Friday, November 20, 2009

Painting for Auction

I made a painting for a charity auction held by Loma Linda University Children's Hospital. Click the link for more information.
I hope some one will purchase this piece which shows my almost-there fantasy.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Sun goes down pretty fast these days...

It is Magnolia Blvd in Burbank. I was initially gonna paint the power plant, which is right next to it, but I thought this view had more potential. It is a bridge going over FWY5. I like how many elements were presented in front of me. The clouds were casting shadows on the mountain. This is a sunset view of LA River. The river is reflecting a sky above, which was still bright.

Monday, October 5, 2009

LA River near Quixote

I took a bicycle trip along LA River and did this one right before sunset. I won't recommend to paint there just because of the emission gas from FWY 5. I was there for 4,5 hours so I felt dizzy and suffocating at the end. I am fine now.

Bill Perkins Workshop

These are the paintings done at the workshop. It was pretty nice. There will be another one...Hum....It's very tempting.

Watercolor and Guache, Including architecture in your Plein-air landscape.
Pasadena Civic Center/ Saturday only October 24th
Cost is $60.00
Time; 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Hand-outs-on composition, approaches and techniques, and designing with organic shapes vs architectural shapes.
Demos and personal critiques and attention all day.
****If you attended last months workshops and have photos of your work or the just group shots of people painting Bill would like you to email them to me for his reference. We will conact you for your premission to use them for promotional purposes if or when we cross that bridge. thanks and hope to see you there on the 24th!!!
Thomas Brillante

Monday, July 6, 2009

Holiday Paintings

Elysian Park....I spent two afternoons for this one.
Echo Park.... Fireworks were fun to watch.
Angel National Forest....Mountains are very tricky:-/

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Santa Fe Spring, etc.

My palette are Titanium White, Lemon Yellow, Alizarin Crimson, and Ultramarine. The primary colors are all cold colors, which allow me to unify the colors.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009


I was on the slop where Burbank Blvd and the train track meet. I liked to the view and the lighting. I worked later in my studio to get the stronger lighting effect.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Melrose Street

As I was driving by the Banksy's graffiti on a wall , I spotted an artist with a big canvas on the street. I talked to this man and his name was Evos. He showed me his wonderful paintings in his gallery. Here is the link to his gallery. I really love his brush strokes, colors, the energy, and the play he puts on to his canvas. He captures the air and the movements in the place in a very straight and joyful way. I was drawn by those carzy colored buildings on the street. You can only find these pink buildings here.
The view from my apartment window around 11am.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Painting Landmarks

St. Charles Borromeo Church, North Hollywood
Ivy's Flower Station, Glendale
Art Center College of Design, Pasadena

Monday, May 11, 2009


Here are some paintings done over the weekend. I wanted to paint cars because they all have personalities just like the animated movie.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

San Fernando Blvd, Glendale

I painted from my car because I found a perfect view when I parked. There was an arch formed by the trees on both side of the street. It was an imaginative gate leading towards a parallel world. At least that was my inspiration. I was not sure I was able to express that.....Maybe next time.

Monday, April 27, 2009

LA River

It was around 6pm. I like to paint during magic hour, but I painted the earlier today. You can tell the location of the sun from the cast shadow on the white building. LA River was right behind the bump and the fence in the front.

Gouache and Pastel

Applying Pastel on the painting is another level of excitement. Those bright colors demand attention and statement. It opens the door to the cartoon world. I think I need more colors.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Head Study

I like going to Saturday Night Painting Workshop at ACCD because I feel like I went back to student. I do what I used to do but with more knowledge and different POV. Now I think more about artistic choice I can make. Thanks to Charles Hu, the workshop has been a fun and inspiring place.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Triplet from the trip

These are paintings from Japan. It was exciting to paint my home country. As you can see, there was always something man-made in my sight with a great density. I almost thought that its physical rule was different from US's. The air was different. It snowed when I was there.

Friday, February 6, 2009


It's In-N-Out on Riverside in NoHo. I did it for my friend, Ryan, on his b-day. Check out his cool website. Ryan will introduce you some 5star Internet games one by one. Keep track of your time, or you will end up in front of your computer at 4am.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

San Juan Capistrano

The mission in San Juan Capistrano was one of the oldest mission I have ever seen. The textures and how wind eroded the walls looks perfect! The koi fishes in the pond were unexpected and mis-matched in my opinion.

Grand Canyon

I went to Grand Canyon on New Year Day for the first time. Isis Temple looks man-made from far, but the scale is unreal. The summit is at 7,012 feet (2.13km)from the bottom. It's the second painting. I was surprised that there were some snow on the ground.