time learning how to paint from someone who knows what they’re doing, really.) Oils are super flexible yet unforgiving. I’m still obsessed with gouache atm but will definitely explore more into oils. I’m also glad I didn’t try to learn oils on my own coz I probably would’ve killed myself sniffing things I shouldn’t be sniffing, haha.

sunrise painting

June 2, 2014

sunrise painting

June 9, 2014

sunrise painting

June 17, 2014

sunrise painting

June 21, 2014

sunrise painting

June 28, 2014

sunrise painting

July 2, 2014

Some of my favourites from the past month’s batch of sunrise paintings. Since the weather’s been nice, I set up a table on the balcony and bring my laptop out to paint. iPad is convenient, but Photoshop is still my ultimate love for digital art. It’s been roughly 5 months since I began these paintings, I’ve changed the way I paint them and visibly improved my sense of colour. Yay!

More sunrise paintings: